Approximately 15,000 LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) teens live in North Texas yet there are minimal resources available for meeting their unique needs. Youth First is one of the only LGBTQ-focused programs in North Texas that addresses the challenges these teens face at home, and within their schools and communities.
Serving middle and high school aged youth, 12-18 years old, Youth First equips them with the tools and resources they need to lead authentic lives. 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 and formative years. In addition, Youth First provides programming and resources for parents and families.
Educational Programs Engage and Inform
- Resiliency from bullying and harassment
- Gender Identity support group
- HIV and STD prevention
- Healthy Relationships
- Coming Out
- Tutoring and job readiness
- Discussion/support group for youth
- Discussion/support group for parents
- LGBTQ History Classes
- Suicide Prevention Support Group
Recreational Activities Promote Community Confidence
- Art, Theater, and Writing clubs
- Friday Family Dinners
- Summer Art Camps
- University of Drag
- Fieldtrips (Musicals/Shows, Dallas Zoo, Six Flags, etc.)
- 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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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.
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
A support group for transgender, gender non-conforming, gender questioning or youth anywhere else on the gender spectrum! This is one of Youth First’s most popular programs, and is led by transgender facilitators. Every Tuesday, 7 p.m.
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.
In conjunction with Healthy Relationships program, staff from our agency’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic provide HIV testing and prevention information for youth participants.
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.
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.
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.
LGBTQ Hisory Class
Once a month, an expereinced member and advocate of the LGBTQ community comes in to educate youth about the rich history of the community as well as share personal experiences that empower and motivate youth to continue to fight for progress and inclusivity.
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: