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 - 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!
Fridays 7p Youth Alliance meet
no meeting Fridays after Thanksgiving or Christmas 2014
See some of our history!