Program for LGBTQ+ Youth and LGBTQ+ Education
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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.
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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