Youth Programs and Services

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Drop-In Activities

A safe and welcoming social environment for LGBTQ and allied  youth ages 13-24 to build community, meet others, and participate in different activities. Youth Drop-In Activities take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3 to 6 PM. Activities include discussion groups, movies, video games, arts and crafts, and cooking workshops. Please note: To participate in Drop-In Activities, youth must attend a one-time Youth Program Orientation. Please call 718-808-1378 for Orientation Times).

G-Spec

 G-Spec is a weekly group for trans*, gender non-conforming, and allied teens ages 13-19. G-Spec meets every Friday at 6 PM..

Grrrl Power 

Grrrl Power Group is a weekly empowerment group for LGBTQ young women (born and/or identified), gender non-conforming individuals, and allies between the ages of 13-24. Dinner is provided.

The Grrrl Power Saturday Skills Series is a biannual 10-session series that also focuses on empowerment. The series covers LGBTQ identities, intersectionality, leadership skills, job and/or higher education readiness, financial literacy, self-defense, sexual health, reproductive justice, body image, and environmental justice. Meals are provided for each participant at every meeting. A stipend of $100 is awarded to each individual who completes at least 8 of the 10 sessions.

Grrrl Power is made possible by the New York Women's Foundation.

Pride U

Core Group: Every Tuesday at 6pm, the members of Pride U come together to plan the future of Pride U! Exchanging ideas, planning events, designing flyers, and outreaching to friends takes place in the two hour group, with free food thrown in! This group is for you to become comfortable with the other members of Pride U while still being a safe space, a no judgement zone, and a place where you can be you! Any and all ideas will be explored and we're always looking for ambassadors for our awesome programs! If you have any comments, questions, concerns, or criticisms, THIS is the group to voice them in! 

Momentum: A multi-session HIV/STI prevention-based educational group. Participants in Momentum interactively discuss what it means to be gay.bisexual/trans in the new era of hookup apps. Group members meet once a week and get to participate in interactive games and discussions revolving various topics ranging from relationship building,  community building, PrEP/PEP, proper condom usage, treatment as prevention (TasP), HIV testing, topping, bottoming, stigma, and more.

Momentum One-to-One: Individualized counseling services for young men and transgender individuals ages 15-29 providing assistance with education & job readiness, applying for public assistance, safer sex and risk reduction counseling, and referrals to HIV/STI testing and other medical and social services. Call (718) 808-1385 for more information/to schedule an intake. All counseling services provided are Free and Confidential.

The Backpack Project

Support the youth at the Pride Center of Staten Island to provide backpacks and school supplies to those in need as well as enriching programming throughout the year in our youth drop-in activities after-school program.