Youth Program

Youth Program at the Rainbow Community Center is designed to promote self-acceptance and a positive self-identity for all LGBTQ+ youth. We provide education; develop leadership; promote activism; and encourage socialization in a safe-space for LGBTQ+, questioning, and ally youth.

For a calendar of events, please go look under programs at "Monthly Calendars"

Youth Groups

LGBTQ+ & Ally Youth Ages: ​

*11-25

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

  • HAVE FUN!

Mentors

​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* 

4pm-6pm

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

866-488-7386

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

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 inclusivecoalition@rainbowcc.org | Click me for the Facebook page!

Our Partners

Center for Human Development

925-687-8844

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

510-567-3977

http://www.genderspectrum.org/

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

RYSE Center

510-374-3401

http://www.rysecenter.org/

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

http://www.ourfamily.org/

PFLAG

Danville / Click for their Facebook!

Claycord/  Click for their Facebook!

Oakland East Bay / Click for their Facebook!

Resources

Youth Staff

Please search under "About Us" for Youth Staff

Additional Documents

If you are searching for on-hand documents for resources, please click here

Inclusive Coalition

Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm at the Rainbow Community Center's back conference room

collaborates to promote acceptance and creating safe/inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in Contra Costa County schools, families, and faith communities.  Rainbow runs the Central/East County Coalition, which focuses on collective work with school leaders, staff and students to expand and solidify a base of action within three of the county’s school districts: Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Pittsburg Unified School District/Pittsburg High School, and West Contra Costa Unified School District. In addition to these united efforts, the Inclusive Schools Coalition works with other organizations, agencies, and faith communities: Center for Human Development, Contra Costa County Office of Education T.U.P.E., Fred Finch Foundation, Contra Costa County Health Services, Claycord PFLAG+, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church, Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church. 

Interested in becoming a Coalition member?

Email us at inclusivecoalition@rainbowcc.org