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.
For ages 9-12
Monthly Meeting Time: Contact below for information about meeting time
Contact: Please have an adult contact Malik Ensley – firstname.lastname@example.org / 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.
Mentoring 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 – email@example.com / 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 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.
For families with transgender and gender nonconforming children/teens
Monthly Meeting Time: Contact Youth Services Manager for information about meeting time
Contact: Malik Ensley – firstname.lastname@example.org / 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, three separate groups meet simultaneously:
•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.
Q Chat Space
For individuals ages 13-19
Meeting Times: Visit www.qchatspace.org
Like MYTE, Q Chat Space online groups give you a dedicated space to come together with other youth and discuss topics relevant to your identities and experiences – it’s just online! It is not a forum. It is live and chat-based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.
Go to www.qchatspace.org to check it out and see what groups are available this week.
TAY Drop-in Hours: Tues 11AM-1PM | Thurs 7PM-9PM | Sat 10AM-12PM
Contact: email@example.com / 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.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time for us to provide your organization with resources.
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.