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:


** Remember our Outlet youth drop-in hours! **

When: Every Tuesday, 4:00-7:00 pm

Where: Outlet’s new headquarters: 643 Bair Island Road, Suite 301, Redwood City, CA 94063

Youth drop-in time 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!

Outlet groups are free, drop-in, confidential and meet year-round (unless otherwise specified):

*Note* Outlet Drop In hours and groups will not be held December 26, 2016 – January 2, 2017

De Ambiente (Spanish speaking) - Ages 10 to 25

De Ambiente is a community space for bilingual Spanish-speaking LGBTQQ youth, ages 10-25 years old. Shockingly, De Ambiente is the only Spanish speaking support group for LGBT Latino youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. De Ambiente provides an opportunity for building community, health education, leadership development, and social events. Each year De Ambiente holds a weekend retreat with the purpose of strengthening personal bonds and developing new relationships by sharing and learning from each other. At this retreat, we work together, we eat together, and we have fun together!

For more info contact Spanish Language & Education Coordinator, Ruben Gil-Herrera
De Ambiente - grupo en español

De Ambiente - grupo en español

When: 2nd & 4th Friday, 6:00-9:00 PM

Where: MOUNTAIN VIEW (CHAC, 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040)

De Ambiente II - grupo en español

De Ambiente II - grupo en español

* This group is postponed until further notice *


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. LGBTQQ youth ages 10-18 are welcome. These groups are English speaking.

For more info, contact Outlet Program Coordinator, Gilbert Gammad
Monday Night Group

Monday Night Group

When: Every Monday, 6:00-7:30 PM

Where: MOUNTAIN VIEW (CHAC, 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94041)

San Mateo Group

San Mateo Group

When: 2nd & 4th Thursday, 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: SAN MATEO (Junior Gym, 811 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401)


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. Youth ages 10-18 are welcome. This group is English speaking.

For more info, contact Outlet Program Coordinator, Gilbert Gammad
Trans* Group

Trans* Group

When: Every other Wednesday, see calendar to the right

Where: REDWOOD CITY (ACS Offices, 643 Bair Island Rd., Suite 301, Redwood City, CA 94063)


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. LGBTQQ young adults ages 18-25 are welcome. These groups are English speaking.

For more info, contact Outlet Program Coordinator, Gilbert Gammad
Grown Folks

Grown Folks

When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday from 6:00-7:30 PM

Where: MOUNTAIN VIEW (CHAC, 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94041)


On-Campus Groups

In conjunction with ACS’ On-Campus Counseling Program, Outlet is present at Gunn High School (PAUSD), Palo Alto High School (PAUSD), and Woodside High School (SUHSD).  These groups are for youth who identify as LGBT or whom might also be Questioning.  The groups are strictly confidential.  If you are interested, contact Kin at Gunn, Christine at Paly, or Charlotte at Woodside for more information.

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 also provides free support to GSA Clubs on school campuses and 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.


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:
Anthony Ross, Outlet Program Director or Ruben Gil-Herrera, Spanish Language and Education Coordinator  |   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.

What Clients Say


“Outlet is a place where I feel accepted, safe and happy!”
“I feel like I can be myself here and it is really fun!”
“If we didn’t have people like you here, our lives would not be this great.”


“In my 9 1/2 years of full-time teaching, your presentations were the most valuable and the most significant for our students.” -West Valley College Instructor, UNIQUE Workshop attendee

YMCA Recognizes Outlet!

One March 24, 2016, the Outlet Program received the Positive Cultural Identity Award for its community programs.  A big thank you to the YMCA and Project Cornerstone for honoring Outlet and its mission to create inclusive environments everywhere.