Program for LGBTQ+ Youth and LGBTQ+ Education
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Hello Center Lane Community!
WJCS cares about the health of all we serve. To ensure everyone's physical health, we will not be holding after school, group or TransParentcy programs for the immediate future. To ensure everyone's mental health, we’ll be exploring creative ways to stay connected even if it can’t be in person. Be healthy, be safe and be in touch!
WJCS Center Lane Program Director
WJCS Center Lane is moving! The good news is we are staying in the same building, 30 South Broadway in Yonkers. The great news is that we are moving to the 8th floor, in a space that we are designing for us.
Keep checking your emails and our website for updates, but beginning March 23rd, we'll be closing our services in Yonkers so we get packing. Thank you for your patience as we make a new space ready for even more great Center Lane Programming!
2020 will be WJCS Center Lane’s 25th anniversary, and we need your help to celebrate!
In addition to remembering the amazing accomplishments of Center Lane since 1995, we’re taking this opportunity to explore how to build the necessary foundation to help LGBTQ+ youth create community, connect with culture and contribute to the world for the next quarter century!
Please email us if you are interested in helping being the part of the community that helps LGBTQ+ youth thrive, identify the resources we have in Westchester, and how we can support and affirm all of our youth.
Center Lane is Westchester's only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) youth and community education center. Designed to reduce the isolation that many LGBTQ young people feel and promote a community culture that is supportive of LGBTQ+ youth, the center provides an opportunity for socialization, enhanced self-esteem and personal growth in an affirming place where they can be themselves, without the fear of harassment.
Weekly support groups
TransParentcy, a transgender support group for youth and parents
Recreational and social events to create community for LGBTQ+ youth, including movie days, social justice events, and holiday gatherings, most notably, our Prom.
Extensive community education and training in schools, youth serving agencies and social service agencies on important issues that face LGBTQ youth
Social justice and advocacy activities, including marching in the annual Pride March in New York City and meeting with legislators in Albany on LGBTQ rights
Opportunities to interact with LGBTQ and straight peers in a supportive, fun, safe and caring environment
In 2018, over 1200 youth from Westchester, representing every racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic background participated in Center Lane activities and workshops. In addition, we presented educational programs to over 1300 adults. Our program supports youth, allows them to be themselves and teaches them ways to be agents of change in their schools and communities. The result is a respectful, multicultural community of friends who support and empower each other through the challenges of adolescence.
Read about some of the issues affecting LGBTQ youth in an article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Center Lane is supported by funding from the New York State Department of Health and Office of Family and Children’s Services and through a grant from The Westchester Community Foundation.
Contact Center Lane at: 914-423-0610 or [email protected]
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