"There aren't enough resources for our LGBTQ+ youth. It would be great to get youth more connected to LGBTQ+ community, for them to see there is a bigger community who cares."
Our Mission and Vision
QUEERSPACE collective creates space for LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe and empowered to be their true selves. Our vision is for all LGBTQ+ youth to have a network of support to help them develop a strong sense of pride in who they are, where they come from and where they want to go!
QUEERSPACE works with LGBTQ+ youth & their families, the broader LGBTQ+ community and local organizations to create a strengthened LGBTQ+ support network and reduce LGBTQ+ youth isolation, suicide and homelessness. Through training, education and our mentorship program, we strive to create inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ youth from all backgrounds to be seen and celebrated as their authentic selves.
Brian Bose Slay Workshop
Photo credit: Jason Bucklin
QUEERSPACE hangouts, an initiative of QUEERSPACE collective, is a free youth-centric intergenerational mentorship program creating safe, inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ youth and LGBTQ+ adults to connect as their authentic selves. Through in-person and virtual 1:1 mentoring and group events, LGBTQ+ youth will develop increased self-esteem and a greater sense of belonging, cultural identity, and pride.
LGBTQ+ mentors will be matched with LGBTQ+ youth based on youth choice, location, identity, orientation and shared interests. Mentors and mentees will connect weekly to hangout, set and accomplish goals, and build resilience through meaningful engagement.
QUEERSPACE provides opportunities for youth and their mentors to participate in group events each month that are social and educational, promote a sense of community and provide both mentors and mentees an opportunity to build relationships with others in the program. Activities include games, BBQ’s, theater queer history, art, and other activities that build community.
"LGBTQI-GNC youth are greatly underserved by youth mentoring programs, with few formal mentoring programs established that provide inclusive mentoring services responsive to specific needs of LGBTQI-GNC youth."
- Dr. Christian Rummell, Mentorist Consulting