LGBTQ Youth and Community Education Center
When Sarah (click here for Sarah's story) googled support groups for Trans youth in Westchester, there was only one listing - WJCS Center Lane. WJCS Center Lane is a place where LGBTQ+ youth and their families create community, connect with culture, and contribute to the world. In the video above, Sarah recounts her story as a WJCS Transparentcy parent. Please watch as she shares how the program helped her family at one of the most challenging junctures of their lives.
WJCS Center Lane continues to grow and evolve with the changing needs of the community. A new initiative, WJCS Pride Camp 2018, is being offered this summer as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for high school-aged LGBTQ youth to build community, learn more about how they fit into LGBTQ culture and make a contribution to Westchester through a service project.
To continue to offer safe, educational and accessible resources, we need you. Please help us serve the Westchester LGBTQ community. Thank you for showing your pride and support.
We're pleased to invite LGBTQ+ teens entering 9th-12th grades or this year's high school graduates to a unique camp where you will create community, connect with LGBTQ+ culture and contribute to your world! Selected by applicants will learn more about LGBTQ history and culture, have a transformative experience with other teens, and present your ideas to people in positions of influence.
♦ Who: Teens entering 9th grade through graduating 12th grade
♦ Where: 30 South Broadway, 6th Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701
♦ When: July 30th - August 3rd, 11am-5pm daily
♦ Cost: FREE! Lunch, snacks, and materials are provided!
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
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 parties gatherings, most notably, Gay 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 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.