Q Center

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Provider Category: Supportive Services

  • About the Organization

    A broadened positive perception of LGBTQ people.
    The center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility and community building.
    We value families premised on love and commitment. We value the strength, capabilities and goodness of LGBTQ people. We value our allies and advocates. We value the education, empowerment and well-being of our communities. We value leadership and positive role models. We value our similarities and embrace our differences. We value full inclusion, respect and equality. We value financial strength and long-term viability.

    Q Center provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, visibility and community building. Q Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization which offers multi-generational programs and services in four core areas: Arts & Culture; Education & Training; Health & Wellness and Advocacy. There are dozens of events and groups that meet here, some focused on specific topics (like coming out or gender identity) and others aimed at fun social interactions (like sing-along piano cabarets or craft nights). Entry to most of these is sliding-scale and run by dedicated volunteers, keeping Q Center truly community-driven and accessible. In addition to our programmatic offerings, our 5,000 sq/ft facility is also a safe and friendly place to spend an afternoon. With our monthly art exhibits, extensive library collection, Resource Wall, and free WiFi access, there’s always something to see and learn here at Q Center. And don’t forget that Q Center is also a great inexpensive rental space that affords great visibility and accessibility to people and other organizations. SMYRC is a program of Q Center, an LGBTQ Community Center. SMYRC provides safe, supervised, harassment-free, and alcohol- and drug-free spaces for sexual minority youth 23 and younger. Youth gather to participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, youth development, education, peer support, support groups, case management, counseling, and job readiness preparation. SMYRC provides the only drop-in resource center for sexual minority youth in Oregon. We also bring safe space and developmentally appropriate programming to other youth environments through our community education and outreach efforts. SMYRC programs align with key youth development benchmarks, like increasing academic success, reducing poverty and preventing juvenile crime. The support that youth find at SMYRC helps them stay in school, become leaders in their communities, and make responsible personal decisions. Credible national research shows that sexual minority youth face high risk in many ways. Suicide is the leading cause of death among lesbian and gay adolescents. Without community support LGBTQQ youth are two times more likely to use alcohol, and three times more likely to use marijuana than their heterosexual peers; and they are eight times more likely to use crack/cocaine. Furthermore, LGBTQQ youth experience social and community isolation as a result of homophobia. On the other hand there is conclusive evidence that LGBTQQ youth are likely to thrive when participating in organized, adult supervised after school activities, meaning that they’re more likely to succeed in their education, and lead happy, healthy, contributing lives. SMYRC makes a difference.

  • 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
    Crisis counseling: Yes
    Meals: Yes
    Counseling or mental health care: Yes
    Education or GED preparation or school counseling: Yes
    Career counseling: Yes
    Job training or skills development: Yes
    Youth development opportunities: Yes
    Free WiFi: Yes
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