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208 W 13 St
New York, NY 10011
212.620.7310

Building Hours

Mon–Sat
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

ABOUT YOUTH

At The Center we believe that you should celebrate who you are, what makes you unique and why you matter. For members of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth community, we provide a safe, inclusive and affirming environment to foster relationships, personal and professional skills and the evolution of identity. Open to young people between the ages of 13-21, our programs build self-esteem and help ready you for various life stages.

 

CONNECTION

As your community center, we provide more than just a wide range of services and programs for LGBTQ youth. We also provide a true home with open doors, where you can drop in to meet and make friends, and feel connected to those who share common experiences.

From dances, open mic nights and the Youth Pride Chorus to gaming groups, movie screenings and drop-in groups, The Center is your foundation for encouraging and furthering your connection to the passion and pride of our city’s LGBTQ community.

Connect through:

  • Discussion groups
  • Creative art workshops
  • Social activities and events
  • Performing arts programming

Visit us to learn what we’re about and what we do. Drop by any time during Center Youth hours:

  • Tuesday–Friday: 3–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12–5 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday & Monday
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LEADERSHIP

Every individual defines success differently, and at The Center we know that having access to leaders and mentors who understand your goals, and the barriers you may face in reaching them, is essential to realizing your potential. We believe in empowering you to build your self-esteem, advance your leadership development and cultivate skills that will support your ability to make positive decisions throughout every stage of your life.

From support with school and work to community involvement and beyond, The Center provides a variety of opportunities of varying commitment levels that are open to our LGBTQ youth community.

Leadership programs and opportunities include:

  • Peer leadership training
  • Summer camp
  • Discussion groups
  • College preparation
  • Career support
  • Personal or vocational guidance
  • Externships and internships
  • Mentoring
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THE CENTER STORY: Leadership

I’ve gained so much from Center Youth leadership programming. DD Center Youth Participant         

"Before coming to The Center, I was embarrassed of who I was and didn’t think I was smart enough to reach my goals. Now, I’m more aware of my surroundings, better able to communicate with people in my life,

and have truly found myself along the way. I got the support and encouragement I needed to feel empowered to make changes in my life, and recently returned to school—I’m not giving up on myself!”

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SUPPORT

At The Center we understand that, as a young member of the LGBTQ community, you may need support when facing a wide range of potentially overwhelming circumstances and emotions. From issues surrounding coming out and discrimination, to bullying, violence, anxiety, depression, HIV or other health concerns, abuse and other crises, The Center’s Youth staff can provide the support you need.

Here you can meet with counselors who understand what you are experiencing, and connect with other LGBTQ young people to build a support network for sharing experiences. We offer a range of affirming support that includes:

  • One-on-one support
  • Coming out support groups
  • Family counseling
  • Drop-in discussion groups
  • Crisis intervention
  • Youth community resources

 

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LGBTQ YOUTH RESOURCES

Since 1989, The Center has been providing services and resources for our growing community of LGBTQ youth and young adults. Please visit our Resources section to access a variety of New York City-based and personal resources.

Sign up for the Center Youth monthly e-newsletter for more information on programs and events.

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