Out Youth Program

Our Youth Program is Out Boulder County's social and educational space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies ages 13-18 (12 with guardian permission). Our goal is to connect LGBTQ youth to each other while we educate each other about LGBTQ history, current events, and larger social issues. We also use art to express our spectrum of identities and explore everything about ourselves, including our identities.

In addition to our weekly and bi-weekly groups, we also offer special events, including the annual LGBTQQ and Allies Youth Dance in May and Night of Noise Youth Summit. These events are coordinated and planned by paid Youth Interns. We also manage Youth and Family Areas at Longmont Pride (June) and Boulder Pride (September).

All Programs are FREE and open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allied Youth between the ages of 13 and 18 (12 with guardian permission).

Are you an adult interested in leading an arts activity? Email Jenna at jhowerton@outboulder.org to discuss opportunities.

 November OBC Youth Programming Calendar

November OBC Youth Programming Calendar

Youth Confidential Line: (303) 704-4618- is run by Out Boulder County’s Youth Program Coordinator. The conversations on the youth confidential line are confidential between the youth and Out Boulder County Staff (including the Youth Program Coordinator, the Education & Program Manager, and the Executive Director). This means that the Youth Program Coordinator may consult the Education & Program Manager and Executive Director regarding conversations on the youth line.

Youth can call or text this number to receive information on groups and youth events, inquire about resources, and get support.

We are not a crisis intervention center. For immediate help access the following resource:

The National Suicide Hotline- call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) or visit suicide.org.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

TrevorLifeline—A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386

TrevorText—Text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available Monday through Friday between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT

TrevorSpace—An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.

Trans lifeline-877-565-8860. Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. We’re available 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST. Volunteers may be available during off hours.


Spectrum

OBC’s new youth group for Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)!

Contact:

Jenna Howerton, Youth Program Coordinator
jhowerton@outboulder.org

Details:

Weekly on Fridays
4PM - 5:30PM
Longmont Youth Center “Firehouse”

1200 Lashley St. Longmont, CO

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Spectrum youth group (for youth ages 13-17) will be held every Friday from 4-5:30 pm at the Longmont Youth Center’s “firehouse” which is across the parking lot from the Longmont Youth Center. 

“Spectrum” represents the myriad identities we all hold – from race, ethnicity and class to gender identity, sexual orientation, and many more. These identities simultaneously interact, and result in some people feeling unwelcome or marginalized, depending on their environments. “Spectrum” provides an opportunity for youth whose identities fall within these identity intersections to come together to share their experiences and learn about themselves.

“Spectrum” serves as a safe space where LGBTQ-identified youth who are also people of color can learn and enjoy acceptance and empowerment in a welcoming environment.

See our Facebook page for more information or contact our Youth Program Coordinator Jenna at jhowerton@outboulder.org.

 

Trans and Gender Expansive Youth Group

A peer support group for transgender and gender-expansive youth.

Contact:

Jenna Howerton, Youth Program Coordinator
jhowerton@outboulder.org

Details:

2nd and 4th Mondays
4PM - 5:30PM
Boulder Pridehouse

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Do you want to connect with other transgender and gender expansive people your age? Are you questioning your gender identity and would like to meet others who have shared similiar experiences?

Join us twice a month for discussion, advice, board games, movies, video games, and more!

This is a safe(r) space to try new clothes, a new pronoun, a new name, and ask questions about transitioning or trans issues.

*This group is only open to youth ages 13-18 (12 with parent/guardian permission) who identify as trans, gender expansive, or questioning*

 

Longmont QTs Youth Group

A peer support group for LGBTQ+ youth.

Contact:

Jenna Howerton, Youth Program Coordinator
jhowerton@outboulder.org

Details:

Every Thursday
4:30PM - 6:30PM
The HUB, Longmont

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Out Boulder County and OASOS hold a youth group that meets in Longmont every Thursday! This group meets at the Community Hub downtown Longmont (515 Coffman St) from 4:30 - 6:30 PM.

We bring in community speakers, do small group activities, social events, art activities, and so much more. Every week is focused on a different topic, previous weeks have been about GSA leadership, Day of Silence, and strategies for coming out.

Allies are welcome and encouraged to join this space!

For any questions, you can contact Jenna at jhowerton@outboulder.org.

 

Art and Activism LGBTQ Youth Group

Explore your artistic/creative side while exploring your LGBTQ+ identity.

Contact:

Jenna Howerton, Youth Program Coordinator
jhowerton@outboulder.org

Details:

Every Tuesday
4PM - 5:30PM
Boulder Pridehouse

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Do you want to connect with more queer people your age? Would you like to learn more about LGBTQ activism in a supportive and open environment?

Join Out Boulder County's Art and Activism group to write, draw, paint, perform, socialize, and create poetry, zines, music, and more! No artistic skill or experience required.


Why is there an OBC Out Youth Program?

Because there's a need!

Based on the best practices resiliency model, Out Boulder County’s youth programming strives to help youth thrive and flourish in their personal lives and in the broader community, now and in the future. Out Youth offers opportunities for leadership, social justice education, advocacy, volunteerism, social events, and special projects.

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Our youth program is generously funded by the Buck Foundation and the City of Boulder's Youth Opportunity Fund.


Events!

In addition to our weekly and bi-weekly groups, we also offer special events, including the annual LGBTQ and Allies Youth Dance in May and the Night of Noise Youth Summit. These events are coordinated and planned by paid Youth Interns. We also manage Youth and Family Areas at Longmont Pride (June) and Boulder Pride (September).