Youth Program: Operation Q

What’s Operation Q all About?

 Operation Q is the Rainbow Community Center’s Youth Program designed to promote self acceptance and a positive self-identity for all LGBTQ youth. At Operation Q  we provide education; encourage leadership; promote activism; and encourages socialization in a safe-space for LGBTQ and questioning youth and allies.

Questions? Email us at youthprogram@rainbowcc.org.

The Rainbow Youth Program is a place to:

  • Get support
  • Make new friends
  • Learn more about yourself
  • Learn more about the LGBTQ community
  • Get advice on how to handle experiences happening at home, work, school or church
  • Build Pride

Make sure to check out our facebook page!


RCC Youth Mentors—many of whom are graduates of our youth program—lead our youth groups; supervise drop-in hours; provide 1-on-1 support services for our youth members; and help organize and chaperone our dances, youth events, and field trips. Our mentors also serve as a link between our youth program and other RCC services.

Youth Drop-In & Support

Come hang-out at the RCC Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. !

We have snacks, games, movies, access to the internet, and a safe space to hangout with other youth!

LGBTQ Youth Computer & Homework Lab

Use our computers to check email, work on projects and get ahead with your homework! We have video/music/photo editing software.

PLEASE NOTE: Youth drop-in hours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 3 and 5 p.m. and are subject to change based on youth group dates below. 

Littles, High School, and TAY Youth Groups

The RCC Youth Groups include scheduled guest speakers, presentations, special projects, workshops, and discussions. They are always facilitated by our Youth Outreach Counselors who are trained to hold a fun and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth between the ages 11-25.

Please note days and times subject to change month by month. Please refer to this for correct dates and times for groups or call in advance to confirm.

JULY Group Dates and Times:


Friday 7/7 – 3:00-5:00 p.m. ALL AGES EVENT Picnic in the Park!
Thursday 7/13 – 2:00-5:00 p.m. ALL AGES EVENT Pool Party! (RSVP to Daphnee at daphnee@rainbowcc.org for more details and permission slip)
Tuesday 7/25 – 3:00-6:00 p.m. ALL AGES EVENT Seniors and Youth Karaoke!
Thursday 7/27 – 9:30-4:00 p.m. ALL AGES EVENT Field Trip: Alameda Beach with Empowerment Youth Group from Antioch! (Space is limited, permission slip/RSVP todaphnee@rainbowcc.org)
LITTLES GROUP (Ages 11-13)

Saturday 7/1 – 1:00-3:30 p.m. “Planting” Pride!

Saturday 7/15 – 1:00-3:30 p.m. “Old School” Youth Meet “New School” Youth!


Thursday 7/6 – 3:30-6:00 p.m. “Screaming Queens” Screening!

Tuesday 7/11 – 3:30-6:00 p.m. Ice Cream and Art in the Park!

Thursday 7/20 – 3:30-6:00 p.m. “The Right Way” Trans Students’ Rights!


Thursday 7/20 – 3:30-6:00 p.m. “The Right Way” Trans Students’ Rights!

Youth & Family Counseling

Our professional counselors  are available to also offer assistance with coming out, school concerns,  family issues, healthy relationships, support groups, referrals to local providers, and support for parents of LGBTQ Youth. Call the Counseling Referral Line at: (925) 692-2056.

Youth Events and Field Trips

Youth field trips are scheduled throughout the year.

Past Youth Field-trips include:

  • Tour of Pixar Studios in Emeryville
  • Tour of Google Headquarters in Palo Alto
  • Tour of the LGBT Castro District
  • Trip to Half Moon Bay
  • Trips to Great America and Water World
  • Camping on Mt. Diablo
  • Slumber Party at the RCC

Check out a video of Operation Q at Pixar!

Coming Soon: videos from our last Variety Show “Born this Way”!


Who doesn’t love a good dance? Our dances are always a good time and are held quarterly with fun snacks, DJ’s, and there is always a theme! So dress up (or don’t), and come and dance!

Annual Youth Dances:

  • Valentine’s Day Dance
  • Pride Dance
  • Halloween Dance

Look for event updates on our facebook .

Questions? Email us at: youthprogram@rainbowcc.org

Other LGBT Youth Services You Should Know About

The Trevor Project



The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth. No one should be alone!

Contra Costa LGBTQ Youth Collaborative

The Collaborative is a joint community effort to reach and engage  families, peers, schools, faith groups and other community members to raise awareness of the harmful effects of  rejection on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning  youth.

Our Partners

Center for Human Development


Center for Human Development (CHD) is a community-based organization that offers a spectrum of services for at-risk youth, individuals, families, and communities in the Bay Area.

CHD Empowerment Youth Group meets Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Rivertown Resource Center, 301 W. 10th Street, Antioch.

Gender Spectrum



Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.

RYSE Center



Richmond, CA

RYSE is committed to maintaining safety for the full diversity of youth they serve so they are able to take healthy risks emotionally, politically, and physically

Support for Youth with LGBTQ Parents



Our Family Coalition