Youth First is one of the only LGBTQ-focused programs in North Texas that addresses the challenges LGBTQ teens face at home, school and in the community.
Serving middle and high school aged youth, 12-18 years old, Youth First equips them with the tools and resources they need to lead authentic lives. Family ties are strengthened, peer support networks are built and mental health is supported through activities that build confidence and address the specific issues that LGBTQ teens face during their critical and formative years. In addition, Youth First provides programming and resources for parents and families.
Support Groups and Education Reduce High-Risk Behaviors
- Gender Identity Night
- HIV and STD prevention
- Healthy Relationships Group
- Coming Out Support
- Homework help and job readiness
- LGBTQ History Classes
- S.T.A.Y (Saving Teens and Youth)
Social Programming Decreases Social Isolation
- Friday Family Dinners
- Game Nights
- Movie Nights
- Fieldtrips (Musicals/Shows, Dallas Zoo, Six Flags, etc.)
- Pride Ball Prom
- Holiday Parties
Creative Self-Expression and Community Involvement Builds Self-Esteem
- Art, Theater, and Writing clubs
- Summer Creative Works Program
- University of Drag
- Karaoke Nights
- Community Involvement (Feeding the homeless, volunteering at Humane Society, etc.)
Behavioral Health Services Strengthen Coping Skills
- LGBTQ focused mental health and substance abuse for youth.
- Behavioral Health counseling services are available for teens in either individual, group or family settings.
- Click here for behavioral health services.
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Gender Identity Night
A support group for transgender, gender non-conforming, gender questioning or youth anywhere else on the gender spectrum! This is one of Youth First’s most popular programs, and is led by transgender facilitators. Every Tuesday, 7 p.m.
In partnership with The Turning Point, we facilitate discussions about sex, consent and defining healthy boundaries and relationships. Few schools provide sex education and fewer cover LGBTQ-specific content. In order to reduce high-risk behavior among youth, education is critical.
During the school year, many students find themselves needing extra help editing a paper, studying for exams, or completing assignments. Our homework help program provides youth with assistance and resources to succeed in school. The computer lab is equipped with Wi-Fi, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and printing capabilities.
S.T.A.Y (Saving Teens and Youth)
STAY is a monthly support group for youth experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, bullying or anything else that is that may be causing pain or loneliness. This group is facilitated by a Licensed Master Social Worker and will allow youth to receive encouragement, education and coping skills while gaining support from peers going through similar things.
There is also a simultaneous parent STAY group that focuses on warning signs, how to talk to your kids about tough topics, and parents sharing experiences and offering support to one another.
STAY youth and parents support groups occur every third Wednesday of the month.
Friday Family Dinner sponsored by Mercado 369
Each week, we gather LGBTQ youth and chosen family or guests to have a family-style meal all together. Activities follow after dinner. Dinner is served every Friday at 7 p.m. If you are interested in donating food for Friday Family Dinner, click here to contact us.
Pride Ball Prom
The Pride Ball Prom is a unique “come as you are” prom for LGBTQ and allied youth 12-18 to celebrate who you are! Our 2018 Pride Ball Prom was a huge hit with about 150 youth in attendance! Stay tuned for details on the 2019 Pride Ball prom. We will have dancing, catered food, crowning of a Prom King, Queen and In-Between, and a photo booth.
This program provides materials, instruction and support for youth seeking a creative outlet. An annual summer art camp and art show (in the summer) allow youth to share their art with the community.
Writing can be a powerful form of self-expression and means of having a voice in the world. Each Tuesday youth will have the opportunity to discuss your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry with professional authors and editors who will encourage you in your writing and help you hone your skills to create the best work possible.
University of Drag
U Drag is a program led by local amateur and professional drag king and queen volunteer instructors that teach youth about the history and culture of drag, hair and makeup, costume design, building a drag persona, stage presence, and more! U Drag takes the art of drag out of the club seen and makes it an accessible form of positive self-expression for LGBTQ and allied youth. This 10-week program culminates in a U Drag showcase where participants can show off what they learned and educate the Dallas community about the art of drag as a form of self-expression for youth! Stay tuned for more details on 2019 University of Drag Program!
Youth First: 214-540-4471
Connect With Us
Resource Center Community Center
5750 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75235
OPEN: Tue & Wed 4-9 p.m.; Fri 4-10 p.m.; Saturday hours vary
CLOSED: Sun, Mon, Thurs
*Check the calendar above, as operating hours may change due to special programming or events.
Get involved with Youth First
- Click here to be a Youth First sponsor.
- Click here to access our Amazon Wish List for items that we current need.
- Click here for a list of food items that would help Youth First.
Special thanks to our program sponsors: