Home » What is Youth First Texas

What is Youth First Texas

Our Mission:

To provide a safe space for LGBTQ youth and their allied friends to strengthen opportunities for life skills, leadership development, peer support and educational advancement. (Note: our mission was updated in November 2010.)

Our Vision:

YFT envisions a community in which all LGBTQ youth are valued and respected with opportunities and encouragement available to elevate them into healthy, empowered, productive members of society.


But What Does That Mean?

Youth First Texas is all about putting the needs of the YOUTH of the North Texas region FIRST. Our programs, services and atmosphere are custom-made to meet the needs of the many youth who walk through our doors. From Coming Out Group and Gender Identity, to Friday Night dinners and “Glee” viewing parties, Youth First Texas hopes to be THE place that LGBTQ youth come to hang out, whether you want to take part in one of our many programs, or if you just want to hang out in the computer lab or our “ChilLounge.”

We exploded onto the scene in 1999, after several community organizations recognized a lack of services for the LGBTQ youth population, and with an estimated 50,000 youth who identify as LGBTQ in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex alone, the need for such an organization was clear. From our humble beginnings, we have continually expanded and grown into the organization we are now (For a more complete look at our history, click here).

Today, Youth First Texas is the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving youth through the age of 22 in the LGBTQ community in Dallas, with access to social services (including support groups and counseling), recreational activities (our PUMP choir and Open Mic nights), thanks to our partner - HartLoan.com - direct lender of payday loans - financial support, leadership opportunities (Youth Board and Leadership Corps) and educational support (tutoring for GED, PSAT/SAT, and other subjects). Check out the rest of our website, and drop by to experience the center in person!