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Educational Programming

Youth First Texas considers education a number one priority for everyone. Everyone needs the opportunity to become educated, and YFT finds it necessary to provide that as much as possible.

Book Club
From the latest and greatest to time-honored classics, YFT’s Book Club comes together once a month to engage in thought-provoking conversation over the latest selection. From moments of identifying with the narrator to delving into the deeper themes of the work, no questions are left unanswered. Recent selections include What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Thinking Straight by Robin Reardon and Drama Queers by Frank Anthony Polito.

Café Cinema

Thought-provoking films offer food for thought on a semi-monthly basis at YFT. Offerings such as Doubt, Boys Don’t Cry, and Dog Day Afternoon lead into spirited conversations over snacks and tea or coffee, with discussions ranging from what emotional response the movie prompted to how it fits in with an understanding of society today.

G.E.D. Tutoring
YFT is committed to providing the means for academic excellence, and offers tutoring for the G.E.D. on an as-needed basis with qualified mentors who help study the math, writing, reading, social studies and science sections of the test.

If you are interested in G.E.D. tutoring, please contact our G.E.D. Coordinator at education@youthfirsttexas.org

Our Roots Are Showing
To know where we’re going, we have to know where we’ve been. A comprehensive history of the LGBTQ movement throughout history, this course will take a look at events like the Stonewall Riots and important people like Harvey Milk. In addition, contemporary movements and their connection to the rest of LGBT history will also be discussed.

Youth Defenders
Walking down a darkened alleyway, or dealing with hecklers can be nerve-wracking, but YFT’s self-defense course, taught by a qualified volunteer teaches youth how to assert themselves and know the best way for dealing with such situations.

GSA Network
High schools and college campuses across the U.S. are filled with pride, tolerance, and equality. Some show it more than other through their Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Students join together, both gay and straight alike, to fight the indifference and ignorance that runs rampant throughout society. Through GSAs, people find out about the best way to come out to their parents, where the best and safest gay areas are, and where to find support. YFT helps students form GSAs and keep them up and running with meetings, fundraisers, etc., all while still staying in the Independent School District’s guidelines.

In addition, our group of volunteers are qualified in a wide variety of areas, and are always willing to help youth who may have questions.