Westchester Jewish Community Center- CENTER LANE

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Provider Category: Supportive Services

  • About the Organization

    CENTER LANE, a program of Westchester Jewisch Community Services, is Westchester’s only community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) adolescents. Designed to reduce the isolation that many of these young people feel, the center provides an opportunity for socialization, enhanced self-esteem and personal growth in a safe place where they can be themselves without the fear of harassment.

    Services include: weekly support groups, creative and educational workshops, recreational and social events, social skill building activities, advocacy and short-term individual, family and group counseling. The center also offers opportunities for young people to do community service and a monthly networking meeting for student members of local high school Gay/Straight Alliance clubs.

    CENTER LANE staff and youth volunteers provide ongoing training in high schools and social service agencies on bullying/bias harassment and other important issues that face lesbian and gay youth.

    While most of the activities take place at in Yonkers, which also focuses on LGBTQ youth of color, CENTER LANE also offers satellite services at The LOFT LGBT Center in White Plains.

    Center Lane provides workshops and presentations in schools and agencies. Tailored to the age and background of the audience, the training aims to deepen understanding, reduce bullying, combat misinformation and promote social justice for all.

    Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) is your not-for-profit non-sectarian neighbor, helping people cope with and conquer the effects of mental, physical, social and educational challenges. Our caring and compassionate programs serve more than 18,000 adults, children and families each year through approximately 60 sites across Westchester.

    A wide range of clinical and community-based mental health, counseling and specialty programs, home health care services, learning programs and services for people with developmental disabilities are available to those who live or work in Westchester County. Unique services address issues that range from child sexual abuse to geriatric care. Our Jewish programming department assists the diverse needs of Westchester’s Jewish community.

    ***The information in section B is specific to the Center Lane Program

  • Programs and Services
    Organization works specifically with youth (ages 10-24): Yes
    Organization works only with LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) youth, ages 10-24: Yes
    Drop-in: Yes
    Street outreach: Yes
    Case management: Yes
    Crisis counseling: Yes
    Family intervention: Yes
    Meals: Yes
    HIV testing and counseling: Yes
    Other STD or STI testing: Yes
    Counseling or mental health care: Yes
    Education or GED preparation or school counseling: Yes
    Youth development opportunities: Yes
    Free WiFi: Yes
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