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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 RCC 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
  • HAVE FUN!

Make sure to check out our facebook page!

Mentors

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!

We have snacks, games, movies, access to the internet, and of course our fabulous youth mentors! Also checkout our Discussion & Support Group for LGBTQ youth 14 to 20 years old. Groups include scheduled guest speakers, presentations, and special projects. PLEASE NOTE: Youth discussion and support group occurs during youth hours Thursdays and Fridays 4pm-5pm. Days and times subject to change due to scheduled field trips and events. Please call in advance to confirm.

Hours:

Thursdays and Fridays: 3:00pm to 6:30pm*

Saturdays: 1:00 pm until 6:30 pm

 Skittles Group

Support group for youth 10 to 13 years old. The schedule for Skittles is dictated by need / interest. Please contact us for more information: youthprogram@rainbowcc.org

LGBTQ Youth Computer & Homework Lab

Drop by Thursday through Saturday and use our computers to check email, work on projects and get ahead with your homework! We have video/music/photo editing software. Our Youth Mentors are here to help you with your homework and computer projects too!

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 Emmeryville
  • 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”!

YOUTH DANCES!!!

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

866-488-7386

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

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

Trevor Lifeline: 866 488 7386

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

925-687-8844

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

510-567-3977

http://www.genderspectrum.org/

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

RYSE Center

510-374-3401

http://www.rysecenter.org/

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

COLAGE

 http://www.colage.org/

Our Family Coalition

 http://www.ourfamily.org/