P.O. Box 4959 * Fresno, CA 93744 * (559) 266-LINK firstname.lastname@example.org
FRESNO GLBTQ YOUTH ALLIANCE
A group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and
A program of Community Link, Inc. - a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization
Contact person: Jeffery Robinson - (559) 486-3464
Statement of Purpose:
The Fresno Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth Alliance was created to offer
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth a safe
and substance free environment where they can be themselves, express
their concerns and discuss issues of importance that affect their
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgendered and Questioning community is a vast rainbow of
diversity. The Fresno Youth Alliance welcomes and celebrates that
diversity. Our members are teens and young adults of all colors,
differently challenged, from various religious faiths and backgrounds,
and have a wide variety of interests. We encourage and invite any and
all interested youth to come to our meetings.
Where & When:
We meet every Friday Evening at 7 - 8:30pm at the
First Congregational Church of Fresno
("Big Red Church") at 2131 N. Van
See map. (the link opens an outside window)
The group offers a comfortable space, almost like a living-room, and
time to focus on family, relationships, friends, school, work, and to
share concerns and achievements.
The group provides an opportunity for
one-on-one discussions with other young people who share your sexual
and affectional orientation who can help you work through difficult
times by listening and sharing their own experiences.
The group has access to trained professionals for workshops, lectures, and discussions. We also co-sponsor along with Gay-Straight Alliance Network the annual Expression Not Suppression conference.
The group allows you an opportunity to advocate and lobby other local, state, and national governmental bodies and community organizations regarding issues which effect and affect younger Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning individuals.
Networking & Interacting:
The group networks with other Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual youth groups in the state, along with student groups on the college and high school campuses. It allows for interaction with the larger Gay and Lesbian community through participation with other groups’ events and community activities.
The Youth Alliance organizes parties, trips, movies nights, and dances especially for younger people like ourselves.
Our Original Events:
Each year the group sponsors the Lavender Prom and co-sponsors the ENS conference. In the past, we'd also hold the Double Prince and Princess Pageant, our annual Youth Group Reunion, annual Halloween and Christmas party, Beach Blanket Beauties, and the Pink Flamingos Fundraiser.
The Youth Alliance is under the direction of, and is facilitated by Jeff Robinson, who has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and who has been working with adolescents and young adults since 1996.
Updates - January 17, 2014
The Polar vortex couldn't keep our Youth Group from meeting on Friday nights for the past month! Hearty youth braved the freezing elements in order to meet up for our weekly Youth Group! Thank the Goddess that we have a toasty warm meeting room at the Big Red Church!
Our Christmas potluck, held on December 27, was a lot of fun for everyone! Not only did we have a great turnout and a lot of great food, but our annual White Elephant gift exchange was hilarious fun! The youth brought inexpensive wrapped gifts and took numbers in order to get a turn at picking a gift. The fun came when people could steal each other's gifts! We even had to stay late in order to clean up because we lost track of time!
The Friday after New Year's Day, we talked about our New Year's resolutions. Some of the group was willing to look at future goals with the idea that nothing happens without planning ahead. Some of our youth reported that they didn't believe in planning ahead - that they like to just let things happen as they might. Regardless of each person's beliefs, we had a fun discussion and everyone went home feeling like they were free to express their own feelings.
In a recent Youth Group meeting, Jeffery, our fearless leader, directed our group in a discussion on the subject of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Jeffery informed us that a youth who had attended a few of our group meetings in the past was recently hospitalized after attempting suicide. The purpose of our discussion was to help each of us form a plan in order to avoid the possibility that we might consider suicide in the future. It was a frank discussion, and several of the youth were noticeably anxious about the subject, but it was a topic that was necessary to discuss. We all agreed that the best thing to do when a young person is feeling vulnerable or suicidal is to talk to a reliable adult, whether it is a parent, a trusted family member, or one of the adults in the Youth Group. We believe that nobody should ever feel alone once they have attended our group!
As always, the last Friday of the month is saved for our Youth Alliance potluck! Everybody brings something to eat and we all munch and chat! Our next potluck will be held on January 31 - which is coming up soon! We hope to see everyone at the potluck! It's great fun!!
The GLBTQ Youth Alliance meets on Friday nights at 7 PM in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church (The Big Red Church), located at 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd, in Fresno. We welcome any and all GLBTQ youth and their friends, aged 14-25, to join us on Friday nights!
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Fridays 7p Youth Alliance meet
See some of our history!