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Venice Family Clinic Serves CA LGBTQ+ Youth Through AFFIRM Program
Venice Family Clinic is a leader in providing comprehensive, high-quality primary health care to people in need. Over the last 50 years, the Clinic has grown from a small storefront operation into one of Los Angeles’ leading community health centers, providing care to 27,000 men, women, and children annually through sites in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista, Culver City, Inglewood, and Hawthorne. Venice Family Clinic has been part of the inaugural cohort of AFFIRM sites this year through the Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. AFFIRM groups create a safe and brave space for youth to support one another as they explore their LGBTQ+ identities and learn to manage their thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Within the groups, participants have been able to discuss the effects of discrimination and identify strategies and activities that will help them increase feelings of worthiness, belonging, and overall sense of hope. For those in California and interested in participating, contact JAmayaGonzalez@mednet.ucla.edu. For more information about the AFFIRM program and how your agency can get involved, visit https://www.affirmativeresearch.net/.
Harrisburg Coffee Shop, LGBTQ Artists Fund Program to Help Youth with Sensory Issues
ProjectQ Provides Hundreds of Free Haircuts to LGBTQ Homeless Youth
ProjectQ is more than a hair salon, it is a terrific black-queer-owned community center, collective, and nonprofit organization. It creates a safe space for all LGBTQIA+, QTPOC, and BIPOC folks to feel safe, seen, and supported. Five days a week, it operates as a full-service, full-paying salon. Every second Sunday, it provides free gender-affirming haircuts, clothing, self-empowering workshops, internships, job placement, mentorship, and so much more. ProjectQ provides a place where LGBTQIA+ youth who are experiencing homelessness can thrive. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it has been dropping off food and hygiene boxes to LGBTQIA+ youth and low-income families. To become a ProjectQ supporter, visit their website and follow them on social media.