Youth Resources

Transgender Youth Organizations/Programs

Capital Region

Capital Pride Center: Center Youth
Albany: 332 Hudson Avenue, (518) 462-6138
Capital Pride Center's Center Youth program includes: Albany LGBTQ Youth Peer Support Group (meets at the center), Schenectady LGBTQ Youth Peer Support Group (meets at Proctors Theater Underground in Schenectady), THRIVE Clinical Youth Group (mental health and wellness group for young LGBTQ adults), Center Youth Action Team (CYAT, conducts trainings and gathers young LGBTQ leaders), Advocacy Opportunities, Social Opportunities, and Resources for High School Students and GSA's.

Central Region

AIDS Community Resources: The Q Center
Syracuse: 627 W. Genesee Street
(315) 701-2431
The Q Center is a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allies to gather, share, hang out, have fun, and build healthy relationships with supportive adults and peers. The Q Center provides support groups, educational support, counseling services, social events, HIV/AIDS education and testing, opportunities for community involvement, and support for Gay-Straight Alliances and schools.

Identity Youth
Ages 14-20
Binghamton: 206 State Street
(607) 651-9120
Identity is a youth/teen center in Binghamton, NY. Identity Center aims to be a "safe space" for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals but also welcomes any youth in general no matter of their sexual identity, orientation, or gender identity. The center offers education, support, and recreational programs, as well as features such as books and literature, a television and game system, several computers, wireless internet, and a kitchenette.

Hudson Valley

Center Lane
Ages 13-21
White Plains: 34 South Broadway, Ste. 214. Tue.-Thu. (914) 358-1006
Yonkers: 20 South Broadway, Ste. 420. Mon and Fri. (914) 423-0610
Emotional and social support, individual, group and family counseling, advocacy, education/training, talent shows, dances, poetry slams, etc.
White Plains location has "TransPARENTcy," a support group for parents and guardians for transgender or gender non-conforming youth. Call White Plains Center Lane for more information.

Open Youth Discussion Group
Ages 13-21
Hudson: Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren Street
Discussion and support group for LGBTQ and ally identifying youth.
Meets the last Sunday of each month from 1 – 2:30 pm.
Group leader: Jamie Trachtenberg, LCSW, Hudson Pride Foundation
(917) 725-4019 or gro.noitadnuofedirpnosduh|eimaj#gro.noitadnuofedirpnosduh|eimaj

Long Island

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY)
Ages 13-21
Bay Shore, NY: 34 Park Ave.
(631) 665-2300
Garden City, NY: 400 Garden City Plaza, Suite 110
(516) 323-0011
Social and supportive services for LGBT and Questioning young people in Nassau and Suffolk County, including drop in center, computer lab, support groups, referrals, safe schools initiative, HIV testing and counseling, and leadership development.

Pride for Youth
All Ages under 21
Bellmore: 2050 Bellmore Ave
(516) 679-9000
Pride for Youth is a service and an advocate for LGBTQ youth, with a mission to enhance the health, wellness, and cultural competency of LGBTQ young people through supportive services, education and youth development. Pride for Youth offers a number of Youth/Adult co-facilitated workshops, free short-term counseling, social programming, and weekly coffeehouses.

MPowerment (a program of Pride for Youth)
Ages 17-24
MPowerment is a program of Pride for Youth, designed to meet the needs of young gay, bisexual, and transgender men, with a special emphasis on Latino and African American guys. Through support groups and community outreach, MPowerment provides opportunities for these men to socialize, develop supportive relationships, and become educated on HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and safer sex.

New York City

Brooklyn Community Pride Center: Brooklyn Youth United
Brooklyn: 4 MetroTech, Ground Floor
Thursdays 3-6pm, Saturdays 11am-1pm
Brooklyn Community Pride Center's youth programming focuses on empowerment and includes tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and cultural programming.

Ages 11-14
Manhattan:The JCC, 334 Amsterdam Ave.
Non-sectarian discussion and support group for LGBT and Questioning young people. Topics include sexuality and gender identity, youth empowerment, and self-esteem.

Community Awareness Network for a Drug-Free Life and Environment, Inc. (CANDLE)
New City: 120 North Main Street, Suite 301
(845) 634-6677
CANDLE, Inc. is a non-profit whose mission is to prevent substance abuse and violence among youth. The organization aims to improve the health and clitmate of schools and communities by providing prevention education, resistance strategies, and support programs for youth, specifically lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, and their adult allies.

The Door
Ages 12-21
Manhattan: 555 Broome St.
(212) 941-9090
Social and supportive services. Drop-in center, college advisement and tutoring, counseling, creative arts, English Language (ESOL), foster care support, GED prep, jobs and internships, legal and immigration services, health and dental care, sexual health and birth control, LGBTQ programming, support for runaway and homeless youth, and supportive housing.

Ages 13-24
Manhattan: 147 West 24th St., 6th Floor
(646) 336-6789
Leadership development, political education, community building, youth-led campaigns, and cultural expression through arts and media.

The HEAT Program: Heath and Education Alternatives for Teens
Brooklyn: 760 Parkside Ave, Room 308
(718) 467-4446
HEAT is the only comprehensive care program of its kind that provides age and developmentally appropriate, culturally competent care for heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth who are living with or at very high risk for HIV/AIDS. The program is in a youth-friendly, discrete and easily accessible venue at the Center for Healthcare Services at Bedford-Stuyvesant. The HEAT Program operates a "one-stop" full service clinic, offering a full range of medical, mental health and supportive services that are tailored to meet the special health care needs of young people.

Hetrick Martin Institute
Ages 12-21
Manhattan: 2 Astor Place, 3rd Floor
Social and supportive services for LGBTQ young people. Drop-in center, mental health services, case management, arts and culture, health education, and HIV testing/counseling. NY location also works closely with the Harvey Milk School, a public high school for LGBT students.

LGBT Community Center—Youth Enrichment Services (YES)
Ages 13-21
Manhattan: 208 West 13th St.
(212) 620-7310
Offers social, supportive, and mental health services to the New York’s LGBT community, including drop-in center support groups, social events, youth programming, supportive counseling, and recovery.

New Alternatives
Ages 16-24
Meets at Marble Collegiate Church
Manhattan: 50 E 7th St.
Social and supportive services, including: case management, life skills workshops, community building, educational and discussion groups, hot meals, food pantry, clothing, and toiletries. Walk-in Sundays 6-8 pm and Tuesdays 5-9 pm.

Project Reach
New York: 39 Eldridge Street, 4th Floor
(212) 966-4227
Project Reach is a youth and adult collaboration; a multiracial, multi-gender, grass-roots, anti-discrimination, youth organizing center with a clear mission and commitment to challenging the destruction among, of, and between New York City's disparate youth communities. Implicit in that mission is a vision that recognizes the empowerment of disenfranchised youth communities is critical and integral to their participation as future leaders in the larger movement for social justice. The major services that Project Reach provides are workshops and trainings, teacher and staff development, technical assistance, and a train-the-trainer series for young people and adults.

Staten Island LGBT Community Center: League of Trans Youth
Staten Island: 25 Victory Blvd, 3rd Floor
(718) 808-1360
The League of Trans Youth is a weekly support group for transgender teens ages 13-19. The group meets Monday, 6-7 pm. Please call for more information.
The youth program at the Staten Island LGBT Community Center also offers many social, supportive and educational activities such as:
- Youth Drop-In Activities: A safe and welcoming social environment for LGBTQ youth and young adults to build community, meet others and participate in supportive activities.
- Weekly support groups for LGBTQ teens (13-17) and LGBTQ young adults (18-24)
- Annual Young Queer Staten Island Pageant, Youth Prom, Queer Camp and other parties and social events
- True Colors Youth Chorus
- Momentum HIV/STI Prevention Program for 16-24 year old gay/bisexual men and transgender individuals (one-to-one counseling, support group and stipend peer outreach activities)
- Volunteer & Leadership opportunities
- Free Tutoring

Urban Justice Center—Peter Cicchino Youth Project
Up to age 25
Manhattan: 123 William St. 16th Floor,
(646) 602-5600
Free legal services to homeless and street involved youth. Any young person can call 877-LGBT-LAW to make an appointment with PCYP (though youth have to be members of Streetwork or AFC to come to our legal clinics). In addition to general legal services (including name changes), PCYP also does immigration work and community outreach projects.

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
Ages 8-18
Brooklyn: 87 Irving Place
(347) 599-0716
Summer Rock Camp and yearlong rock music education (Instrumental, Ensemble, and Band) at the Willie Mae Music Lab in Brooklyn for people who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming. Adult “Ladies Rock Camp” for people 18+.

North County

Watertown Area Gay Youth (WAGY)
(315) 529-4096 (Call for location)
As a constantly evolving center for youth,WAGY strives to make the Watertown Area a better place for self-identified transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay and questioning youth by providing confidential peer support, education, and a safe social gathering. Meetings are every Tuesday night at 6pm.

Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA)
A group for LGBT high school students, YEA meets as a support group for LGBT teens facilitated by adults. To contact the Youth Empowerment Alliance, call Reachout at (315) 265-2422.

Western New York

Gay & Lesbian Youth Services (GLYS) of Western New York, Inc.
Ages 14-21
Buffalo: 371 Delaware Avenue
GLYS is dedicated to providing a positive environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in Western New York. GLYS aims to achieve this mission by providing numerous resources: a safe space (through the drop-in center); interaction with LGBT peers and adult role models; a peer support group; health and wellness activities; opportunities for leadership development; access to events and youth development activities; information, resources, and referrals; and advocacy.
GLYS Website features a number of resources in Buffalo, outside of Buffalo, internet links, and other resources for Trans Youth.

Regional Youth Resources

Camp Aranu’tiq
New England and California locations
(617) 467-5830
Week-long overnight summer camp for transgender and gender-variant youth ages 8-15. Southern California and Southern New England locations.

National Youth Resources

Gender Spectrum
(510) 567-3977
Gender Spectrum provides education, training, and support designed to help families, educators, professionals, and organizations understand concepts of gender identity and expression, in order to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

Transition Youth Family Allies
(888) 462-8932
Support for TGNC youth and their families. Online message boards, newsletter, educational programs, and support for educators, health care practitioners, and other service providers in working with TGNC youth. Reading lists for youth and adults. Spanish language resources.

The Trevor Project
New York, NY Office: 80 Maiden Lane, Suite 1504
West Hollywood, CA Office: 9056 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 208
Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386
NY Office Number: (212) 695-8650
LA Main Phone: (310) 271-8845
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Resources for Students

GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools.

GLSEN Hudson Valley - Rockland
PO Box 944
Nyack, NY 10960

GLSEN Hudson Valley - Ulster, Orange, Dutchess
PO Box 14
Milton, NY 12547

GLSEN Hudson Valley - Westchester, Putnam
PO Box 604
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

GLSEN New York Capital Region (NYCR)
PO Box 5392
Albany, NY 12205

GLSEN New York City

GLSEN Rochester
PO Box 10697
Rochester, NY 14610

Harvey Milk School
Ages 16-18
Manhattan: 2 Astor Place
(212) 477-1555
Public transfer high school for school-aged LGBTQ students that works closely with the Hetrick Martin Institute.

TONI Project (Transgender On-campus Nondiscrimination Information)
(202) 903-0112
Washington DC: 1325 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 700
Online resource for TGNC people to share information about the policies and practices of colleges and universities across the US. Project of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Transgender Students Rights
Promotes rights of TGNC students across the globe. Resources for students, teachers, and administrators and online community for TGNC student activists and organizers.

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