Smoking Undermines Progress (SUP) Coalition

The SUP Coalition is a community of advocates, and as advocates, we wish to help inform our community and educate them of the consequences of using nicotine products. The SUP (Smoking Undermines Progress) OC aims to establish smoke-free LGBTQ+ Events, as well as prevent tobacco and vape use among LGBTQ+ and ally youth and young adults in Orange County. Meetings are held via Zoom/Discord on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 4:30-6pm, and again 6:30pm-8pm. The days and times may vary depending on its members! Each meeting begins with checking in with each member, meetings consist of planning for future events as well as conducting meetings with those in charge of community engagement and outreach to table the idea of making events within our community smoke-free, and the meetings conclude with fun activities for all involved!

Recurring Event Youth Empowered to Act

Youth Empowered to Act

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

Youth Empowered to Act (YETA) is a coalition of LGBTQQ and allied youth young leaders working to create safer, supportive and intersectional* spaces to engage in advocacy and social justice. Every year, this youth group organizes and leads Orange County’s only LGBTQQ youth conference, the OC LGBTQQ Youth Convening. Community events include but are not limited to: speaking at school board meetings, presenting at local youth conferences, hosting a leadership summer program, drag show fundraiser, and attend the national Creating Change Conference. This is a free group with no membership fees.

Breakout Mental Health Process Group

Ages 12-17. Breakout Youth Mental Health Process Group provides a safe and affirming space to discuss mental health issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community. This group is intended to assist folks in learning to understand, manage, and decrease symptoms of mental health, build community, raise confidence, and learn new and effective coping skills.

Smoking Undermines Progress (SUP) Coalition

The SUP Coalition is a community of advocates, and as advocates, we wish to help inform our community and educate them of the consequences of using nicotine products. The SUP (Smoking Undermines Progress) OC aims to establish smoke-free LGBTQ+ Events, as well as prevent tobacco and vape use among LGBTQ+ and ally youth and young adults in Orange County. Meetings are held via Zoom/Discord on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 4:30-6pm, and again 6:30pm-8pm. The days and times may vary depending on its members! Each meeting begins with checking in with each member, meetings consist of planning for future events as well as conducting meetings with those in charge of community engagement and outreach to table the idea of making events within our community smoke-free, and the meetings conclude with fun activities for all involved!

Recurring Event Cisn’t

Cisn’t

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

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 Men’s Therapy Group

Men’s Therapy Group

The goals of this group are: to create a safe, comfortable place to express feelings, exploration of self through group process and reflection, enhancing sense of self through awareness and acceptance, and to support and be supported. Ages 18 and over.

Recurring Event Mental Health Process Group

Mental Health Process Group

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

This group 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.

Youth Empowered to Act – Elevate Program

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 Café Con Community

Café Con Community

A process group for Latino/a and LGBTQ+ individuals *A bilingual Spanish and English speaking group 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.