Out Youth’s Drop-In Center is a safe space and “home sweet home” for LGBTQ+ youth like you! And, for our allies, we welcome you with open arms!
The Drop-In Center is actually an old two-story blue house with a big front porch. It makes for a very homey and comfortable space. We believe that anyone who visits Out Youth should feel at home, and you should consider yourself a part of the Out Youth family.
It is that feeling of warmth that makes the Drop-In Center so special. One youth said that she drove past the house several times before she got the courage to stop and come in, but once she arrived, it felt like coming home after being away for a very long time. Another youth would come over and sit on the porch, even when he knew we were not open, because he felt safe here.
The Drop-In Center is where you can participate in programs and services, but we hope you’ll see it as a place where you can be yourself, make friends, and develop into happy, healthy, and successful young adult!
DROP-IN CENTER HOURS
Sundays – 4:30pm to 8:30pm (Ages 12-18)
Wednesdays – 4:30pm to 8:30pm (Ages 12-18)
Who can come to Out Youth Drop-in?
Youth aged 12-18 who identify within the LGBTQ+ umbrella, or are questioning their sexual and/or gender identity, are welcome to Youth Drop-in on Sundays and Wednesdays. Allies are also welcomed.
Young Adults aged 18-23 are welcome to our Young Adult Services (YAS!) Program
What happens on my first day?
When you arrive at Out Youth for Drop-in, you will be warmly welcomed into our family and asked for your preferred name and pronouns. There is some paper work that will need to be completed upon arrival that asks for your contact information and some questions about your background.
After you complete your paperwork, one of our friendly youths will give you a tour of the space and answer any questions that you might have. You might be nervous at first, but rest assured that everyone feels like that at first. Our youth and staff will make sure that you are included in conversations and activities.
Do my parents need to know I'm here?
No. We will never contact your parents if you are not comfortable with that. We ask that you provide an emergency contact, but this does not have to be your parents.
What happens at Drop-in?
From 4:30-6pm, youth hang out, eat snacks from our free snack closet, check in with counselors and staff if needed, and catch up with friends. The Drop-in Center is a space for you to express and explore your genuine identity while connecting with other youth who share similar experiences.
From 6pm-7pm, everyone in the house gathers in our family room to do introductions, answer a question of the day, and listen to announcements. After this, an hour of programming is provided for all youth. Programming in the past has included song/poetry workshops, hot topic conversations, art lessons, speakers, and much more.
After programming, youth continue to hang out until 8:30pm.
Do I have to pay to come to Drop-in?
No. Drop-in is completely free thanks to our generous donors. You or your parents are welcome to make a donation so we can continue to grow Out Youth's mission.
Check our calendar for closures, programming and other event information.
For questions regarding Drop-in, please contact Sophie Osella at firstname.lastname@example.org