LGBTQ Youth and Community Education Center
Center Lane is Westchester's only lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and 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 a safe place where they can be themselves without the fear of harassment.
- Weekly support groups
- Individual, family and group counseling
- TransParentcy, a transgender support group for youth and parents
- Center Lane offers a number of recreational and social events to create community for LGBTQ+ youth, including movie days, social justice events, and holiday parties gatherings, such as for Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day.
- 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
In 2017, over 600 youth from Westchester, representing every racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic background participated in Center Lane activities. In addition, over 60 parents and primary caregivers benefited from direct services in Center Lane groups.. The program supports youth, allows them to be themselves and to be a change agent in their 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.