The Safe Spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth program engage youth who are LGBTQIA+.
The Safe Spaces programs provide a readily accessible community, with benefits that unite around three aspects:
- Communities fulfill the needs of the members.
- Communities provide a sense of membership.
- Communities are peer-led, adult-supported.
The drop-in space is a critical element for the program to offer emotional/social support, promote social connectedness, model pro-social behaviors and positive relationships, and addressing risk factors and protective factors in a way that increases resilience among LGBTQ+ youth. Through support groups that offer a space to be with other youth who identify in similar ways, or to receive inclusive and affirming sexual health and general health education, or to participate in civic engagement activities, the Drop-In Space offers many opportunities for members of the community to come together and be themselves, experience a sense of belonging, and create positive relationships with adults in their community.
The general scope of services:
- Drop-In center space
- Culturally responsive suicidal behavior prevention, education, and intervention services
- Onsite behavioral health support
- Case management
- Services for transition-age LGBTQIA+ youth
Our approach is guided by the following core principles:
- Racial Equity
- Build and sustain leadership of people of color and those from underrepresented populations
- Ensure programming is data driven, evidence based or evidence-informed, theory based and directly highlights and addresses racial inequities
- Provide services to people of color through community collaborations and networking building
- Address structured and institutional racism through a variety of policy and system strategies
- Provide Culturally responsive Trauma-and- resilience informed approaches
- Promote a just society with equity in economics, political and social rights, and opportunities for people of color