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Our Programs

QUEERSPACE collective was built on the foundation that we all have the right to show up as our authentic selves. The entire purpose of our existence is to “create space for LGBTQ+ youth to feel safe and empowered to be their true selves”, to provide resources to LGBTQ+ youth and their caregivers where very limited resources exist, and to raise awareness about the inequities faced by LGBTQ+ youth in our communities.

LGBTQ+ Mentorship

There are currently over 5,000 mentorship programs across the US with less than 10 focused on LGBTQ+ youth. QUEERSPACE hangouts, an initiative of QUEERSPACE collective, is a free youth-centric intergenerational mentorship program creating 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 develop increased self-esteem and a greater sense of belonging, cultural identity, and pride. 

Building Community

Through monthly events like community art, nature outings, queer history, volunteering, and virtual hangouts, mentors and mentees build relationships, a broader sense of community, and feelings of inclusivity.

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1:1 Mentoring

LGBTQ+ mentors are matched with LGBTQ+ youth based on youth voice, youth choice, and shared interests. Mentors and mentees connect weekly to hangout, set and accomplish goals, and build resilience through meaningful engagement.

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Training and Consulting

With the rise of anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-trans legislation across our country, there is a growing interest from organizations and the community to provide safer and more inclusive spaces and programming.

Leveraging our expertise working directly with LGBTQ+ youth and the broader LGBTQ+ community, QUEERSPACE collective provides training and consulting to assist organizations looking to update their practices and policies to reflect their values.

QUEERSPACE collective supports organizations, corporations and educational institutions in their journey to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ folks in their communities.

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The QUEERSPACE team brings a deep understanding of gender-based inequities and provides tips and tools to create safer spaces and be better allies. 

 
 

Sample Training Topics

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What Training Participants Say

"Fantastic presentation and great to hear that this group exists! So happy to have QUEERSPACE as a resource!"

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Resources

Resources for Queer and Trans Youth 

 

Avenues for Youth

Assistance for youth experiencing homelessness

 

Binders

Programs that offer chest binders

 

The Bridge for Youth

Assistance for youth experiencing homelessness

 

Family Equality

National support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ families

 

Family Tree Clinic 

Clinical services and sexual health education

Youth drop-in program

 

Gender Justice

Trans and gender non-conforming legal services

 

Gender Spectrum Support Groups

Online discussion groups for transgender, non-binary, and gender expansive youth and parents

 

It’s Pronounced Metrosexual

Resources about gender, sexuality and social justice

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Providers' Professional Network

LGBTQ+ provider search tool

 

The Link 

Assistance for youth experiencing poverty or homelessness

 

MN Transgender Health Coalition

Services for the Trans* & Gender non-conforming community

 

OutFront Minnesota

LGBTQ+ civil rights and advocacy organization

 

Rainbow Health

Health equity advocacy and LGBTQ+ clinical services

 

RECLAIM!

Mental health support for queer and trans youth

 

TIGERRS

Programs and Resources by and for trans and intersex people

 

Trans Lifeline

National crisis hotline run by and for trans people

 

Transforming Families

Peer-support for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming and questioning youth, and their families

 

The Trevor Project

International suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ young people


 

Mentoring Resources 

 

Developmental Assets to support positive youth development 

 

MENTOR - Becoming a Better Mentor

 

Mandated Reporting 

Reflective Listening 

 

Resources for Mentoring Programs

 

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