Youth

Empower. Validate. Support.

The New Haven Pride Center is excited to offer LGBTQ+ youth-focused programming, activities, and support services throughout the year. In June 2019, the Center welcomed Ala Ochumare to our team with the goal of enhancing and increasing our LGBTQ+ focused offerings.

The New Haven Pride Center’s LGBTQ+ Youth Programming focusing on three distinct populations of youth – Children 13 and under, Youth 14 – 17/18, and Youth 18 – 25.

Meet the Youth
Programming Team

Ala Ochumare
Ala Ochumare (she/her)
Manager of LGBTQ+ Youth Programming

Summer Youth Programs

The New Haven Pride Center’s summer youth programs are a chance for LGBTQ+ youth to develop their writing, art, and leadership skills; explore and embrace their identities and the complex intersections between them; and develop their collective power to contribute positively to their classrooms and communities. Under the guidance of local artists, organizers, and thought leaders, LGBTQ+ youth work closely with their peers to develop their talents, grow their confidence, and engage with the issues affecting them and their communities.

All Summer Youth Programs are completely FREE to participate in thanks to the commitment of our sponsors and funders. While these programs are completely free of charge, there is limited capacity for all of them so make sure you register in advance.

Black & Brown Queer Camp

June 24 – July 1
For ages 14 – 24, Space for 30 participants

Black & Brown Queer Camp is a week-long summer day camp for black and brown LGBTQ+ youth ages 14 – 24. The 8-day camp includes educational workshops, art classes, community conversations, and field trips that foster interaction and collaboration between youth living at the intersection of BIPOC and queer identities. Workshops and activities are designed to celebrate the artistic, historic, and cultural aspects of queer BIPOC identities and empower youth to make a positive impact on their community through community advocacy and organizing.

Peer-to-Peer Leadership Academy

July 11 – August 15
For high school students, Space for 15 participants

The Peer-to-Peer Leadership Academy is a five-week program for LGBTQ+ youth. Through the guidance and example of local community leaders and in partnership with local schools, students learn valuable leadership and peer-support skills to better advocate for themselves and their peers. This program aims to develop LGBTQ+ youth leaders within the community, strengthen relationships between local Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and improve the school climate for LGBTQ+ youth.

Peet-to-Peer Leadership Academy meets weekly on Mondays from 11:00a – 2:00p for 6 weeks. 

Register for the Academy
Art & Writing Intensives

July 19 – August 9 (Writing), July 21 – August 11 (Art)
For ages 14 – 24, Space for 15 participants

This summer, we are offering two 4-week intensive programs that foster creative space for LGBTQ+ youth to hone their writing and artistic skills. The program will include instruction by working creators as well as peer critique and conversation. Each participant will be equipped with essential arts and writing supplies so their creative journey can continue well into the future.

The Art & Writing Intensives meets weekly on Tuesdays (Writing) and Thursdays (Art) from 11:00a – 2:00p for 4 weeks. 

Register for an Intensive

LGBTQ+ Youth Affinity Groups

Youth Art Space

Youth Art Space is a social group for young artists ranging from beginner to expert working in a variety of media to share creative works and solicit feedback, as well as discuss queer art and center the works and experiences of BIPOC queer artists. To register to be part of the group, fill out this form.

Youth Safe Space

Join us in one of our three LGBTQ+ Youth-centered spaces! Youth Safe Space is designed for LGBTQ+ youth 13 and under. This space is for conversations, connection-building, and safe space to explore concerns of our Communities, Schools, and physical and emotional well-being.

Youth Safe Space meets every Thursday at 4pm on Zoom.

Click here to register.

Teen Safe Space

Join us in one of our three LGBTQ+ Youth-centered spaces! Teen Safe Space is designed for LGBTQ+ youth between 14 and 17. This space is for conversations, connection-building, and safe space to explore concerns of our Communities, Schools, and physical and emotional well-being.

Teen Safe Space meets Thursdays at 6pm on Zoom.

Click here to register.

Young Adult Safe Space

Join us in one of our three LGBTQ+ Youth-centered spaces! Young Adult Safe Space is designed for LGBTQ+ youth between 18 and 24. This space is for conversations, connection-building, and safe space to explore concerns of our Communities, Schools, and physical and emotional well-being.

Young Adult Safe Space meets every other Monday at 6pm on Zoom.

Click here to register.

LGBTQ+ Parent Support Group

This group is for LGBTQ+ caregivers and parents who are looking for community and to mingle with other parents and caregivers who care for LGBTQ+ youth. This space is for sharing information about LGBTQ+ youth, resources for parents/caregivers, and how to better support LGBTQ+ youth. This meeting meets bi-monthly. To register to be part of the group, fill out this form.

LGBTQ+ Youth Programming Details

New Haven Pride Center Scholarship Fund

The New Haven Pride Center is proud to offer multiple scholarship opportunities to foster the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders in Connecticut and beyond.

Originally established as a single scholarship in 2011, the Center’s scholarship funds have grown vastly over the past decade to include additional awards and scholarships intended to support special areas of studies and inequity for minorities within the larger LGBTQ+ community. The Center’s scholarship fund includes four distinct awards : David Knapp Scholarship, Rosa Nilvo O’Connell Memorial Scholarship, Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood Scholarship and the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut Memorial Scholarship.

The 2021-22 scholarship application launched on February 1, 2021. Click here to start your application and read more about our different scholarship awards. Read more about our 2020-21 scholarship recipients here