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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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 3-6 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 6 p.m. and are subject to change based on youth group dates below.
Skittles, 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.
MARCH Group Dates and Times:
SKITTLES GROUP (Ages 11-13)
Saturday 3/4 1:00-3:30 p.m. Breakthrough Brainstormin!
Saturday 3/11 1:00-3:30 p.m. Spring Spirit Boost!
HIGH SCHOOL GROUP (Ages 14-18)
Tuesday 3/7 3:00-5:00 p.m. Drop In Hangout Space
Tuesday 3/14 3:00-5:00 p.m. Drop In Hangout Space
Tuesday 3/28 3:00-5:00 p.m. Drop In Hangout Space
TRANSITIONAL AGE YOUTH “TAY” GROUP (Ages 18-25)
No specific groups for TAY Youth are scheduled for the month of March. However, please see All Ages Event below that TAY youth may attend.
ALL AGES EVENTS (11-25)
Tuesday 3/21 3:30-6:30 p.m. “Out of the Closet” Free Gender Non-Conforming Clothing Give-Away!
Location for “Out of the Closet” event: Everything Under the Rainbow Thrift Shop, 2095 Pacheco St. (Only blocks away from the RCC!)
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”!
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 .
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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!
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.
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 provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.
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