Youth 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

MYTE LOGO 2016Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment (MYTE)
For youth ages 13-19
Drop-in Hours: Monday – Friday, 3:00PM-7:00PM
Facebook:  MYTE Long Beach
Contact: Joel Gemino – jgemino@centerlb.org / 562-434-4455 ext.227

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 drop-in hours (Mon-Fri, 3PM-7PM), or schedule an appointment to meet with youth services representatives.

20 somethings logo20 Somethings
For individuals ages 18-30ish
Weekly Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Facebook: 20Somethings Long Beach
Contact: Mariel Fiedler– mfiedler@centerlb.org / 562-434-4455 ext.225

20 Somethings is The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach’s weekly social and support group for LGBTQ+ identified folks and their allies who are in and around their 20s. The group discusses weekly 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 Youth Services Manager for information about meeting time
Contact: Joel Gemino – jgemino@centerlb.org / 562-434-4455 ext.227

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

•Parent / Caregiver group
with a parent facilitator and therapist
•Transgender Teen Group (13-19 years old)
with a youth facilitator and psychologist
•Child Playgroup (3-12 years old; for trans youth and siblings)
with full adult supervision

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.

Case Management for Transitional Age Youth (18-25)

TAY Drop-in Hours: Tues 11AM-1PM | Thurs 7PM-9PM | Sat 10AM-12PM
Contact: mfiedler@centerlb.org / 562-434-4455 ext.225

The Youth Services Department in conjunction with the Mental Health Department is proud to offer case management services for transitional age youth (TAY) clients.  Our case management services provide TAY clients with linkage to mental health counseling, housing resources, job and career opportunities, affirming physicians, and peer support. Youth who are interested in case management services should come to our drop-in hours or make an appointment at the number below.

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 Manager Joel Gemino: 562-434-4455 ext. 227 / jgemino@centerlb.org

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 jgemino@centerlb.org.

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 jgemino@centerlb.org 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.

*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

Caregiver/Family Support
PFLAG
Families Like Us
Extraordinary Families 

Student/Educator Resources
GLSEN
HRC Welcoming Schools
GSA Network 

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

 

 

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