Coffeehouse is Pride for Youth’s longest-running program, providing a safe and substance-free environment where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/ queer (LGBTQ) youth and allies can come together every Friday night from 4:30pm to 11:30pm to make friends and have fun. At Coffeehouse, LGBTQ youth and allies have the life-changing opportunity to receive support from peers and adults who understand what it’s like to grow up LGBTQ. Each Friday there is a different activity, ranging from guest speakers and performers to drag nights and talent shows. Coffeehouse is strictly a youth-only space, open to youth ages 13 to 20. No person over 20 years old who is not staff is permitted in the Coffeehouse space during programming to respect confidentiality. There is always a professional counselor available for drop-in counseling, which is free and confidential. There is free and confidential HIV testing available every Friday night, and Planned Parenthood provides STI/STD testing on the third Friday of each month.

If you are new to Coffeehouse, you MUST go through a brief orientation called “New Person Orientation Program” (NPOP) to familiarize you with Pride for Youth and its staff. NPOP is offered every Friday beginning at 8pm, so please arrive a little beforehand on your first night.

When: Every Friday from 4:30-11:30pm
Contact: Maria Demauro – (516) 679-9000 ext. 16 or mdemauro@longislandcrisiscenter.org

 

LUSH

LUSH is Pride for Youth’s Sexual Health program designed to empower youth with education about their health and behaviors. Feel free to ask any question on your mind in a safe, open forum with peers and staff alike! LUSH runs on the first and third Friday of each month during Coffeehouse from 7:30pm to 8:00pm. It is open to girls and individuals assigned female at birth ages 13 to 20.

When: First and third Friday of each month at 7:30pm during Coffeehouse
Contact: Maria Demauro 516-679-9000 ext. 16 or mdemauro@longislandcrisiscenter.org