A SAFE SPACE FOR QUEER YOUTH
RYSE works to increase LGBTQ youth presence in the community and ensure that they are reflected in and supported by programs that are safe, loving, welcoming, and responsive. Read about our Theory of Liberation here.
- Advocacy & Raising Awareness
- Youth Leadership & Peer Supports
- Individual/Group Counseling & Case Management
The Alphabet Group is a support and empowerment group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex youth to discuss their experiences, multiple identities, healthy sexuality, education, advocacy, and current issues. They build community through collective art projects, going on fieldtrips, and helping plan LGBTQ events. They created The Alphabet Soup webseries to explore gender justice, sexuality, and identity.
BODY-POSITIVE, SEX-POSITIVE PROGRAMMING
"Let's Talk About Sex" explores sexual health, sex positivity, consent, gender, pleasure, and healthy relationship dynamics in ways that are identity focused and trauma informed. They create a non-judgmental workshop space that is accessible to all sexual orientations and genders that also centers queer and trans youth experiences.
PEER EDUCATION COHORT
The Let's Talk About Sex internships support youth leadership development through a series of sexual health/healthy sexuality workshops that are LGBTQ and body inclusive and teaching/facilitation trainings. Interns learn to become peer leaders for sexual health information, while co-organizing sexual health workshops for RYSE. This internship results in a Sexual Health Peer Educator Certification endorsed by Planned Parenthood, and helps build a foundation for a career in public health and education.
SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ YOUTH LEADERS AND RESEARCHERS
RYSE youth interns have identified issues around bullying targeted at LGBTQ students as part of a Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project. They pushed to strengthen LGBTQ groups in schools, educate students and staff on LGBTQ issues, and provide Gender Justice trainings to school staff.
RYSE PRYDE MONTH
RYSE Center hosts educational and community building events honoring LGBTQ history. In 2018, we held a Pryde BBQueer Kick-off with a community art project, attended the QWOCMAP Film Festival in SF, hosted a QTPOC Artist’s Panel, created art connecting us to our queer and trans identities, screened But I’m a Cheerleader and Moonlight, and hosted Rhythms of Love: A Queer Dance Party with youth performances and a drag show.