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Mondays

QYou Drop-IN:  3pm - 7pm

Check-In Discussion: 4:30pm - 5pm 

Snack: 5pm

#PowerUpPowerOut - 5pm - 7pm

Wednesdays

QYou Drop-IN:  3pm - 7pm

Check-In Discussion: 4:30pm - 5pm 

Meal: 5pm

#PowerUpPowerOut - 5pm - 7pm

Fridays

QYou Drop-IN:  3pm - 7pm

Check-In Discussion: 4:30pm - 5pm 

Snack: 5pm

Healing Arts - 5pm - 7pm

The Queer Youth Initiative at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland (QYou) is a safe and affirming place for LGBTQ+ youth ages 11-20. At QYou, we work to collaborate and provide youth with a network of support and opportunities to express themselves, make new friends, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Meet the Team

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Bridgette Lewis

QYou Program Coordinator - Cleveland
 BLewis@lgbtcleveland.org
(216) 353-6543
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Calvin Gibson

QYou Lorain Coordinator (He/Him)
CGibson@mlgbtcleveland.org
(216) 353-6511
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QYou Drop-IN: Youth ages 11-20 socialize in a safe space, while receiving identity affirmation and peer-to-peer empowerment. Daily check-in discussion held along with meal or snack. Accessing important resources, making friends, and promoting community involvement are encouraged.

Contact Program Coordinators for more information.

QYou Drop-IN is available virtually from 4-5pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday due to COVID-19. To sign-up and get access to the Zoom link, please fill out the following Google Form: https://forms.gle/VjdtxgBq7aayX2bQ7

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QYou Leadership Development Institute (#PowerUpPowerOut): Youth are introduced to the Center and given information on  how to become advocates of the LGBTQ community, as well as other disenfranchised populations, within their schools and communities.

13-week module series include topics on:

  • Sexuality & Gender Diversity
  • LGBTQ+ History, Culture, & Policy Challenges
  • Intersectionality, Race, Class, Privilege and Oppression, & Cultural Humility
  • Queer Sex Education & HIV/AIDS
  • Coming Out, Coping Skills, and Empathy-building
  • Consent, Healthy Relationship Building & Social Media Safety
  • How to be an advocate for the LGBTQ+

Youth who complete all 13 modules will receive $150 gift cards. This is an excellent opportunity for GSA (or similarly-named group) to participate in!

During COVID-19 we will utilize our Zoom platform to facilitate #PowerUpPowerOut.

Registration is ongoing. Join at anytime. Click HERE to register!

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QYou Ambassadors: Youth who attend the #PowerUpPowerOut series will be given the opportunity to become Ambassadors to the LGBT Community Center and work to make social, cultural, and policy change for the community. Their responsibilities include:

  • Leading & Representing Drop-IN youth
  • Volunteering & Training #PowerUpPowerOut
  • Attending community outreach & connecting to GSAs
  • Finding solutions & creating action

 

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The 2021 Pride Scholarship Application is now closed. 

The scholarships will be awarded at Pride in the CLE on June 5th, 2021. The application deadline was May 1st. If you have any questions, please email Denise Astorino, Community Engagement Coordinator at dastorino@lgbtcleveland.org

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