Youth & Family Services

About

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is dedicated to providing quality services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ) youth and their caregivers.

 

Social & Support Groups 

Generation Q
For ages 9-12
Monthly Meeting Time: Contact below for information about meeting time
Contact: Have an adult contact Peter Baek – [email protected] / 562-434-4455 ext. 224

Generation Q is a peer activity group for LGBTQ+ identified youth who are  9-12 years old. Youth participants have the opportunity to engage with others in a safe space through interactive games, workshops, and discussions. Parent/Caregiver permission is required.

 

MYTE LOGO 2016Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment (MYTE)
For youth ages 13-19
Hours: Fridays (in-person) 3:30-6:30pm
Facebook:  MYTE Long Beach
Contact: [email protected]

Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment provides LGBTQ youth and allies with a safe and affirming space in which they can build community, learn essential life skills, and engage in cultural activities with peers and adult mentors.  The program regularly offers workshops and activities, including healthy relationships and sexual health discussions, art space, and sewing lessons, to name a few.  In addition to our afterschool drop-in space, MYTE also goes on monthly field trips to provide youth with cultural opportunities.  Lastly, MYTE also hosts a series of special events, such as our annual youth dance Monster Ball.  To join the MYTE program, please come to The Center during operating hours (Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm, ), or schedule an appointment to meet with youth services.

 

20 somethings logo20 Somethings
For individuals ages 18-30ish
Meeting Time: Every Other Wednesday, 7:00PM-8:30pm
Facebook: 20Somethings Long Beach
Contact: [email protected]

20 Somethings is The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach’s social and support group for LGBTQ+ identified folks and their allies who are in and around their 20s. The group discusses topics; hosts open conversation; and organizes regular team-building activities. Outside of the meeting space, The Center organizes seasonal event calendars for the 20 Somethings group, which includes outings and local activities.

 

TF LogoTransparent Families
For families with transgender and gender nonconforming children/teens
Monthly Meeting Time: Contact Family Services Coordinator for information about meeting times
Contact: Peter Baek – [email protected] / 562-434-4455 ext. 224

The Center is proud to offer this group for families with transgender and gender creative youth.  During the monthly Transparent Families meeting, two separate groups meet simultaneously:

1) Child Playgroup (3-12 years old; for trans youth and siblings)
2) Parent Caregiver Discussion Group

Transparent Families allows youth to live as their real selves, free from pretense or self-deceit.  As a group, we readily understand each other and we offer visibility and accessibility of information.

To ensure privacy, we ask that each interested family complete a short intake over the phone with the Youth Services Manager.

 

Linkage to Community Support and Resources for Transitional Age Youth (18-25)

Contact: [email protected] / 562-434-4455

The Youth Services Department in conjunction with the Mental Health Department is proud to offer linkage to community support and resources for transitional age youth (TAY) clients. We provide TAY clients with linkage to mental health counseling, affirming physicians, and peer support. Youth who are interested should visit The Center or make an appointment at the contact above.

Advocacy & Education

LGBTQ Student Advocacy

The Center is dedicated to making sure that LGBTQ students have the necessary support systems at their schools.  Should a student or caregiver need assistance finding that support, please contact the Youth Services School Liaison Cal Bigari at 562-434-4455 ext. 243 / [email protected]

Professional Development Trainings & Class Presentations

The Youth Services Department is available to conduct professional development pertaining to LGBTQ+ cultural competency for K-12 schools and other agencies/organizations who serve youth. PD trainings can be tailored to meet the needs of your agency.

You can also schedule a time for us to come to your class to speak on a variety of LGBTQ+ related topics.  We have experience working with all levels of youth from kindergarten to college.  Some of our presentation topics include:

•Best Practices in Working with LGBTQ+ Youth
•Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools
•Transgender Ally Training
•LGBTQ+ History 101
•LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum

To schedule professional development trainings or class presentations, please contact [email protected]

Outreach

Want us to come to your school’s GSA club? Want us to table at a resource fair? We appreciate any opportunity to provide resources and information to youth and their caregivers.  Please contact [email protected] to schedule a time for us to provide your organization with resources.

Volunteering

Youth Services is consistently looking for dynamic and engaging individuals to become adult mentors in our MYTE program!  Interested individuals should attend a volunteer info session.

MYTE Mentor Program Volunteer

*Note: Individuals accepted into MYTE mentor positions must provide a negative TB test, and must submit to a Livescan background check.

Helpful Links

Youth Support
Trevor Project
Trans Life Line
LA Gender Center
CHLA Center for Transyouth Health & Development
Q Chat Space

Caregiver/Family Support
PFLAG
Families Like Us
Extraordinary Families 

Student/Educator Resources

Affordable Colleges Online
GLSEN
HRC Welcoming Schools
GSA Network
Student Information Form (Sample)

Youth Employment & Housing
Pacific Gateway
Casa Youth Shelter
Youth Center on Highland
LAYN
Goodwill of Southern LA County
Trans Can Work

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