Youth Drop In Center

“Love is a human experience not a political statement.”

Program Philosophy

The ACQC LGBTQ Youth Drop-In Center strives to serve the 1,600 LGBTQ youth who are homeless or at-risk in New York City. The goal of the drop-in center is to provide a safe and nurturing space for youth ages 13-24 to go during the day where they can socialize with their peers, prepare for jobs and higher education, receive sexual health materials, counseling, and learn to become n advocate, while reducing the chance of remaining homeless or becoming homeless. We aim to provide a helping hand that will guide one’s path to an overall well-being.

Who we serve?

  • Youth 13-24
  • Walk-Ins
  • Referals
  • Appointments

Referral Services:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Shelters
  • Immigration and Legal Services
  • Healthcare
  • Housing

Education:

  • Connect young individuals to transfer schools and TASC programs
  • Workshops to help prepare for college:
    • How to apple for college
    • File FAFSA
    • Tutoring sessions

Job Readiness:

  • Connect youth to internships and job fair
  • Workshops:
    • How to create a resume
    • How to apply to jobs
    • Interview preparations
    • Professionalism

Supportive Services:

  • Case Management
  • Individual Counseling Sessions (family, relationships, school)
  • Group Recreational Activities
  • Shower Facilities
  • Hot Food/Snacks
  • Computer Lab
  • Metro Cards as needed
  • Condom Distribution

Health Services:

  • HIV Testing
  • Hepatitis C Testing
  • Mental Health
  • PrEP / PEP

Creative Expression Workshops:

  • Open-Mic
  • Performing Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Painting
  • Gaming Systems

Program Contact:

62-07 Woodside Avenue, 1st Floor,
Woodside, NY 11377

Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm

Phone Number: (718) 472-9400 EXT: 5738

Fax: (718) 459-6578

Program Supervisor: Catherin Casado

Email: [email protected]

“All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.” –¬†Harvey Milk