Youth Resources

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Capital Region Youth Activities

There are some exciting happenings this summer for Capital Region LGBTQA youths mainly thanks to the Capital Pride Center’s Youth Services. The Pride Center of the Capital Region has many programs for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24. Please contact the Youth Program Coordinator James Shultis or call the Pride Center at (518) 462-6138 ext 15.

-The Pride Center has information on GSAs, youth Advocating information and much, much more.  Some of the tools they have to offer include a GSA student toolkit, a LGBTQ Resource list and James is more than willing to give you assistance and additional information. Some additional Youth Resources are:

-YOUTH in Power summer camp – The Pride Center of the Capital Region is very proud to present what we all hope will be the first of many YOUTH in Power Summer Camps. The camp is FREE and open to all Youth ages 13-18. It is on Saturday August 17th-Sunday August 18th 2013 in Albany County, Feura Bush, NY. A group that is through the Pride Center of the Capital Region, filling out the 30 year history of guiding LGBTQA capital district youths.  Camp will be run by the professionals associated with the Pride Center of the Capital Region who identify as some part of the LGBTQA community. The environment of this camp will be warm and welcoming, where you can be yourself whether you identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, queer, questioning or as allied (straight or other allies). While the camp will provide education on LGBTQ history, rights, avocation and all other LGBTQ aspects of interest, there will be the fun aspect of every camp with outdoor activities, arts and crafts and more…please check out the even on Facebook. THE DEADLINE FOR THE APPLICATIONS IS THURSDAY AUGUST 1ST 2013. Please get your application by printing a word or pdf version, picking one up at the Pride Center at 332 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210 or contact the pride center by email or  phone (518) 462-6138 to have an application mailed to you. Once it is filled out and has all appropriate signatures – including parent or guardian if you are under 18 – please return the application no later then Thursday August 1st by fax at (518) 462-2101, e-mail or by regular mail at Pride Center of the Capital Region, Attention: CAMP REGISTRATION, 332 Hudson Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. The camp schedule is also available online.

-Center Youth Action Team (CYAT) – The Center Youth Action Team is a program that works with the Pride Center and gives training to high school students in one of the counties served by the Pride center in LGBTQA leadership, education and speaking. Working in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Fulton, Washington and Warren counties with schools, GSA’s and community groups all year round to give its members a chance to learn how to work professionally with these people to advance their LGBTQA agenda. Applications are available online by word or pdf and can be returned to Youth Program Coordinator James Shultis. Please visit the youth page on the Pride Center’s site, or call (518) 462-6138 for more information. THE DEADLINE FOR CYAT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2013-2014 TEAM IS AUGUST 30TH. The Center Youth Action Team is funded in part by The William and Mary Barnet Family Foundation.

-Youth groups:

            -Albany LGBTQ Youth Peer Support Group meets  ctr every Fri 7-8:30 PM ages 13-18 welcome, trained facilitators, supervised by pride ctr staff, safe environment to be self and meet others with like minded thinking from surrounding schools

            -Schenectady LGBTQ Youth Peer support Group “Rainbow Nights” meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 6-7 PM @ Proctors Theater Underground Space in Schenectady. ages 13-18 welcome, trained facilitators, supervised by pride ctr staff, safe environment to be self and meet others with like minded thinking from surrounding schools

-THRIVE Clinical Youth Group – age 16-24. THRIVE generally meets for 10 weekly sessions. They are currently in session and have been since June. THRIVE is a free, confidential and interactive group that has limited space requiring an intake process. This year’s summer session is full and in progress. THRIVE focuses on transitioning into adulthood as a member of the LGBTQ community. Please contact or call (518) 462-6138 for more info.

The Trevor Project

 If you are having a difficult time, please use — and pass on — these support tips from The Trevor Project:

Get Help Now from The Trevor Project

If you are considering suicide or need help, call the Trevor Project now:

866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

Growing up as an LGBT youth is never easy. But many of us have made it through the difficult times in school, and have seen our lives get better and better every year..

The TREVOR PROJECT, a partner of It Gets Better, is a great place for LGBT teens going through difficult times to find help. The Trevor Project has a website full of helpful resources, and a staff that is ready to you find the support you need.

If you think you need help, there are always people here to support you.

Tips for getting support

Call the Trevor Project right now
If you're considering suicide, call 
866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) right now. There are people standing by ready to talk to you.

Check out the
The Trevor Project’s WEBSITE has many great resources that allow you to learn from the experiences of others and connect with other LBGT kids like you.

Know that your feelings matter.
For real. There is a place for us in the world, even though some of us haven’t found it yet. No matter what the bullies in your school or family say, you don't have to be ashamed of who you are or what you feel.

Don’t be alone.
Even though you may have some time left before you can move on from school, and even if you feel like you're the only kid in your community who’s going through a difficult experience, you can connect with us. We want to hear from you, and we want to help.