The Q Center Northern New York is a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, their families and allies to gather. Q Center programming seeks to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and create a safer, more accepting and inclusive community for all.
The Q Center offers:
Drop in time includes opportunities for tutoring, college counseling, meeting with our Case Manager, the Eddie Future Greatness Award, which provides four monetary awards a year to college bound Q members, and access to computers.
We offer weekly and biweekly support groups, such as LGBTQ Youth & Allies (ages 13-17), LGBTQ Young Adults (ages 23-29), TransYouth, and TransParent, to name a few.
Case Management services are available for LGBTQ youth who need assistance with housing, advocacy, medical care, mental health services, transportation, identity documents, and other issues.
Outreach & Education:
Cultural Competency/LGBTQ Sensitivity trainings for agencies and organizations are available free of charge. Additionally, we offer support to local Gay-Straight Alliances in schools.
Annual Pride Prom, Q Pride Celebration, trip to Albany, NY to lobby legislators, and several more. These events provide semi-structured socialization time, for youth to connect and realize they are not alone.
The Q Center Northern New York is funded in part by the NYS Department of Health and the United Way of Northern New York, Inc.
Volunteers are an integral part of Q Center operations - mentoring, teaching, and chaperoning at social events.
To become a volunteer, fill out our application.
The Q Center is supported by the Youth Bureau of Jefferson County and United Way of Northern New York, United Way of Centran New York, and the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica.
Q Center Support Group Times
Watertown LGBTQ youth and allies (13-20), every Tuesday, drop in from 3:00-5:00 p.m.; group 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Lowville LGBTQ youth and allies (13-20), every Wednesday, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Watertown TransYouth and TransParent groups, second Monday (typically) of each month, 5:00-6:30 p.m. March and April are on different Mondays based on availability.
Groups are subject to being cancelled for weather, please email QCenterNNY@acrhealth.org for more information.
For support group location information, email.