Approximately 15,000 LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) teens live in North Texas yet there are minimal resources available for meeting their unique needs. Youth First is one of the only LGBTQ-focused programs in North Texas that addresses the challenges these teens face at home, and within their schools and communities.
Serving middle and high school aged youth, 12-18 years old, Youth First equips them with the skills they need to lead open and productive 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.
Educational Programs Engage and Inform
- Resiliency from bullying and harassment
- Gender Identity group
- Advocacy and Volunteerism
- HIV and STD prevention
- Healthy Relationships
- Coming Out
- Tutoring and job readiness
- Discussion/support group for youth
- Discussion/support group for parents
- GED program
- Lifeskills and mentorship
Recreational Activities Promote Community Confidence
- Art, Theater, and Writing clubs
- Friday Family Dinners
- Summer camps
- Summer Art show
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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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.
Friday Family Dinner
Each week, a corporate, community, faith-based group or family provides a family-style meal for our youth and their guests. Activities follow after dinner. Dinner is served every Friday at 7 p.m. If you are interested in sponsoring Friday Family Dinner, click here to contact us.
This program is designed for youth who want to complete their GED. Join your peers for a weekly guided study through one of the best known GED preparation books. Register here for individual training.
Gender Identity Night
Originally developed as a support group for transgender and non-binary youth, this program has expanded to include all youth affected by gender stereotypes and a largely heteronormative society. 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 will 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.
In conjunction with Healthy Relationships program, staff from our agency’s Nelson-Tebedo Clinic provide HIV testing and prevention information for young participants.
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. Register here for individual support.
Life Skills workshop
Join us for a series of life skills workshops that will prepare you for adulthood, independence and success! We will teach on a variety of topics, such as how to: do laundry, prepare basic meals, perform basic sewing, change a tire, search and apply to colleges, balance a checkbook, create a resume, search for jobs, prepare for an interview, etc.
Parent Discussion Group
Are you a parent or guardian of an LGBTQ youth seeking support from fellow parents? Do you want resources and information that will enable you to be a more supportive parent? Join us on alternating Fridays, 7 p.m.
Too busy to come in during the week? Hopefully our new Social Saturday will work better with your schedule. Join us for a variety of fun activities every Saturday afternoon, 12-5 p.m. PLEASE RING THE CALL BOX ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING FOR ACCESS.
Learn the basics of on stage theater work and perform all kinds of FUN acting games! Including: Improv, Pantomime, learning how to develop different kinds of characters and different ages, and how to overcome fear of speaking in front of a group.
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.
Young Adult Night
For young adults ages 17-21 years old, we open the Youth Center late for you. Come hang out, dance, play video games, watch a movie or whatever you choose. 2nd and 4th Saturdays 8 p.m.-12 a.m. PLEASE RING THE CALL BOX ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING FOR ACCESS.
Youth First: 214-540-4471
Resource Center Community Center
5750 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75235
OPEN: Tue & Thu 4-9 p.m.; Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat 12-5 p.m. (12-18 y/o); 2nd & 4th Sat 8 p.m.-12 a.m. (17-21 y/o)
CLOSED: Sun, Mon, Wed
Get involved with Youth First
- Click here to sponsor a program at Youth First.
- 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: