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The Diversity Center's Youth Program
The Diversity Center provides supportive, educational and social activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies. With the help of adult mentors, youth participants take a leadership role in supporting middle and high school campus Gay-Straight Alliances, providing peer counseling and leadership training, and advocating for LGBTQ youth, event planning, and more.
The Diversity Center holds a weekly meet-up at The Diversity Center which provide a safe space for adolescents 12 through 18 to be themselves! Come connect with new and old friends, plan events, or just hang out!
The Diversity Center offers support to Santa Cruz County Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA's). Whether a GSA is planning an event, looking for guest speakers, needs help with organizing, and more, The Diversity Center is here to help.
The Diversity Center works with youth to plan fun events! We plan the annual Breaking the Silence event, Queer Camp and more! The Diversity Center prides itself on youth taking the lead on planning these events with a supportive and partnership role from adults.
For more information on Encompass:
Please call 831-425-5422
Recent Program Transition:
After much evaluation and discussion, Encompass Community Services and The Diversity Center leadership have come to the agreement that both agencies can best meet the needs of our queer youth community if they operate independently. On Encompass's end, this timing coincides with an Encompass STRANGE youth coordinator transition and an agency-wide strategic planning process that is emphasizing outcome-driven and person-centered services. As this strategic planning process advances, Encompass will continue to operate the STRANGE program in a manner that is in alignment with these goals.
The Diversity Center is moving forward to continue providing leadership training, community building and support to local LGBTQ youth independently. The Diversity Center will continue to do this through visiting GSAs, having our Saturday leadership group and by planning community events (like Breaking the Silence and Queer Camp).
A new name will be found for TDC's youth program.
The Diversity Center and Encompass Community Services are each committed to providing our own specialized services to the queer youth community in a manner that is relevant and accessible. Additionally, we are committed to utilizing our respective resources efficiently, and therefore we intend to minimize duplication of services wherever possible and remain strong partners in supporting LGBTQ youth in Santa Cruz county, even though it will not be through co-running the STRANGE program.