Connections Youth Group
Connections, OutFront Kalamazoo’s youth group, helps young people, ages 13 to 18, who are trying to come to terms with their sexuality in a sometimes unaccepting society.
Friendship, acceptance, and access to accurate information and potential resources can be of immense help to a young person. We seek to provide such help through information, referral, sharing, and regular get-togethers. Connections meetings are an opportunity to meet and share with other gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, or allied teens in a safe environment. We strive to provide activities which meet the needs and interests of everyone involved in the group.
- A place to have fun and meet people
- A place where your individuality and suggestions are respected
- An environment where you can feel safe and can discuss anything in confidence
- A place for support, education, social activities and outreach
Our facilitators are trained adults who provide a safe, supportive environment where young people can come together to learn and share in an atmosphere of acceptance. They are people who have been in the same place as you. All facilitators are LGBTQ or allied adults who are over the age of 25 and have been subject to a Michigan background check. If you would like to volunteer as a facilitator, please contact OutFront Kalamazoo at (269) 349-4234.
Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm at our offices at OutFront Kalamazoo, except for field trip weeks.
The mentorship program pairs an LGBTQ adult and an ally adult with an ally or LGBTQ youth. The goal of the mentorship is to provide these youth with mentorship and career guidance and advice. The mentors and mentees meet on their own once a month, and quarterly with all parties in the program. For more information on the mentorship program, please email [email protected].
Youth Resource Directory
Suicide Resource Guide
Bestcolleges.com has a guide to understanding suicide prevention. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
8704 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 200
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Main Office Phone Number: 310.271.8845
The Trevor Life Line: (24 hour trained counselors, providing free and confidential support) 866.488.7386
It Gets Better Project
While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.
It Gets Better Project
8315 Beverly Blvd., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Youth Ambassadors and Kalamaqueer
The Youth Ambassadors are the KGLRC’s youth leaders. Consisting of four youth from the Kalamazoo area, the Youth Ambassadors put together events for youth and act as advisers for youth programming. The main project for the Youth Ambassadors is Kalamaqueer, a podcast / multimedia blog for LGBT youth. Click the links below to check out Kalamaqueer!