Center Youth

Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, asexual, and allied youth ages 24 & under!

Check out some of our offerings!

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Want to get more involved?

Check out our Resources for Students or click on a button below:

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Are you an adult looking for resources for a young person?

For Schools/Agencies:

For parents, family, & friends of LGBTQA youth:

Albany Youth Group


Meets every Friday at from 7pm to 8:30pm

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 13-18 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.

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Schenectady Youth Group


Meets every Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
at Proctors Theater in the Guild Room, 2nd Floor (432 State Street, Schenectady)
This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 18 and under 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, “Rainbow Nights” empowers youth to become advocates from themselves and provides them with the opportunity to meet like-minded peers across school districts.

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Saratoga North Country Youth Group

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Meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4:30pm to 6pm
at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Susman Room (48 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs)
This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQA youth and their allies ages 18 and under 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 the Pride Center’s Youth Program Coordinator and educators from Mohawk Hudson Planned Parenthood, the Saratoga North Country Youth Groupempowers youth to become advocates from themselves 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 James Shultis at jshultis@capitalpridecenter.org or call 462-6138.

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Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming Youth Group (T-Talk)

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Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm
at the Pride Center (332 Hudson Avenue, Albany)
This drop-in group is a safe and supportive environment for trans* and gender non-conforming youth ages 18 and under to discuss issues related to gender identity and expression. Open to youth who may identify as trans*, genderqueer, intersex, agender, bigender, gender non-conforming, or questioning!  For more information about any of our Youth Groups, please contact James Shultis at jshultis@capitalpridecenter.org or call 462-6138.

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Center Youth Action Team (CYAT)

The Center Youth Action Team is designed to encourage youth leadership, contradict myths and stereotypes of the LGBTQA community, give voice to the rich diversity of the LGBTQA community, and provide positive representations of the LGBTQA and allied community. This unique program provides youth with training and speaking opportunities to help make schools safer while developing a sense of confidence and pride in their identities. The Center Youth Action Team conducts trainings and presentations for school teachers, administrators and GSA’s as well as community groups throughout the year.

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If you’d like to schedule the team to visit, please contact James Shultis at jshultis@capitalpridecenter.org or call 462-6138 for more information!

Center Youth Action Team 2015-2016

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR OUR 2015-2016 TEAM! APPLY TODAY!

You can also learn more by attending our Center Youth Action Team Meet & Greet in September. Meet alumni, current team members, and get the inside scoop on this awesome opportunity to be a youth advocate for change!

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Alumni Profiles

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2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

2010-2011

The Center Youth Action Team is funded in part by
the Gamma Mu Foundation, TD Bank Foundation, and Our Brothers Keepers Foundation.

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Advocacy Opportunities

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 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 trainings, writing workshops and regional conferences on youth empowerment.

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Healthy Social Opportunities

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.

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Resources for Students

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!

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To talk with our Youth Program Manager, James Shultis more about this, call the office at (518) 462-6138 or email jshultis@capitalpridecenter.org! We work with students from all over the Capital Region to make schools more welcoming places to be!

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Advocating for LGBTQA Youth

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 trainings 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.

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Capital Region Safe Schools Coalition

The Capital Region Safe Schools Coalition is a multi-level initiative to provide schools, LGBTQA activists, and student groups 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

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Capital Region Gay Straight Alliance Network

The Pride Center is inspired by the work being done all over the Capital Region by Gay Straight Alliance groups in over 50 middle & high schools. In our work with many of the groups, we see how tirelessly their faculty advisors work, how motivated their student advisors are, and how few opportunities the groups have to connect with each other. In response, the Pride Center launched a network for the faculty and student advisors to connect, share ideas and support each other’s efforts in the coming year. The Gay Straight Alliance network meets on a regular basis, and creates opportunities for youth to create change in their schools like creating awareness of the issues LGBTQA students face and ways to be a better ally for this community.

For information on upcoming Gay Straight Alliance Network events, contact Youth Program Manager, James Shultis at jshultis@capitalpridecenter.org or call 462-6138.

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Albany County Bullying Prevention Task Force

The Pride Center is a proud member of the Albany County Bullying Prevention Task Force which  is committed to reducing bullying through awareness and education.

The Task Force provides free programs and training for all students, faculty, support staff, athletic coaches and caregivers on bullying prevention, intervention strategies and creating positive and welcoming environments for youth, supplementing state mandates for school communities responsible for ensuring compliance with the New York State Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

The Task Force partners include the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, Cooperative Extension Albany County, Capital Region BOCES – CAPIT, Equinox, Inc. Youth Services, the Pride Center of the Capital Region, and the Times Union Classroom Enrichment Program.

For information on the Task Force, please visit the website!

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