A brave space for LGBTQ youth…
Although society has come a long way in recent years, the statistics for LGBT youth are frightening. Consider:
- 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT
- LGB youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide
- 50 percent of transgender youth have considered suicide
- LGBT youth are five times more like to miss school because of bullying
- 90 percent of LGBT youth report bullying at school
The Center’s safe, affirming, and supportive environment has a special focus on youth who are questioning their sexuality and developing their personal identity. The Center’s Youth Program supports vulnerable and homeless LGBTQ youth to improve their health, economic status, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency for making positive life choices with the following programs.
All ongoing youth programs are free, except for a few events or activities that may have nominal charges to cover materials.
This unique haven serves as a drop-in center seven days a week offering youth a safe place to hang out, share with LGBT and ally youth peers, play video games, watch TV, have snacks, do homework and interact with mentors in a living-room environment with a computer lab, WiFi, cell charging stations, video games, and a television.
For homeless youth, the Center also has shower and laundry facilities, toiletries, and snacks to help these marginalized youth begin to feel human again.
E-mail Jesse| ☏ (916) 442-0185, ext. 110.
This program is funded in part by the Division of Behavioral Health Services through voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). This program also continues to receive support from IKEA, the Rainbow Chamber Foundation, and community members like you.
Support groups are age-based and offer free workshops, computer lab, Wi-Fi, referrals, outlets for phone chargers, food, TV, video games, showers, survival supplies, emergency and transitional housing, laundry facilities, free legal services, free counseling, and case management. They also welcome LGBTQ and questioning youth to gather for facilitated discussions, guest speakers, activities, game nights, and outside events. These groups cultivate positive mental health techniques that enable self-help, social networking, healthy activities, and positive messages about gender, sexual orientation, self-worth, and personal dignity.
Our current schedule is as follows:
- Monday Q-Ability Group (1st Monday): 6-7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday Youth Group: Ages 13-17, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Youth QPOC (Queer Youth of Color) Group: Ages 13-23
- Thursday 20-Somethings Youth Group: Ages 20-29, 8-9 p.m.
- Friday Youth Group: Ages 18-23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Q-Spot funding provided by Sacramento County Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) Innovation funds and administered by Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management and support from Walmart, Ikea, and Intel.
Sacramento Pride Festival:
The Center’s largest community engagement event is family-friendly and offers a Kids Zone.
- Wind Youth Services: Youth shelter and transitional housing, drop-in center. Phone: (916) 443-8333, Alternate: (916) 369-5447.
- Weave: Crisis Intervention Services for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors. Phone: (916) 448-2321.
- We Help Youth Sacramento (WHY Sac): Youth services. Phone: (916) 529-6742.
- California Youth Crisis Line: 24-hour hotline. Phone: 1-800-843-5200.
- National Runaway Switchboard: 24-hour hotline. 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).
- Trevor Project: 24-hour suicide prevention hotline. 866-488-7386.
- GLBT National Help Center: 1-800-246-PRIDE (7433).
- Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860