The Safe Spaces program consists of community-based organizations currently working with LGBTQ youth, to provide services that are trauma-informed, founded in Positive Youth Development, and are culturally appropriate and specific to LGBTQ youth. Services provided within Safe Spaces work to promote self-esteem, increase social connectedness and resilience, and decrease risk for suicidal behaviors (and self -harm). Services are housed within a setting that provides safety, support, and allows youth to be their whole-selves within the space; not having to compartmentalize their various identities in order to fit in or feel safe. These spaces, called “Sanctuary Programs”, provide social and emotional support for LGBTQ youth who may be particularly vulnerable to or at elevated risk for violence, by connecting LGBTQ youth to needed services identified through individual assessment. Self-esteem and resilience are promoted among participating youth through the development of leadership skills, event planning, and opportunities for community engagement.

Our programs provide services and programming that are trauma-informed, utilizing Positive Youth Development in design and implementation, and include suicidal behavior prevention activities. In addition to LGBTQ youth, priority populations for the Safe Spaces program include: LGBTQ Youth of Color, Transgender Youth, Homeless/Unstably Housed/Unaccompanied LGBTQ Youth, LGBTQ Youth Aging Out of Services (DCF, DYS etc.), LGBTQ Youth with Disabilities, and Immigrant and Refugee LGBTQ youth.

For questions or comments please contact:

Steven Smyth, Director
Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth
Email: Steven.Smyth@State.MA.US

Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Youth Funded Programs

Vendor Name/AddressProgram/Project Name/Telephone/WebsiteRegion/Population
14 Beacon Street, Suite 620
Boston, MA 02108
BAGLY Trans Advocacy and Education Project

Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
Boston Region
Transgender Youth
GLBT Youth
The Bridge of Central MA, Inc.
4 Mann Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Safe Homes
Central Region Worcester
GLBT Youth
Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions - Youth Programs
393 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
TREE (Transgender Educated and Empowered) Includes a collaboration with Generation Q
Western Region
Franklin , Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions
Transgender Youth
The Home for Little Wanderers
10 Guest Street, Suite 300/88-89 Nightingale Street
Boston, MA 02135
YARN (Youth Adult resource Network)
Boston Youth
LGBTQ Youth of Color
Justice Resource Institute
25 West Street - 5th floor
Boston, MA 02111
Boston GLASS
SOLO (Stepping Out to Love Ourselves)

HELP (Housing and Employment Linkage Program)
Boston Region
GLBT Youth of Color
Massachusetts Asian AIDS Prevention Project
MAP for Health
322 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
MAP for Health
Phone: (617) 426-6755

Asian Pride
Phone: (617) 426-6755
Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander GLBT Youth
Out Now
32 Hampden Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Latino GLBT Youth Project
Western Region
Latino GLBT Youth
Youth on Fire
1555 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Youth on Fire
Includes a collaboration with other AAC programs including TransCEND
Metro West Region
Homeless GLBT youth

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This information is provided by the Violence Prevention and Intervention Services within the Department of Public Health.