Center Lane

LGBTQ Youth and Community Education Center

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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!

At this exploratory session, we’ll discover what LGBTQ+ youth need not just to survive, but to thrive, what resources we have in Westchester, and how we as a community can support and affirm all of our youth. Please join us in either Yonkers or White Plains in  August, as we begin to brainstorm, plan and prepare for our very special anniversary.  With all hands on deck from our community, we know that we can have an even more powerful impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ youth we serve.

Please share this with anyone you know who is interested in making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth and RSVP HERE!

We hope to see you then!!!

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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.  

Services include:

  • 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

  • Leadership training

  • Opportunities to interact with LGBTQ and straight peers in a supportive, fun, safe and caring environment 

Center Lane also provides workshops and presentations in schools and agencies. The Center Lane OneSheet provides more details.

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]

Visit us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/WJCSCenterLaneNY/

 

 

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