Youth

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Mailing Address (if different than physical location): 

PO Box 51243
Boston, MA 02205

Phone: 

(617) 684-5736

Email: 

massachusetts@chapters.glsen.org

Website: 

http://glsen.org/chapters/massachusetts

Mission: 

 

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is a national organization making schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students, and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike.

We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly adverse impacts on communities, and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

GLSEN Massachusetts (formerly GLSEN Boston) has been serving Eastern Massachusetts for over 15 years. In the past three years alone, we have trained 1100 youth, 1200 teachers, and 45 schools whose classrooms include more than 13,000 students. Our work focuses on three overarching goals: programming, advocacy, and community organizing.

Youth On Fire

Phone: 

(617) 661-2508

Website: 

http://www.ccaa.org/youth_on_fire.html

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

DROP-IN HOURS
Monday: 11:00 AM to 8 PM

Tuesday: 1:00 PM to 6 PM

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 11:00 AM to 6 PM

(hot meals are served between 2:30 and 5:30 PM)

Mission: 

The Youth On Fire drop-in center was established in the fall of 2000 to provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for homeless and street-involved youth. YOF is open five days a week and serves young people between the ages of 14 and 24. Often the behaviors necessary to survive on the streets put these youth at a higher risk for contracting HIV. YOF serves the physical and mental needs of these youth.

The center offers basic necessities, as well as prevention information on HIV, STDs, Hepatitis C and other diseases associated with high-risk behavior. YOF has onsite hot meals, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, as well as weekly medical care, mental health counseling, and referrals to community resources. The ultimate goal of YOF is to help as many youth as possible to have a healthy lifestyle, remain HIV-negative, and seek greater stability through permanent housing, employment, or school.

Location

1555 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge
United States

Pastoral Counseling for LGBT Youth and Their Families | Oct. 30th

 

A conference focusing on the role of religious professionals in fostering family acceptance of LGBT people, supporting congregants and building safe, welcoming and supportive communities for LGBT people and allies.

October 30, 2012
8:30am to 4pm
Bentley University, Waltham, MA

“Pastoral Counseling for LGBT Youth and Their Families” will focus on parental acceptance in a religious context, and asking such questions as: How do parents reconcile their religious beliefs with acceptance of an LGBT child? How can religious professionals support the critical role of parental love and acceptance to the health and mental health of LGBT youth?

 

For more info: http://www.gbpflag.org/conference2012

LGBTQ Mentorship Program Friendraiser | Sept. 22nd

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition is hosting a "friendraiser" for their LGBTQ Mentorship program this Saturday from 7pm-12am. The HBGC Mentorship Program "pairs LGBTQ professionals of color with LGBTQ students of color. Our mission is to help students of color develop a positive LGBTQ identity while successfully adapting to college or professional life. LGBTQ mentors work to support students in a safe, caring, one-on-one relationship while mentees work on their personal, social, academic, career, and life goals."

Where: 22 Morrill Street, Dorchester MA 02125

$25 suggested donation

RSVP by emailing friendraiser@hbgc-boston.org

For more info: http://www.hbgc-boston.org/events/mentorship-program-friendraiser

The Theater Offensive

Phone: 

(617) 661-1600

Email: 

info@thetheateroffensive.org

Website: 

thetheateroffensive.org

Mission: 

 

The Theater Offensive’s mission is to form and present the diverse realities of queer lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation and political orthodoxy to help build an honest, progressive community.

PHILOSOPHY

Our work provokes vibrant discussion about the realities of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Through social gatherings, soirees, workshops, and post-show discussions, the organization transcends traditional theater boundaries and opens new avenues of understanding, awareness and inclusion within queer communities as well as outside of them.

Location

565 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 
Created: 
09/13/2012

Artists for Humanity

Phone: 

617.268.7620

Website: 

afhboston.org

Mission: 

 

 

 

 

Founded in 1991, Artists For Humanity’s mission is to bridge economic, racial and social divisions by providing under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.

At the heart of Artists for Humanity is the belief that skills equal power and opportunity. AFH has four goals, which provide urban teens with:

  • a safe meaningful place where they are respected for their contributions and develop mentoring relationships so important to teens;
  • an opportunity to have a voice through exhibitions, commercial services, and public presentations;
  • the respect and responsibility of paid employment that promotes self-esteem and financial accountability.  At AFH, young people learn entrepreneurship and get paid for their own creative production.
  • provide access to educational experiences and support that encourage academic achievement

Location

Artists For Humanity EpiCenter
100 West 2nd. Street
South Boston, MA 02127
United States
How to get involved/application guidelines and procedures: 

Artists For Humanity is all about bringing people together to share their talents in our community.

  • If you’re in middle school and want to explore and develop your artistic skills, get involved with us.
  • If you’re in high school and want to get paid for your creativity while doing meaningful work for real clients, get involved with us.
  • If you’re in college, and want to intern with us to better understand our methods of youth empowerment and arts entrepreneurship, get involved with us.
  • If you appreciate what we all accomplish together here at Artists For Humanity, get involved with us.
Created: 
09/13/2012

Boston GLASS Community Center

Phone: 

857.399.1920

Email: 

Outreach@jri.org

Website: 

http://www.jri.org/services/health-hiv-lgbtq-services/health-and-prevention-services/boston-glass

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Hours of Operation (Drop-in) :

Monday: 12 – 8

Tuesday: 12 – 8

Wednesday: 1 – 7

Thursday: 12 – 8

Friday: 1 – 5

 

Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bostonglass.jri

Twitter:@Boston_GLASS

Instagram: @Boston_GLASS

Mission: 

The mission of Boston GLASS is to improve the well-being of LGBTQQ youth of color and their allies by providing a continuum of services that addresses their immediate needs, equips them with tools to make healthy decisions and live fulfilling lives, and helps create communities in which they can thrive.

Location

Boston GLASS Community Center
75 Amory Street rear
Boston, MA
United States
Created: 
09/11/2012

Annual LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference | Oct. 20th

The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition is hosting a FREE conference "that encourages, educates and inspires LGBTQ-identified youth of color under age 25 to use their ideas, knowledge and skills to create personal and social change." It will be held at the Tang Center on MIT's Campus from 10:00AM to 4:00PM on Saturday, October 20th and will feature: >> Read More

Little Miss Dorchester/Young Miss Dorchester | May 5

The Little Miss Dorchester Contest and the Young Miss Dorchester Contest, events that have been part of the annual Dorchester Day celebrations for decades, have the shared goal of bringing girls into the annual event to have fun and build confidence in public speaking. This year the contests will both be held at the First Parish Church (10 Parish Street, Meeting House Hill, Dorchester, MA) on May 5th. The Little Miss Dorchester Contest will begin at 9:30AM, and all girls entering the contest must be residents of Dorchester between the ages of 7-9. Applications are due May 1st, and can be downloaded from the forms section of the Dorchester Day Parade website HERE. >> Read More

YoFestival: Talent Contest & Celebration of the Haitian Flag | May 26

Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YOFES) present YoFestival 2012: An Annual Talent Contest and a Celebration of the Haitian Flag/Best of Ourselves Youth Awards on May 26th, starting at 5PM. The show's location: the Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road). Performers aged 6-18 must register no later than March 15 by either calling YOFES at 617.364.0370 or registering online at www.yofes.org.

Syndicate content