The Chill Out

Come hang out at the center for The Chill Out! Every friday between 4-7 pm, the center will be open for teens (ages 12-19) to come and hang out, eat food, and have fun.

Queer Youth Ambassadors Program

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The Teen Leadership Council (TLC) at the Center is a program for teens, run by teens. The TLC is open to Middle and High School aged teens 12-19, and provides a safe an comfortable environment where teens can engage in:

  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Organizing Skills
  • Event Planning and Fundraising
  • Friendship and Peer Supports
  • Events, trips, and exercises to better themselves

TLC meets every Monday. (4:15-6:00 during the school year, and 3:15-6:30 during the summer months.)
email programs@lgbtqcenter.org for more info, or call the center.

LEG (League of Extraordinary Genders)

Meeting for youth (middle and high school) who are transgender, nonbinary, gnc or questioning their gender and identity. Activities include activism, education, peer mentoring, and socialization.

Location: The Center’s Discord Server

Calendar: Meets every Thursday 4pm

Contact: programs@lgbtqcenter.org

Middle and High School GSA Clubs

Do you want to be connected with the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance or Gender Sexuality Alliance) in your school? Send an email to the Program Assistant or call 845-331-5300 to find out more.

Are you a GSA club advisor or officer? Make sure your club is registered with GLSEN. Get in touch with our Program Assistant about how we can support your students, connect you with other GSA clubs, and keep you in the loop about upcoming opportunities and events.

GLSEN Hudson Valley provides small grants and other resources for GSA clubs. Check them out here.

Scholarship

The J. Tracy Hermann scholarship was created to provide financial support for a high school graduate who displays leadership toward LGBTQ+ equality. The Center seeks to help mitigate the prohibitive costs associated with post secondary education and to make a brighter future possible for young LGBTQ+ people.

Candidates take active roles in their communities and are agents of change. Candidates may have started a GSA or anti-bullying campaign, mentored younger students, pushed boundaries as an out athlete, written cutting edge articles in their school paper, engaged in student government, combated bullying by being an active bystander, raised money for an LGBTQ+ cause, or worked with local government to expand non-discrimination policies. We are excited to hear from candidates about the forms their leadership takes. $500 scholarships will be awarded to selected candidates who identify as LGBTQIA+ or act as allies.

The Center youth scholarship is named after the Center’s former Executive Director, J. Tracy Hermann, a highly esteemed civic leader who brought many communities together through his steadfast commitment to equality and justice for all.

New York Resident in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Putnam, or Ulster County

Identification under the larger LGBTQIA+ community and spectrums of marginalized gender and sexual identity including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Non-binary, Genderqueer, Agender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Demisexual identities or active allyship to those communities.

Completion of high school or high school equivalency program in the 2019/2020 academic year.

Acceptance to a post-secondary training program such as a 2 or 4 year accredited college or university, vocational or technical school, or apprenticeship and enrollment in the 2020/2021 academic year. Candidates deferring or delaying enrollment to the 2021/2022 academic year should apply in 2021. Candidates who are unsure if they are deferring or delaying enrollment should apply in 2020, but must enroll in the 2020/2021 academic year to receive scholarship funds this year.

There are no requirements of financial need, however financial circumstances will be taken into consideration.

DEADLINE: 11:59PM EST June 30th, 2020

APPLICATION: https://bit.ly/36I9yaQ

Dances

The Center and the Hudson Valley Queer Youth Project organize several teen dances throughout the school year.

October: National Coming Out Day Dance

The National Coming Out Day Teen Dance is a celebration for all LGBTQ and allied youth. There will be pizza, ice cream, music, dancing, and more!

April: Breaking the Silence Dance

Every year, hundreds of thousands of participants across the country take a vow of silence for one day as part of GLSEN’s Breaking the Silence events to highlight the impacts of anti-LGBT bullying & harassment on youth. As the day comes to a close, we celebrate our community’s resilience with the Breaking the Silence Day Dance.

May: Circles Prom

Join us for the Hudson Valley’s annual LGBTQ Prom for high school-aged LGBTQ youth and allies, in Poughkeepsie! Hosted by Planned Parenthood, in collaboration with the Center, GLSEN and many others.

June: Youth Pride Dance Party

All LGBTQ and allied youth (middle and high school aged) are welcome! Ice cream, food, dancing and games! Get PROUD and have fun at our annual Youth Pride Dance Party!