Founded in 1993 as a support group for LGBTQ youth that met in the “attic” of a mainstream social service organization, The Attic has since grown into a comprehensive multi-service youth agency. The Attic’s mission is to create opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and to promote the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society. The Attic offers the following key programs:
- The Life Skills Center provides individual and group programming in five concentration areas: job readiness, academic and educational enrichment, health and wellness, youth leadership, and arts and culture. Group activities include art, creative writing, tutoring, cooking and nutrition, career development, study hall, community engagement and leadership development. Individual services include life coaching and mentoring;
- Supportive Services, including mental health counseling for individuals and families; case management, and support groups;
- HIV prevention services, including HIV testing and counseling; and
- The Bryson Institute of The Attic Youth Center, which provides training and workshops on the best practices in meeting the needs of LGBTQ youth in schools, social service agencies, faith communities, families, and neighborhoods.