Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center

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Provider Category: Supportive Services

  • About the Organization

    Since 1998 the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) has created safety and support for LGBTQQ youth in Oregon, through youth empowerment, community building, education and direct services.

    SMYRC is a program of Q 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.

    Q Center’s SMYRC Program Drop-In is a safe, sober space for LGBTQ and questioning folks between the ages of 12 and 23. We have open drop in hours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm-9pm. During drop in, folks have the opportunity to cook meals in our kitchen, work on art projects in our art studio, use our computer lab, play games, check out our drag closet and clothing “free pile” and meet and connect with other LGBTQ and questioning youth! We also offer haircuts, a library and much more! Some of our monthly special events include Drag Night on the second Friday of every month and Open Mic Night on the last Friday of every month! We also offer a variety of different regular small groups such as a writing group, gardening group and community outreach group as well as one time groups such as safer sex education groups and craft groups. Q Center’s SMYRC Drop In is a youth run program, and folks who want to be involved in programming, rule changes and other planning and volunteering within the space are encouraged to come to Steering Committee, which meets every Wednesday at 6pm. Every youth who attends gets a vote on how Q Center’s SMYRC Program operates!

  • 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
    Crisis counseling: Yes
    Meals: Yes
    HIV testing and counseling: Yes
    Other STD or STI testing: Yes
    Counseling or mental health care: Yes
    Youth development opportunities: Yes
    Free WiFi: Yes
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