is an LGBTQ youth community center that holds the experiences, strengths and needs of systems-impacted youth at our core, and recognizes these youth as fierce and fabulous change-agents
in our community. Our Space is located in Hayward, CA and is a program of Bay Area Youth Center/Sunny Hills Services.
At the heart of everything we do at Our Space (and hanging in glitter on our wall), we ask this question:
"How do you show fierce love to yourself and your community?"
We ask this question because in a world where queer and trans youth are stigmatized and marginalized on the daily, we think it takes a lot of ferocity
to stand up against that hate and choose to love ourselves AND our community
unconditionally and for all that we are.
All Our Space services are infused with this concept of fierce love
therapy and case management services with LGBTQ providers
LGBTQ community center programming that inlcudes:
o LGBTQ youth peer support groups
o Healthy relationships and sexuality groups
o Performance, healing and community building activities
o A monthly, LGBTQ intergenerational community potluck
- Mobile support groups and workshops
at local group homes, schools and community organizations
- Specialized support services for LGBTQ youth in foster care
- Annual East Bay Youth Pride
celebration, organized by
LGBTQ youth for
- A fun & empowering Fierce Love Summer Day Camp
for LGBTQ youth ages 12-17
- Referrals and linkages to critical support services
(i.e. housing, medical, legal, etc.)
- Professional Development trainings & curricula for service providers to better work with LGBTQ youth:
o Critica Conversations,
a multi-media curriculum for working with LGBTQ youth impacted by mental health
, a toolkit for providers working with LGBTQ Foster youth
Our Space has served over 300 LGBTQ youth ages 12 - 23 since July 2016.
Many of our youth are living in poverty and have been impacted by homelessness, the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. Approximately 75% of Our Space members are youth of color.
All of the money raised for Our Space
has a direct impact on the lives of queer and trans youth. We invite you to show fierce love
for LGBTQ youth in your community by donating to Our Space today.