Approximately 15,000 LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) youth live in North Texas, yet there are minimal resources available for meeting their unique needs. Youth First is one of the only LGBTQ-focused youth programs in North Texas that addresses the challenges these youth face with family members, peers and fellow students.
Serving middle and high school aged youth, 12-18, Youth First equips them with the skills they need to lead an open life. Family ties are strengthened, peer support networks are built and mental health is supported through activities that build confidence and address the specific issues that LGBTQ teens face during their critical, formative years.
Educational Programs Engage and Inform
- Resiliency from bullying and harassment
- Gender Identity group
- Advocacy and Volunteerism
- HIV and STD prevention
- Healthy Relationships
- Coming Out
- Tutoring and job readiness
- Discussion/support group for youth
- Discussion/support group for parents
- GED program
- Lifeskills and mentorship
Recreational Activities Promote Community Confidence
- Art, Theater, and Writing clubs
- Friday Family Dinners
- Summer camps
- Summer Art show
Behavioral Health Services Strengthen Coping Skills
- LGBTQ focused mental health and substance abuse for youth.
- Behavioral Health counseling services are available for teens in either individual, group or family settings.
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Check out our programming:
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This program provides materials, instruction and support for youth seeking a creative outlet. An annual summer art camp and art show (in the summer) allow youth to share their art with the community. Third Thursday, 7 p.m.
Want to learn basic food preparation and cooking skills? Join us for a cooking class then enjoy eating your creation. First Thursday, 7 p.m.
Friday Family Dinner
Each week, a corporate, community, faith-based group or family provides a family-style meal for our youth and their guests. Activities follow after dinner. Dinner is served every Friday at 7 p.m. If you are interested in sponsoring Friday Family Dinner, click here to contact us.
This program is designed for youth who want to complete their GED. Join your peers for a weekly guided study through one of the best known GED preparation books. Register here for individual training.
Gender Identity Night
Originally developed as a support group for transgender and non-binary youth, this program has expanded to include all youth affected by gender stereotypes and a largely heteronormative society. This is one of Youth First’s most popular programs, and is led by transgender facilitators. Every Tuesday, 7 p.m.
In conjunction with Healthy Relationships program, staff from our agency’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic provide HIV testing and prevention information for young participants. Second Thursday, 7 p.m.
During the school year, many students find themselves needing extra help editing a paper, studying for exams, or completing assignments. Our homework help program provides youth with assistance and resources to succeed in school. The computer lab is equipped with Wi-Fi, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and printing capabilities. Register here for individual support.
Parent Support Group
Are you a parent or guardian of an LGBTQ youth seeking support from fellow parents? Do you want resources and information that will enable you to be a more supportive parent? Join us the First and third Fridays, 7 p.m.
In partnership with The Turning Point, we will facilitate discussions about sex, consent and defining healthy boundaries. Few schools provide sex education and fewer cover LGBTQ-specific content. In order to reduce high-risk behavior among youth, education is critical. Second Thursday, 7 p.m.
Learn the basics of on stage theater work and perform all kinds of FUN acting games! Including: Improv, Pantomime, learning how to develop different kinds of characters and different ages, and how to overcome fear of speaking in front of a group. Third Thursday, 7 p.m.
Writing can be a powerful form of self-expression and means of having a voice in the world. Each Tuesday youth will have the opportunity to discuss your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry with professional authors and editors who will encourage you in your writing and help you hone your skills to create the best work possible. Fourth Thursday, 7 p.m.
Get involved with Youth First
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