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?

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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 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, 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 James Shultis at jshultis@capitalpridecenter.org or call 462-6138.

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Schenectady Youth Group


Meets every Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
at Proctors Theater, Underground Space (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, this group empowers 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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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 Group empowers 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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AYO Drop-In Space


Drop-In Space Open Every Friday from 3pm to 9pm
at the Pride Center (332 Hudson Avenue, Albany)

Albany Youth Organizing (AYO) is a weekly drop-in space that works to provide support, community, and empowerment for youth ages 18 and under. Each Friday from 3-9pm, youth can stop by to participate in workshops, a community meal, fun activities, as well as take advantage of free HIV testing, case management, homework help, plus much more.

This Week: 

Check out our Pride Center Youth FACEBOOK PAGE for all the updates!

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AYO Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

Do you love to come to Drop-In? Are you a leader or want to develop leadership skills?! Well, your time has come!
Through our YAB young leaders, just like you, will be able to help oversee the Drop-In Space and AYO Programming initiatives.

Create Programming, Help Fund raise, Represent Youth, Organize, Develop Leadership Skills and so much more!

Want more information? Contact Deidre Dumpson, by email at ddumpson@capitalpridecenter.org or by phone at (518) 462-6138 x 22 !

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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!

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Center Youth Action Team 2015-2016

Meet the 2015-2016 Team!

Aidan is a junior attending Albany High School. She is a first year CYAT member. Check back for more info about Aidan soon!

 

 

 

 

Alex is a senior attending Hawthorne Valley school. She is a returning CYAT member and is super excited to be back for another year. This year, Alex and a few fellow students started their school’s first ever, GSA. She is also part of the student council.

 

Bryce is a senior attending Hoosick Falls High School. He is a returning CYAT member. Bryce identifies as a homosexual male. CYAT is important to him because he loves helping the community, he enjoys hearing the stories of many and sharing his own stories in return, and he takes joy in communicating with new individuals. Bryce likes to write, advocate, adventure the outdoors, and talk about politics. One of his greatest talents is playing the violin.

 

 

Daniel is a 17-year-old senior attending Albany High School. He is a first year member of the CYAT. Daniel identifies as a transgender man. For him being on the team gives him away to speak out for equality and spread hope to other LGBTQA+ youth. Daniel enjoys meeting new people, poetry, and loves to try new things!

 

Dori is a senior attending Albany High School. She is a returning member to the CYAT. Check back for more info about Dori soon!

 

 

 

Eli is a sophomore attending Columbia High School. He is a first year member of the CYAT. Eli identifies as a pansexual trans guy. He joined CYAT because he loves helping people like him and advocating is his passion. He loves singing and playing guitar.

 

 

Hannah is a junior attending Guilderland High School. They are a returning member to the CYAT. Check back for more info about Hannah soon!

 

 

Jesse is a sophomore attending Niskayuna High School. They are a first year member of the CYAT. Check back for more info about Jesse soon!

 

 

Kira is a senior attending Scotia-Glenville High School. They are a first year member of the CYAT. Kira grew up playing  ice hockey and now does cross country skiing for school, as well as playing lacrosse. Kira also loves photography and film. Their favorite film is The Graduate. Other passions include reading (especially the Harry Potter series) and writing, as well as working out (lifting).

 

Raina is a senior attending Bethlehem Central High School. They are a returning member of the CYAT. Check back for more info about Raina soon!

 

 

Rave is a 15-year-old sophomore attending Shaker High School. They are a returning member of the CYAT. They identifies as genderfluid, using they/them pronouns. They enjoy writing, advocacy, and education. They value friendship and equality and their favorite movie is Heathers.

Robin is getting ready to enroll in a GED program at HVCC. He is a returning member to the CYAT. Check back for more info about Robin soon!

 

 

Shane is a senior attending Taconic Hills High School. He is a first year member of the CYAT. Check back for more info about Shane soon!

 

 

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Alumni CYAT Profiles

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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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