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"The Rainbow Youth Center has not only supported me in growing as a transgender teen but as a human being. The education that is made available to me at the Rainbow Youth Center helps me on a daily basis to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. I like to see myself as a successful individual due to my 4.0 at the Southwest Colorado eschool, my winnings in the 1.10 child/adult medal class of the HITS Arizona horse show, and my win at the "Be Herd" poetry slam. However, I would not have been able to achieve any of that without the mentors at the Rainbow Youth Center. They were my resources in a time where I wanted to take my own life. I could never thank them enough for teaching me how to love myself and my identity disorder."

Programs


After School Program

Monday 3 - 6 and Thursday 4 - 6 drop-in safe space providing snacks, games, and opportunities to connect with peers in a welcoming and nonjudgemental environment. Open to ages 12 - 18 all LGBTQ+ and allies welcome!

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Tea Time

Support group on Tuesdays 4 - 5:30pm, open to ages 13 - 18 who identify as transgender, gender fluid/ queer or gender non-binary.

Playgroup and Parent Support Group

3rd Saturday of the month from 10 - 12, open to ages 5 - 12 for those identifying as transgender, gender fluid/ queer or gender non-binary and their families. The children play and connect while the parents/families engage. Parents that have older children may attend the adult support group.

Mentorship Program

Any age, when mentors are available we try to find a good match for the youth

Facilitate GSA’s

In Escalante, Miller and Mountain Middle School and Durango High. Reach out if you are interested in starting one in your school!

Weekend Events

Schedule about every other month, see our Rainbow Youth Center Facebook Pare, website or contact Jennifer for scheduled events.


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Questions?

For questions on all programs contact Jennifer Stucka-Benally at 970-759-3180 or jennifer@rainbowyouthcenter.org.


Resources

Powerpoint

Used for many of our trainings.

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project supports LGBTQ teens. The project speaks to the difficulties of bring a queer teen and wants them to know that IT GETS BETTER!

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Transgender Resource center of New Mexico

The Transgender Resource center of New Mexico is dedicated to serving the transgender communities in the state of New Mexico and strives to exist as a clearing house for resources which can support, assist, educate, and advocate for the transgender and gender non conforming population of this state and their families and loved ones. We provide social, educational, emotional, and functional support for all facets of transgender living and promote mutual understanding, acceptance, and equality to achieve a more positive and healthy society.

 

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.

Trans Youth Education and Support (TYES) of Colorado

Trans Youth Education and Support (TYES) of Colorado offers support for trans-varient youth and their families.