COMMUNITY LINK

 


 

Community Resources for GLBTQ Youth

All phone numbers are in 559 area code unless otherwise noted

Community Link, Inc.
266-5465
PFLAG -Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
434-6540

HOTLINES:
GLBTNational Youth Talk Line
800 246-PRIDE (7743)
youth@glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org
Mon - Fri 1pm-9pm, Sat 9am-2pm Pacific

The Trevor Project Lifeline
Suicide Prevention 866 488-7386
www.TheTrevorProject

TEMPORARY HOUSING:
The Sanctuary Youth Shelter for males and females 11 to 17 years of age who are homeless, runaways, or have been kicked out of their homes.
498-8543 or 1-800-820-4968
YWCA’s Marjaree Manson Center for women of all ages who have experienced family violence.
233-4357

HIV/AIDS:
The Living Room
485-3667
Planned Parenthood - HIV anonymous testing site
488-4900

OTHER YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS:
GSA - Gay-Straight Alliance Network
442-4777 Website
United Student Pride at CSUFresno
278-4435 Website
Diversity Club at Fresno City College - e-mail

 

 

 

 

 

 


P.O. Box 4959 * Fresno, CA 93744 * (559) 266-LINK info@communitylinkfresno.com

 FRESNO GLBTQ YOUTH ALLIANCE

A group for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Youth
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 lives.
 


 

Who’s involved:

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 Ness Blvd. See map. (the link opens an outside window)

 

Support/Rap:

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.

Peer Counseling:

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.

Educational Programs:

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.

Advocacy:

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.

Social 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.

Directed by:

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 - November 21, 2014

On Friday, October 31, 2014, the GLBTQ Youth Alliance held its annual Halloween party at the Big Red Church. Wasn't it spooky how Halloween fell on a Friday? The youth arrived in costume and even remembered to bring food! The potluck was a success! JoJo supplied us with cheesy Halloween music from his phone, and everyone talked up a storm. And speaking of storms, it started to rain during the event, and everyone went outside to see the rain, as if they had never seen rain before! It's funny what drought conditions do to people!

Juan set up the green screen for pictures, and everyone knew just what to do! They stood in groups, and sometimes individually, to have their pictures taken in front of the green screen! We can't wait to see the pictures! Everyone had a great time hamming it up in front of the green screen! Our group leader, Rachel, also took some pictures of people as we ate and talked. Let's just say that there should be plenty of pictures from this event! Maybe some of the photos will even be published in the News Link! It could happen!

At one of our recent Youth Alliance meetings, attendance was rather small, so Jeffery asked the youth to break up into groups of two and interview each other. He asked each couple to introduce each other to the larger group. Young people actually took notes as they interviewed each other in order to be sure they got their information right! It was priceless to see them so focused on getting their facts straight! It was a great experience for everyone! We also spent some time recently talking about bullying. This is a topic we discuss from time to time because of its relevance to the group. We have all experienced bullying at some time in our life. It really helps everyone to discuss bullying and how we can respond when bullying occurs, because unfortunately, it's a situation that's going to continue to occur from time to time.

The last Friday evening of the month is set aside for our monthly potluck. Last month, as noted, the potluck fell on Halloween night. This month, however, the last Friday falls on the day after Thanksgiving, and the group has decided not to meet that night since most people have Thanksgiving plans. So we won't have a potluck until the month of December, and we've already scheduled our Christmas Party for Friday, December 19th, a week earlier than our normal Potluck night. The Youth Alliance won't meet the last Friday in December, the 26th, because it's the day after Christmas. That's a lot to remember, right? Youth Alliance members can always check in on Facebook for updated information! The Fresno GLBTQ 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 GLBTQ youth and their allies, aged 14-25, to join us on Friday nights! We have a Facebook page where youth can follow us! Just go to Fresno GLBTQ Youth Alliance and “like” us so that you can keep up with our fun!

 

Upcoming Events

Fridays 7p Youth Alliance meet

no meeting Fridays after Thanksgiving or Christmas 2014


 

Past Events

See some of our history!