Founded in 1997, Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet envisions a world that embraces, empowers, and celebrates LGBTQQ+ youth. Outlet officially became a program of ACS in 2013.
Outlet is youth-centered, respecting all individuals and honoring their differences. Outlet program staff provide a safe environment that is confidential, inclusive, and non-judgmental. Striving for social justice and engaging youth in achieving freedom, fairness, and equality for all are the core elements of the program. Outlet services support the emotional, physical, and social development of youth as whole individuals.
THE FOLLOWING SERVICES ARE PROVIDED THROUGH OUTLET:
Outlet groups are free, drop-in, confidential and meet year-round (unless otherwise specified):
YOUTH GROUPS - AGES 10 TO 18
*Monday Night Group & San Mateo Group*
These are peer support groups for LGBTQQ youth ages 10-18. Groups are safe and confidential spaces to share experiences and build positive relationships in a welcoming environment. These groups are English speaking. Held in Mountain View, Redwood City, and San Mateo.
YOUNG ADULT GROUPS - AGES 18 TO 25
*Grown Folks & Grown Folks - San Mateo*
These are peer support groups for LGBTQQ young adults ages 18-25. Groups are safe and confidential spaces to find community and support. Geared toward young adults who are out of high school, in college, or are transitioning into work and gaining more independence. These groups are English speaking. Held in Mountain View and Redwood City.
LGBTQ+ YOUTH HANGOUT - AGES 10 TO 25
This drop-in space is open to all LGBTQQ youth and allies ages 10-25. This is a safe and confidential place to hang out, find community, explore resources, read books, play games, and eat snacks. This space is English speaking. Held in Redwood City.
TRANS* GROUP - AGES 10 TO 18
A peer support group for youth ages 10-18 who identify as part of the transgender community, or who want to explore their gender identity. Group is a safe and confidential space to share experiences and build positive relationships in a welcoming environment. This group is English speaking. Held in Redwood City.
Trans-Femme Youth - Ages 14-25
*8 Week Pilot Program*
A peer support group for youth ages 14-25 who identify as part of the trans-femme community, or who are questioning a trans-femme identity. Group is a safe and confidential space to share experiences and build positive relationships in a welcoming environment.This group is English speaking. Held in Mountain View.
DE AMBIENTE - GRUPO EN ESPAÑOL - AGES 10 TO 25
* This group is postponed until further notice *
De Ambiente is a community space for bilingual Spanish-speaking LGBTQQ youth. De Ambiente provides an opportunity for building community, health education, leadership development, and social events.
Consultation and Resource Referrals
Outlet often works closely with families and schools to build safer living and learning environments. Our staff has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in providing consultations and referrals to other resources to help families and schools in empowering LGBTQQ youth.
Outlet offers individual counseling for LGBTQQ youth after school hours on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Contact our Dr. Sarah Burdge, Clinical Director, for more info.
Outlet also provides free support to GSA Clubs on school campuses. If you’re interested in starting your own GSA Club or want support at your campus, please contact Ben Liddie, Outlet Program Coordinator, for more info.
UNIQUE Workshops: Understanding Issues in the Queer Experience
These workshops can be tailored to the amount of time you have available and cover a variety of topics that target different types of audiences. Topics include:
- LGBTQQ 101
- California laws that protect LGBTQQ youth
- Speaker’s bureau with youth panels
- Transgender education with gender education speakers
To get more information or schedule a training/workshop, contact:
Outlet Program Office | 650-424-0852 x107
Comprehensive + Affordable
All Outlet groups, consultations, and resource referrals are offered free of charge to the community. Education workshops are $500 each, but sliding scale fees are available based on the ability to pay.