Event Series Breakout!

Breakout! Mental Health Process Group (Ages 12-17)

Youth Process Group is an age-specific online processing group from ages 12 to 17. We meet every Monday night from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. BreakOUT is a supportive space for participants to navigate the everyday stressors in their lives. Group leaders facilitate discussions about various topics and activities such as identity, school/ home life, and more. BreakOUTs mission is to involve and engage with young LGBTQIA+ community members, allowing them to explore new strategies to cope as well as connect with their queer identity in a safe space with their peers. It is facilitated by MFT Trainees Brittany Hardin and Yanique Bonner The group is now meeting on Zoom. Please join us using the link below! Meeting ID: 824 5299 3443 Passcode: center

Queer Youth Art Collective (ages 18-26)

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

The Queer Youth Art Collective (QYAC) is a space where we encourage folks to boost their mental health while having fun and expressing themselves creatively. Engaging in creative pursuits can have a positive impact on mental well-being, and we want to provide an inclusive space for you to explore your artistic side. Join us for weekly in-person Tuesday meetings at the LGBTQ Center OC and delve into paints, collages, jewelry-making, and more!

Study with Pride (ages 13-18)

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.

Event Series 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.

Mental Health Trauma-Informed Series

TOPIC: CHILDHOOD TRAUMA AND SUBSTANCE USE  This series consists of learning about childhood trauma and substance use, trauma resilience and recovery, through the lens of Trauma -Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The goal of this series is to assist educators, advocates/allies, mental health therapists/counselors, administration, parents, and professionals to understand how to work with the LGBTQ+ population in a more trauma-informed manner by understanding how trauma affects this community.

Event Series Rainbow Group

Quartz (Ages 13-18)

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

Quartz (formerly 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.