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Youth & Young Adult


QYou (Queer Youth Initiative) is a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ youth ages 11-20. Our weekly programming offers unique, identity-based activities that will increase access to helpful resources, develop peer-to-peer empowerment, and integrate life readiness skill development.  At QYou, we work to collaborate and provide youth with a network of support and opportunities to express themselves, make new friends, and engage with the LGBTQ community.  Allies of the LGBTQ community are also welcome in this space!

QYou is a peer-based collaboration that works to provide identity affirmation and guidance.  This program is here to provide you with a space to meet other LGBTQ youth and allies, explore your identity and learn ways to be your best, most authentic self!

For more information about QYou, contact Brian Lutz at blutz@lgbtcleveland.org or Ray Birch at rbirch@lgbtcleveland.org or at (216) 651-5428 x 114.

Program Highlights

  • Artistic Workshops (theater, crafting, fine arts, etc.)
  • Guest speakers from the greater Cleveland Community
  • Access to games, TV, wii, and cyber center
  • Group Discussions (topics created by both you and staff!)
  • College Prep/Homework Help
  • Job/Life Skill Workshops
  • HIV awareness/comprehensive sex education + materials
  • Access to community partnerships and opportunities
  • Youth Internships (video projects, art projects and more)
  • Staff Mentorship
  • Group Support


3:00 - 7:30 PM: Drop-In
5:00: Check In
6:15 PM: Pantry Opens


3:00 - 7:30 PM: Drop-In
5:00: Check In
6:15 PM: Community Meal


3:00 - 7:30 PM: Drop-In
5:00: Check In
6:15: Pantry Opens


Join Our Youth & Young Adult Facebook Group

The Pride Scholarship

Thanks to a gracious donor, The Center is able to provide an opportunity for LGBTQ+ students to further their dreams.

Financing higher education can often be a challenge for LGBTQ+ youth, especially when families are not supportive. According to The 2013 National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), LGBT students who experienced discrimination are more than three times more likely to have missed school than those who did not. Additionally, LGBT students who experienced LGBT-related victimization are more than twice as likely to report not pursuing post-secondary plans? But there's ways that we can help.


The Pride Scholarship will be awarded annually to two (2) eligible applicants between the ages of 17-25 who is a resident of Ohio.  There are no restrictions on what type of post-secondary education this student is pursuing. Students at any university, community college, technical school, art school, or para-professional program are eligible. Applicants may apply annually as long as they are eligible. Candidates should have a relationship to the LGBTQ+ community to apply; this means LGBTQ-identified, ally, or family and/or friend of LGBTQ-individuals.


Applications for 2019 are open now! All applications are due by May 1st.  The scholarship will be awarded on June 1st at Pride in the CLE.

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