Youth Program: Operation Q

What’s Youth Program All About?

Youth Program at the Rainbow Community Center is designed to promote self-acceptance and a positive self-identity for all LGBTQ+ youth. We provide education; develop leadership; promote activism; and encourage socialization in a safe-space for LGBTQ+, questioning, and ally youth.


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 Outreach Counselors—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 Groups!

Ages: *11 – 13, 14 – 18, 18 – 25

Rainbow 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. *Youth ages 11, must have parent/guardian permission.


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.




*youth ages 11 must have parent/guardian permission to attend



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:

  • Alameda Beach
  • Tour of the LGBTQ+ Castro District
  • Great America
  • Water World
  • Slumber Party at the RCC
  • PRIDE Events
  • And more!


Youth Dances!

Our dances are always a good time and are held quarterly with fun snacks, DJ, and fun themes! So dress up (or don’t), come and dance!


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


Look for event updates on our Facebook

Questions? Email us at: youthprogram@rainbowcc.org


Other LGBTQ+ 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.

For more information about CHD Empowerment Youth Groups in Antioch, CA, email Kevin Martin, Program Coordinator at kevinm@chd-prevention.org


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