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 - AGES 10 TO 18
These are peer support groups where youth have a chance to share and listen to personal stories in a safe and welcoming space. These groups are English speaking and held in Mountain View, San Mateo, and Redwood City (See calendar for details).
TRANS* YOUTH - AGES 10 TO 18
This is a peer support group for youth who identify anywhere on the trans*gender spectrum, or who want to explore their gender identity. This group is English speaking and held in our Redwood City office.
YOUNG ADULTS - AGES 18 TO 25
This group is a space that allows for safe and confidential support around Queer issues. This group is 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 and held in Mountain View at the CHAC headquarters.
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.
LGBTQ+ YOUTH HANGOUT - AGES 10 TO 18
The Youth Hangout is a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to gather to talk, play games, make new friends and most importantly – be free to express themselves! This is held at our Redwood City office.
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 Anthony Ross, Outlet Program 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
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.