P.O. Box 4959 * Fresno, CA 93744 * (559) 266-LINK email@example.com
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 - September 20, 2013
As the month of September began, most of our youth who attend school had already returned to class. A few of our youth departed Fresno recently in order to attend college in other cities. Those bright lights will be missed.
Our youth who attend local high schools have reported that they are settling into their classes and looking forward to getting involved in the Gay/Straight Alliance on their campus. Of course, many of our youth continue to utilize charter schools and home schooling in order to avoid the harassment they've experienced in regular school settings.
During one of our Youth Alliance meetings this month, our group leader, Rachel, asked us to discuss how comfortable we feel meeting new people. It was interesting to hear so many people admit that they have trouble meeting new people. Most of us agreed that we don't mind meeting new people in groups, such as in school or at the Youth Alliance meeting, but most of us admitted that we become shy when we try to engage individually with someone else - especially if we are interested in that someone as a potential date! It looks like we need to continue working on self-esteem in our group!
This past week, Rachel asked us to write down a secret on a card so that we could send them off to a gentleman who has published several books on the subject of secrets. We've done this task before, and it seems to be a good way to stimulate conversation in the group. We didn't actually get a lot of cards to send off, but as always, the subject of secrets was a good conversation starter. Although it's never come up before, this week we discovered that a lot of us have phobias about bugs, such as spiders, June beetles, grasshoppers, and crickets!
As the month of September wanes, we should start looking at our plans for the coming month. October is the month of the Big Fresno Fair, and some of us plan to attend the fair together. We also need to start talking about our annual Halloween party. October wouldn't be October without a Halloween party!
The last Friday of the month is always scheduled for our monthly potluck! Last month, a couple of our adult supporters, Pete and Steve, who are members of the Big Red Church, provided a complete dinner for our youth. In the past, Pete and Steve have barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs for the youth. This year, Pete and Steve made pulled pork sandwiches, a green salad, homemade macaroni and cheese, grilled vegetables, and dessert! Yum! We ate until we exploded! We are so thankful to Pete and Steve for their continued support of our Youth Alliance! We will never be able to top their spread!
As always, the Fresno Youth Alliance meets on Friday nights at 7:00 PM in the Fireside Room of the First Congregational Church (The Big Red Church) at 2131 N. Van Ness, in Fresno. We welcome any and all LGBTQ youth and their friends, aged 14-25, to join us on Friday nights!
Fridays 7p Youth Alliance meet
See some of our history!