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Youth Opportunities & Resources

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Peer Counseling for
Trans Individuals

Trans Advocacy and Care Team offers peer counseling for trans individuals.  Their Gender Advocates can help you navigate your gender congruence journey and get connected to resources.

Their Gender Advocates are not medical professionals, mental health professionals, legal professionals, or licensed social workers.

Gender Advocates are volunteer peer counselors who support other trans people through their gender journeys by helping them navigate systems and access affirming resources.

They are trans people helping other trans people thrive.

For more information and to request a call with a Gender Advocate, click below.

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Find a LGBTQ+-Friendly Healthcare Provider

Search the directory to find an LGBTQ-friendly health provider near you.

Are you a provider?  Sign up to be added to the directory.

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Queer Youth Animated

"Queer Youth Animated" is a series of bite-sized interviews with the current generation of LGBTQ+ Youth, animated and scored by queer artists.  You can stream current and past seasons by clicking below.

NAGLY did not create and is not responsible for the content of the videos.

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Gender Expansive Youth Program at BAGLY (Virtual)

Gender Expansive Youth (GEY) is a group that centers the experiences of trans and gender non-conforming youth but is open to anyone aged 12 - 18 interested in exploring gender, identity, and LGBTQ history. Participants will have the opportunity to suggest topics and help plan activities in small groups. Our group is very friendly and welcoming! For many, GEY is a space to connect with other trans and queer youth and make new friends. 

 

We will meet every Wednesday from 5 - 7 pm on zoom until May.  To register, click below.

 

Participants get two graphic novels on gender and queer history, a notebook, and a $50 visa gift card.

 

Email youthleadership@ywcacam.org or text Puja at 781-885-4023 with questions

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Free Mental Health Tools for LGBTQ+ Youth

imi is a free, digital, science-backed mental health web tool for queer teens to learn coping skills, hear stories from real LGBTQ+ teens, and explore resources that affirm queer identities and boost mental health.

Click below for details and to access imi for free.

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Trans-Friendly Salons & Barber Shops

 

Strands For Trans is bringing gays, straights, women, men, anyone, together to create more trans-friendly barbershops and hair salons. If you're a customer, search for a trans-friendship shop or salon. If you're a barber or stylist, join in and let’s help this community feel welcome.

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Join the NAGLY
Outreach Team

 

Youth are invited to join NAGLY's Outreach Team  

  • Represent NAGLY at events, outings, and workshops

  • Develop organizational and public speaking skills

  • Share your stories and experiences

  • Build relationships with Community Partners

  • Participate in valuable trainings

  • And more!

Contact Tony Leone at tony@nagly.org if you're interested.

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Q Chat Groups

 

Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.

Conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the country.

For more information and to get started click below.

Q Chat is a collaboration of Center Link, PFLAG, and Planned Parenthood

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Watch "Queer Youth Changing the World" Series on YouTube

 

“Out in Front: Queer Youth Changing the World” is the new "It Gets Better Project" docu-series that offers a look into the lives of five LGBTQ+ activists who are using their voices to champion a better tomorrow.  Click the button below to watch. 

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Online Resources for LGBTQ+
College Students

A website that connects LGBTQ+ college students to 50 high-quality online resources that are all designed to help them find academic and personal success.  From caring for mental health to finding ways to pay for college, students be able to find anything they might need in this guide.

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Become a Local Peer Mentor

The NAN Project is looking for young adults and recent high school graduates with mental health lived experience to use their stories of resilience to provide hope in schools around Massachusetts.  

The peer mentor role is paid, flexible, and part-time.  Peer mentors receive training in public speaking, suicide prevention, and other life skills.  Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply.  

Training will take place on a rolling basis in the greater Lynn area this summer.   Training will take place over a four-day period, and attendees will be paid a stipend of $250.

To learn more and to apply, click the link below.

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Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault

Helping Survivors is part of a growing movement of concerned citizens, survivors, and professionals working to ensure the right of every person to build a life free from the devastating consequences of sexual assault and abuse.

The resources that they provided, at the website below, are intended for individuals who have experienced sexual assault or abuse and are seeking support.

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LGBTQ+ College Guide

"LGBTQ+ students have a significant presence on college campuses. In   While many colleges try to make their campuses welcoming to LGBTQ+ students, their success rate varies. If you’re a prospective college student who identifies as LGBTQ+, it’s important that you research schools to make sure they’ve created a supportive environment.  In this guide, you’ll learn how to research colleges and review additional topics such as the unique challenges LGBTQ+ students face and the resources and legal rights available to them."

NAGLY is providing this as a resource but it not responsible for the contents.

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Resources for LGBTQ+ Students Getting Ready for College

To make college a little easier, here's a guide of resources for LGBTQ+ students in higher education, including scholarships, resources, clubs, anti-bullying hotlines and more. For anyone considering themselves to be somewhere along the gender, sexuality, or romanticism spectrum, this is some helpful information such as ways to make the college campus feel more inclusive and less homophobic and some top resources for LGBTQ students going to or getting ready for college.

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Scholarships
for LGBTQ+ Students

 

There are numerous scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ students. This comprehensive guide covers everything from common questions about the application process to Title IX and LGBTQ-friendly colleges.

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Watch "How Life Is: Queer Youth Animated"

 

Watch "How Life Is: Queer Youth Animated", which covers the experiences that LGBTQ+ youth navigate, such as coming out, blended families, relationships, peer acceptance, homophobia, parity, and more.

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Blogs For and By LGBTQ+ Youth

 

Check out the Youth Voices Blog, an online blog for LGBTQ+ youth by LGBTQ+ youth. Youth Voices exists to share the perspective of the world from the eyes of today’s queer youth through various forms of media.  Click below to head to their site.

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Access All of NAGLY's Event Posters

 

Just scan the QR code above.

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Pride Books for Children Available at Local Libraries

Click below to access a list of LGBTQ+ children's books available at NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) libraries.

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Virtual Writer's Workshop for LGBTQ+ Youth

Writer’s Room is a free, open invitation bi-monthly workshop  that focuses on developing writing skills for LGBTQIA+ creatives ages 13-19 of all skill levels.

We’ll gather online to study queer writers, reflect upon current events, respond to prompts, and honor our inner artists by creating a pathway from our insides to the outside world.

On occasion, queer guest-facilitators are welcomed into the space to share their personal experience as a writer and artist. This workshop is great for those who are just discovering their voice, and for those who want to continue expanding and developing their artistic point of view. We invite anyone to connect with the community, share, reflect, and respond. Though consistency is highly encouraged, the workshops are non-consecutive and participants may join at any time during the season. Each session is facilitated by two LGBTQIA+ artists, holding space to support your writing practice and affirm your queerness.

This workshop is presented by the Future Perfect Project.  To register for the workshops click below.

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Become a Mentee

Are you between the ages of 7 and 12?  Linked Mentoring is looking for new mentees in their program.  By joining you will build a supportive, trusting, and empowered relationship with an LGBTQ+ adult through one-on-one mentoring.  You can also take advantage of community-building and leadership opportunities.  

Mentoring is done at a distance and online.

All mentors are screened and trained LGBTQ+ adults with a passion for building LGBTQ+ community and supporting LGBTQ+ youth. 

 

If you're interested or looking for more information, click below.

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"Queer Sex Ed" Video Series

All five episodes of the new It Gets Better Project original series "Queer Sex Ed" are now available to view on itgetsbetter.org. "Queer Sex Ed" pairs IRL groups of friends with professional sex educators Melina Gaze and Dr. Lexx. They're having vital conversations about queer sex, sex in the media, consent,  pleasure and more while the sex educators listen in to react, offer context and bust some myths! 

NAGLY is not responsible for or involved in the content of these videos.

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Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Cybersecurity Students 

 

Cybersecurity scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students can help offset the costs of college. In addition to paying for tuition, some scholarships can be used for books, costs of living, and travel. Other scholarship benefits may include mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional memberships.

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The Theater Offensive

 

The Theater Offensive mounts and produces festivals and individual productions by national and local queer performers, and also serves as a development environment for new theatrical work.  

They have a variety of programs throughout the year.  Check out their website below for more information.

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Camp Lightbulb

 

Camp Lightbulb offers camps to LGBTQ+ youth.  They've gone virtual to keep LGBTQ+ youth connected no matter where they call home. 

Click below for more information and to find out what upcoming camps that they're offering.

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Free Online Library of Audiobooks and Ebooks

 

OverDrive is an online library where you can check out audiobooks and ebooks for free.  OverDRive has a wide variety of books, but Candid for OverDrive has a selection of books for "diversity, equality, and inclusion".  To use OverDrive, you'll just need a free, public library account.  If you don't have one contact, your local public library.  To get started with OverDrive, click below.

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