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LGBTQ+ Programs

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UAY's LGBTQ+ Programs provide active engagement for youth to help them find an affirming space to be themselves. We provide a safer space and opportunities for youth to explore and develop their identity, try new activities with LGBTQ+ peers, access formal mental health and crisis support resources, and build leadership and advocacy skills.

 

Eligibility: 

  • Any junior high or high school student who self-identifies as LGBTQ+ may participate in any of our programming.  

  • Parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth of any age are invited to attend parent support groups twice per month.  

  • Peer leadership positions are available through application. Interviews are held every 6 months.

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Community Commitment:

In resistance to anti-LGBTQ, and specifically anti-trans legislation being authored and signed into law in the State of Iowa, United Action for Youth will continue to affirm and advocate for our community's trans and LGBTQ+ youth. For a list of transgender and nonbinary resources, please visit OneIowa's resource page: https://oneiowa.org/transresources/ 

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Weekly Pride Group and Hang Out

Drop-in and group spaces for LGBTQ+ young people and their allies to socialize, make connections and be themselves!  Pride Group with Jamie meets every week and hang out is open to all.

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Youth and Parent Support Groups

Focusing on the emotional and mental health of the participants, these groups help to connect you to peers and find solutions to life's struggles.  Both parents and youth groups meet twice per month.

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Community Outreach and Training

We are available to work with your community organization, school, or business to help educate, train, and support LGBTQ+ youth in the spaces that they live, work, and play.

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Crisis Advocacy & Mediation

  • Support for LGBTQ+ identity-based issues in school, at home, and in the community

  • Use the link below to submit request help

  • Examples of issues include bullying, family rejection, peer conflict, unfair treatment at school or work - among others.

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Special Events

  • QCamp is our summer day camp and usually happens in June

  • PrideCon LGBTQ+ Youth Summit is a day-long event in the winter/spring

  • Pride Rock is a summer music camp for aspiring musicians

  • We also attend the Iowa Governor's Conference, Iowa City Pride Festival, and many other events

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Peer Leadership

  • LGBTQ+ high school students may apply to be hired and learn to make an impact on their community while working at UAY

  • 6-month commitment, includes weekly trainings and scheduled work shifts

  • Learning topics include conflict resolution, public speaking, LGBTQ+ history, sexual health, boundary-setting - and many more!

Questions about UAY Pride Programs?

We will follow up within two weeks of your submission.

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