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Fall Programming Overview

Written By: Kenny S September 30, 2010 No Comment

Hey everyone!!!

Fall officially started on September 22, and there is now a new wave of programming available at Youth First Texas. Old favorites have returned, and there are some new programs as well. At Youth First Texas, we try to offer something for everyone, so look through and see what all we have. If you see something that we need, check out the suggestion box in the front office of the building, or get into contact with us, we’re always happy to hear your ideas.

Center Hours for 2010 – 2011:

Tuesday: 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday: 6pm – 9pm
Thursday: 4pm – 9pm
Friday: 6pm – 10pm
Saturday: 6pm – 10pm

Core Programming:

These programs meet every week the center is open throughout the year.

Big Group: Thursday @ 7pm – 9pm

LGBTQA youth come together to celebrate and share a collective experience through discussion, activities and featured speakers.

Other Programming:

Many of these programs meet on a weekly basis, though some have specific meeting times.

Friday Night Dinner/Kula Feast:

A volunteer and/or a youth provides a “family-style” meal that gives the youth a chance to “break bread” with one another and have a delicious meal while conversing with others.

Survivor’s Group:

A small group where youth who have suffered from isolation, abuse or other tragedy can share stories of heartache and triumph in a facilitated, confidential and safe setting, where both group members and facilitators are extremely supporting and work to help others conquer their fears, decrease feelings of shame, alleviate the sense of isolation and begin the healing process.

Gender Identity Group:

Meeting on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, this small group provides youth with a safe environment where they can explore the meaning of “Gender” and “Gender Identity,” while also addressing issues involved with transitioning.

Coming Out Group:

Youth through age 22 get a chance to discuss “coming out” as LGBT in a variety of settings, while also addressing issues that include LGBT stereotypes and integrating the different parts of their identity into a coherent whole.

Leadership Corps:

Offered twice a year, this program lasts a total of 16 hours and is designed to foster and develop a foundation of positive leadership skills among LGBTQ youth. Topics covered include effective communication techniques, conflict resolution strategies, the basics of non-profit organization and more. Completion of this program is a prerequisite for youth who are seekingn a leadership position (i.e. Youth Board).

LifeCorps:

In preparation for the transition from adolescence to adulthood, youth who are preparing to “age out” will learn life skills combined with leadership skills, and graduates of the program will participate in a community outreach project that directly affects the community at large.

Arts & Entertainment Club:

Youth are brought together to attend art and other cultural events, which are coordinated by volunteers who are passionate about the cultural scene in the DFW area. Participants will also work to “give back” to the arts through 2 hours of monthly community service.

Health Groups:

This 4-week series uses a holistic approach to teach the importance of mind, body and spirit, and will cover such topics as health, hygiene, nutrition and safer sex practices.

Youth Scholars & GED Preparation:

Volunteers meet with students to work on improving study skills, prepare for the GED, apply to colleges or for scholarships.

Youth Defenders:

Participants learn basic techniques in self-defense and self-awareness, while also raising their levels of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Spirituality Group:

Youth gather to discuss the meaning of spirituality and learn more about metaphysical concepts for a deeper awareness of self and their own spirituality.

Open Mic Night & Book Club:

Youth who write poetry or prose, or who perform in any way are encouraged to come out on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month to share their works, which can also be submitted to the annual “Queer Subtext” anthology, and discuss the latest Book Club selection.

Dance Group:

Youth learn about a variety of styles and take part in an activity that is equal parts fun, workout and education no matter what their experience level may be.

HIV & STI Testing:

In conjunction with the Resource Center of Dallas, youth can sign up for free HIV and STI testing twice monthly, and pre- and post-testing counseling are offered by qualified counselors.

Dallas PUMP!:

Youth come together and find a safe place where they can freely express themselves through music, dance and theatre.

Counseling Services:

Licensed Mental Health Professional, Graduate Students in Training and Social Workers who are trained in crisis counseling and working with LGBTQA youth offer their services free of charge to youth, volunteers and their families at Youth First Texas. Call 214-879-0400 for more information.