Working with LGBTQA+ youth ages 13-17.
Check out some of our offerings!
- Albany LGBTQA+ Youth Group
- Young Adult Peer Pride Group
- T-Talk (Trans, GNC, Genderqueer, Questioning) Youth Group
- AYO (Albany Youth Organizing) Drop-In Space
- Schenectady LGBTQA+ Youth Group
- Saratoga LGBTQA+ Youth Group
- Youth In Power: Summer Leadership Camp
- Pride Center Youth Scholarships
- Advocacy Opportunities
- Social Opportunities
Are you an adult looking for resources for a young person?
- K-12 Education & Training Opportunities
- Capital Region Safe Schools Coalition
- Advocating for Youth/Training Opportunities
For parents, family, & friends of LGBTQA youth:
Meets every Friday at from 3-8:30 pm at the Pride Center (332 Hudson Avenue, Albany)
This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 13-17 to discuss issues of coming out, school, work, and relationships in a group of their peers and to socialize and meet new friends. Facilitated by trained volunteers, and supervised by Pride Center staff, the group empowers youth to become strong, independent, and community-minded and provides them with the opportunity to meet like-minded peers across school districts. For more information about any of our Youth Groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 462-6138.
Meets every Friday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Pride Center
(332 Hudson Avenue, Albany)
Meets 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 11 am – 12:30 pm at the Pride Center (332 Hudson Avenue, Albany) in the Garden Level
Meets every Thursday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at YMCA Schenectady (433 State Street, Schenectady)
Meets every Thursday from 6:30-8pm at the Saratoga YMCA (290 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 13-17 to discuss issues of coming out, school, work, and relationships in a group of their peers and to socialize and meet new friends. Facilitated by trained volunteers, and supervised by Pride Center staff, the group empowers youth to become strong, independent, and community-minded and provides them with the opportunity to meet like-minded peers across school districts. For more information about any of our Youth Groups, please contact email@example.com or call 462-6138.
Check out our Pride Center Youth FACEBOOK PAGE for all the updates!
Working with LGBTQA youth and their allies, the Pride Center empowers them to use their voice and tell their stories to elected officials on state and local levels in order to make a change in our community. Because we are based in the seat of NYS government, youth members have a unique opportunity to make their voices heard on a state level. Opportunities include legislative visits and training, writing workshops and regional conferences on youth empowerment.
Building positive relationships is essential to all youth, but for LGBTQA youth, many times opportunities are limited. The Pride Center coordinates the LGBTQA Alternative Youth Prom each year, along with our community partners, and over 400 youth participate each year, along with almost 100 chaperones. This event, as part of Capital Pride week, gives participants a memory of a welcoming prom for years to come. Other social events include an annual Youth BBQ during the summer months, as well as other events throughout the year.
Looking to start a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) or an LGBTQA student group at your school? Take a look at some of the resources below to help you get started!
To talk with us more about this, call the office at (518) 462-6138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org! We work with students from all over the Capital Region to make schools more welcoming places to be!
The Pride Center works with over 30 school districts in the Capital Region to build welcoming environments for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We also provide presentations and in-service training to local and regional community organizations and agencies on promoting positive LGBTQA youth development.
If your agency is interested in working with the Pride Center, please contact our office at (518) 462-6138.
The Capital Region Safe Schools Coalition is a multi-level initiative to provide schools, LGBTQA activists, and student groups with the tools to make our local schools safe for all youth. This coalition educates the community about experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth, creates opportunities for meaningful youth leadership; empowers LGBTQA youth to be leaders in schools and our community and fosters a safer learning environment for youth to develop.
Key components of the Capital Region Safe Schools Coalition include:
- An expansive list of the schools who have pledged to prioritize the safety and growth of their LGBTQA students as well as those harassed because of the perception of their sexual orientation or gender identity;
- The Center Youth Action Team, a group of LGBTQA and ally youth ages 13-18 trained to advocate to create change in their schools; and
- The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Network, supporting the work of school-based LGBTQA groups.
We have worked with the students, teachers, or administrations of:
- Albany High School
- Averill Park High School
- Berlin High School
- Bethlehem Central School
- Bethlehem Middle School
- Ballston Spa High School
- Berlin Central High School
- Brittonkill Central School
- Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
- Cairo-Durham High School
- Cambridge Central School
- Chatham High School
- Cobleskill-Richmondville High School
- Cohoes High School
- Colonie High School
- Columbia High School
- Coxsackie-Athens High School
- Emma Willard School
- Glens Falls High School
- Green Tech Charter School
- Greenwich High School
- Guilderland High School
- Hackett Middle School
- Harriet Myers Middle School
- Harriet Tubman Democratic High School
- Hawthorne Valley School
- Hoosic Valley High School
- Hoosick Falls Central School
- Hudson High School
- Hudson Middle School
- Ichabod Crane High School
- Johnstown High School
- LaSalle School
- Mayfield High School
- Mohonasen High School
- New Lebanon High School
- Niskayuna High School
- Northville Junior/Senior High School
- Parsons Child and Family Services
- Ravena Middle School
- Ravena High School
- Rensselaer High School
- Saratoga Springs High School
- Schenectady High School
- Schalmont High School
- Schuylerville High School
- Scotia-Glenville High School
- Shaker High School
- Shaker Junior High School
- Shenendehowa High School
- South Glens Falls High School
- Stillwater High School
- Tamarac High School
- Troy High School
- Troy Middle School
- Tech Valley High School
- Vanderheyden Hall
- Watervliet High School
- Whitehall High School
We have also worked with the following colleges:
- Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Columbia Greene Community College
- Fulton Montgomery Community College
- Hudson Valley Community College
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Russell Sage College
- Saint Rose College
- Schenectady County Community College
- Siena College
- SUNY Albany
- SUNY Adirondack (formerly Adirondack Community College)
- SUNY Cobleskill
- Union College