Youth Programs

Supporting a positive self-identity for all LGBTQI+ youth & young adults ages 11-25.


Addressing internalized homophobia, promoting resilience, & helping youth decide when & how to more safely & bravely disclose their gender identities & sexual orientation through:

  • programming

  • mentoring

  • social activities

  • virtual drop-in spaces


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Youth Groups

LGBTQ+ & Ally Youth Ages: ​


Rainbow Youth Groups include scheduled guest speakers, presentations, special projects, workshops, and discussions. They are always facilitated by our Youth Outreach Counselors who are trained to hold a fun and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth between the ages 11-25. Please refer to the Rainbow Youth Calendar under "Programs" for specific age requirements.


*Youth ages 11, must have parent/guardian permission.

The Rainbow Youth Program:

  • Get support

  • Make new friends

  • Learn more about yourself

  • Learn more about the LGBTQ+ community

  • Get advice on how to handle experiences happening at home, work, school or church

  • Build Pride



​Rainbow’s Youth Outreach Counselors—many of whom are graduates of our youth program—lead our youth groups; supervise drop-in hours; provide 1-on-1 support services for our youth members; and help organize and chaperone our dances, youth events, and field trips. Our mentors also serve as a link between our youth program and other services at Rainbow.

youth group

Every Tuesday and Thursday* 


Ongoing groups:

  • Drop in hang-out

  • Artistic Expressions

  • Movie Screening

  • Youth Gender Voice

  • Queer Open Mic

*subject to change, please refer to "Monthly Calendars" under "Programs" in the menu

All programs are hosted at Rainbow Community Center unless otherwise stated

Other LGBTQ+ Youth Services

The Trevor Project


The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. 

Contra Costa LGBTQ Youth Collaborative

The Collaborative is a joint community effort to reach and engage families, peers, schools, faith groups and other community members to raise awareness of the harmful effects of  rejection on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning  youth. Join by emailing | Click me for the Facebook page!

Center for Human Development


Center for Human Development (CHD) is a community-based organization that offers a spectrum of services for at-risk youth, individuals, families, and communities in the Bay Area.

Gender Spectrum


Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

RYSE Center


RYSE is committed to maintaining safety for the full diversity of youth they serve so they are able to take healthy risks emotionally, politically, and physically

Support for Parents/Guardians of LGBTQ+ Youth

Parent/Guardian Facebook page

Click here!

Our Family Coalition


Youth Staff

Please search under "About Us" for Youth Staff

Additional Documents

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