Recurring Event Study With Pride

Study With Pride (Ages 13-18)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

Study With Pride is a tutoring group for LGBTQQIA+ youth. Youth are invited to stop by for homework help and tutoring on topics, such as math, science, and writing. Everyone is welcomed to also hang out, socialize and take a break from school! We also offer a discord server for youth to hang out, post memes, and ask for help with school work, for more information contact the facilitator. 

Drop-In Space for LGBTQ Immigrants

We want to welcome all LGBTQ+ immigrants to this Drop-in space where you can share your thoughts, feelings, resources, chisme, or anything else that you would like to share. This drop-in space will be held every Wednesday from 4:00pm-5:00pm PST via Zoom. If this time does not work for you, we can arrange another time. Queremos dar la bienvenida a todos los inmigrantes LGBTQ+ a esta 'Hora Abierta' donde pueden compartir sus pensamientos, sentimientos, recursos, chismes y cualquier otra cosa que guste compartir. Esta hora abierta va ser cada Miércoles de 4:00p.m -5:00p.m PST a través de Zoom. Si este horario no te funciona, podemos coordinar otro horario.

Recurring Event Cisn’t

Cisn’t (Ages 13-18)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

Cisn’t is a closed social space for transgender, intersex, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth 13-18. The purpose of this group is to create a supportive and inclusive environment in which one’s gender may be freely expressed and respected. Given that the majority of transgender students feel unsafe in school, it is important to provide a safe and welcoming environment that caters to the direct needs of transgender youth. Two adult group facilitators offer discussion topics relating to the transgender community while leaving space for youth to connect with peers and participate in engaging activities and community events, such as Transgender Day of Visibility, OC Trans Pride, and Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Recurring Event Rainbow Group

Rainbow Group (Ages 13-18)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

Rainbow Group is a social drop-in group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied youth ages 13-18. Three adult mentors facilitate group activities and discussions to provide a safe and supportive environment, where youth can make lifelong connections with their peers and develop a positive sense of identity. On a monthly basis, we invite guest speakers from different community organizations to speak in order to increase the educational component of our program. Youth are able to learn about different topics, such as STI and HIV prevention, relationships and setting boundaries, consent, dating, sexual self-care, gender identity, coming out, advocacy, empowerment, student rights, bullying and harassment, drugs and alcohol, mental health and suicide prevention.

Recurring Event Grief and Loss Support Group

Grief and Loss Support Group (Ages 55+)

The senior program is starting a grief and loss support group for anyone 55+. Grief is a normal and natural reaction when dealing with bereavement. A person can experience loss due to a passing of a loved one, a breakup, divorce or any other types of loss you may have experienced. Join us as we offer support and encourage one another to share our stories in a safe and welcoming environment.

Recurring Event OUTlet (Ages 18-26)

OUTlet (Ages 18-26)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

OUTlet is intended to create a safe space for youth to talk about mental health issues, create healthy relationships with others, and learn tools to understand, manage, and decrease symptoms of mental health. This group will teach youth how to build insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and learn how to communicate their needs and wants in a healthy assertive manner. Lastly, with an emphasis on maladaptive coping skills including self-medicating with substances, isolating, or engaging in risky behaviors, youth will learn to develop coping skills needed to manage symptoms on a long-term basis. OUTlet meets hybridly (in-person & online) every Thursday at 4:30-6:30.

Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) – Elevate (Ages 14-24)

The Center OC 1605 N Spurgeon St, Santa Ana, CA

The Elevate Program creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to increase their advocacy and leadership skills. Through a trauma-informed, health-centered and asset-based approach, youth leaders will work to effect transformative and peer-led policy, systems and environmental change in Orange County. Youth leaders work to identify healthy alternatives to suspension/expulsion related to substance use. Ultimately, LGBTQ Center OC is committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline and transforming the pipeline to restorative justice, healing and rehabilitation through their Elevate Program. Elevate Program Goals: Reframe substance abuse as a public health issue Combat the detrimental impacts from the War on Drugs on BIPOC/LGBTQ communities Provide trauma-informed counseling and process groups at no cost Raise awareness through social media campaigns, activities, and events

Recurring Event Cafe Con Community

Cafe Con Community (Ages 18-25)

Come join our bilingual Spanish/English group Café con Community! This group is intended to provide a safe space for Latino/a & LGBTQ+ identifying persons ages 18-25 wanting to process issues related to their Latino/a identity and how this impacts their experience in the U.S. This group aims to create a sense of community and teach insight promoting healthy coping strategies and interpersonal relationships.