Youth First is one of the only LGBTQ-focused programs in North Texas that addresses the challenges LGBTQ teens face at home, school and in the community.
Youth First serves LGBTQ and Allied youth, ages 12-18 and equips them with the tools and resources they need to lead an authentic life through year-round, free programming that decreases high-risk behaviors, reduces social isolation, and increases self-esteem.
Support Groups and Education Reduce High-Risk Behaviors
- Gender Identity Night
- HIV and STD prevention
- Healthy Relationships Group
- Queer Youth of Color Nights
- Homework help and job readiness
- STAY Suicide Prevention Support Group
Social Programming Decreases Social Isolation
- Friday Family Dinners
- Game Nights
- Movie Nights
- Fieldtrips (Musicals/Shows, Dallas Zoo, Six Flags, etc.)
- Pride Ball Prom
- Holiday Parties
Creative Self-Expression and Community Involvement Builds Self-Esteem
- Art and Writing Club
- Creative Works Summer Program
- Dance Workshops
- University of Drag
- Community Involvement (Feeding the homeless, volunteering at Humane Society, etc.)
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.
- Click here for behavioral health services.
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Gender Identity Night
Gender Identity Night is a support group for transgender and gender-diverse youth, ages 12-18, facilitated by Youth First staff and transgender adult mentors on Tuesdays at 7pm. Youth are empowered to share their feelings, seek advice, and make connections with peers who have shared experiences.
In partnership with The Turning Point, we facilitate discussions about sex, consent and defining healthy boundaries and relationships. Few schools provide sex education and fewer cover LGBTQ-specific content. In order to reduce high-risk behavior among youth, education is critical.
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.
STAY Suicide Prevention Support Group
STAY (Saving Teens and Youth) is a suicide prevention support group that empowers LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 12-18, to break the stigma of talking about mental health, and creates a safe and supportive environment to discuss anxiety, depression, self-harm, and more. Facilitated by a Licensed Master Social Worker on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., STAY gives youth the tools they need to talk to their peers about mental health and teaches them how to get help for a friend who might be feeling suicidal. Simultaneously, we have a STAY support group for parents at 7pm that discusses warning signs, communication techniques with teenagers, and sharing experienes with one another.
QYOC (Queer Youth of Color Night) is a support/discussion group that is facilitated by two community volunteers, one is bilingual. This group brings together LGBTQ and Allied youth of color to discuss topics like social justice, coming out, intersectionality, and more. Youth have the opportunity to interact with positive mentors that they can relate to and learn from.
Friday Family Dinner sponsored by Mercado 369
Sponsored by Mercado 369, Friday Family Dinner is a weekly social activity for LGBTQ and allied youth, ages 12-18, and their family members and guests on Fridays at 7 p.m. Youth and their guests share a family-style meal together where friendships are formed, family ties are strengthened, and youth are supported. Youth First is open until 10 p.m. on Fridays so youth and their guests can play games, socialize, and spend quality time together after dinner. If you are interested in donating food for Friday Family Dinner, click here to contact us.
Pride Ball Prom
The Pride Ball Prom is a unique “come as you are” prom for LGBTQ and allied youth 12-18 to celebrate who you are! Our 2019 Pride Ball Prom will be on Friday, April 26th. Stay tuned for details on how to secure your free ticket!
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.
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.
University of Drag
U Drag is a 10-week program with weekly workshops facilitated by local drag performers and experts in the field to teach youth about the history and culture of drag, makeup theory and application, hair and costume design, building a drag persona, stage presence, and more! U Drag makes the art of drag an accessible form of positive self-expression for LGBTQ and allied youth. This program culminates in a U Drag showcase where participants can show off what they learned and educate the Dallas community about the art of drag being a positive form of self-expression for youth! The 2019 University of Drag program will kick off with a workshop on history and culture on Thursday February 21st.
How do I get involved with Youth First?
Youth First is a drop-in center and all programs and activities are FREE to LGBTQ and allied youth. You do not need to pre-register or let us know you are coming; you can simply show up to any of our weekly programs that are listed on our monthly calendar.
What if my parents won't drive me to Youth First?
Youth First can provide youth with free DART passes to assist with transportation barriers. The Community Center is located a block away from Inwood/LoveField DART train station.
What if I'm not out to my parents?
Because Youth First is a drop-in center, we don't have to have parent/gaurdian permission for youth to participate in our programming - we just need an emergency contact. The only exception to this is for fieldtrips and overnight lock-ins, we do need parent/gaurdian permission.
Youth First: 214-540-4471
Connect With Us
Resource Center Community Center
5750 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75235
OPEN: Tue & Wed 4-9 p.m.; Fri 4-10 p.m.; Saturday hours vary
CLOSED: Sun, Mon, Thurs
*Check the calendar above, as operating hours may change due to special programming or events.
Get involved with Youth First
- Click here to be a Youth First sponsor.
- Click here to access our Amazon Wish List for items that we current need.
- Click here for a list of food items that would help Youth First.
Special thanks to our program sponsors: