Weekly Drop-In

What: drop-in is a place for youth ages 14-21 to meet other youth, talk, plan events, play games, watch movies, get information on HIV prevention, and much more!
Who: all lgbt friendly youth ages 14-21 are welcome at drop-in including straight allies. Each drop-in is also attended by two adult volunteer advisors who over-see and facilitated each meeting.
When: drop-in is held every Friday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.
Where: drop-in is held at the First Universalist Church of Auburn. This space is a safe space at all times for glbtq youth and their straight allies. The Outright/ L-A library is also housed here. We are located on the corner of Elm, Pleasant and Spring streets in Auburn. Parking is across from the Dairy Joy. Signs at the main entrance of the church have directions to the drop-in room.

Ground Rules:
• Respect Confidentiality
• Feelings are 100% Okay
• Use ‘I’ Statements
• Respect Boundaries
• Respect Relationships
• Respect Silence
• Respect Diversity
• No Judgments, Blame, Shame or Guilt
• No Violence, Alcohol or Drugs

Youth Advisory Board: For youth 14-21 who want to steer the direction of
Outright, and be leaders! Outright L/A intends to be for youth and by
youth to make sure LGTBQA+ young people are thriving in the
Lewiston/Auburn area. We meet every first Friday of the month at the UU
Church in Auburn right before drop in, at 5:00. We have pizza and
snacks, and youth can get $10 gift cards to places of their choice for
attending meetings.

 

IT'S OK TO BE ME
At It's Ok To Be Me Youth can participate in planned activities & play in a safe space surrounded by peers, while parents will meet together and share experiences and resources as well as a weekly focus group. All families must be screened prior to joining. If you would like to attend Please .

SUPPORT GROUP FOR TRANSGENDER, GENDER CREATIVE, & GENDER NON-CONFORMING
Outright L/A is hosting a support Group for Transgender, Gender Creative, and Gender Non-Conforming Youth and their Parents! Meetings are held on the first monday of the month at a location to be determined and released following email contact. Following meetings will be held on the First Monday of the month on a monthly basis. Only admins will be able to post on the wall. We have also left the guest list hidden for confidentiality purposes. We want to keep the space safe so we will only let folks know the location following email contact. If you have questions please email the email address below or PM Outright LA's Facebook page.


Community Outreach
Outright/ Lewiston-Auburn's outreach project started in 2000 as the Out in the Community speaker's bureau. Today our community outreach programs are available for schools, educators, youth serving agencies and others who are interested in helping to provide safer spaces for lgbtq youth. If you are interested in one of our Community Outreach programs or trainings, please !

Diversity Days
Outright/ L-A provides outreach to diversity days at schools such as Edward Little in Auburn, Lewiston High, Telestar in Bethel, and Dirigo in Dixfield.

Creating Safety for LGBTQ Youth Trainings
As part of our community outreach we provide trainings designed to increase awareness and sensitivity among educators and staff at schools, youth serving agencies and community groups. We often collaborate with New Beginnings Agency for Homeless and At-Risk Youth.

Intersecting Oppressions Workshops
This workshop was developed by youth and young adults at Outright L/A to address the multiple forms of oppression young GLBTQA people face and the connections between racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism and other forms of oppression. This interactive two hour workshop gets youth talking about what oppression is, how privilege works, what it means to have power, and where stereotypes come from.

OUTRIGHT Q+A
Outright LA is thrilled to offer Queers +Allies (Q+A), an exciting, youth-driven, and educational program where LGBTQQAI+ identifying students and straight allies can work together to create a positive, fun space. Q+A will create the opportunity for an open and relaxed atmosphere where you can share in self-expression, exploration, support, and advocacy for political and social change. We will have awesome games, art projects, guest speakers, field trips and more!

Q+A is open to youth ages 13-18 (including recently graduated seniors) and meets 3-5 pm in the Auburn Public Library on Mondays and from 3-5 in the Lewiston Public Library on Wednesdays. Stay tuned for a complete calendar of all activities.

Outright L/A Maine Youth Summit
will be held at USM Lewiston Auburn College on Saturday November 14, 2015!
The Maine Youth Summit is an all day Youth and Adult collaborative program of workshops, presentations, and fun relating to LGBTQ youth topics, such as gender expression and identity, safer sex, harm reduction, suicide prevention, consent, HIV and STD testing and prevention and much much more!

 

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