Teens & Families

LGBTQ Youth Program

A program of the Diversity Center

(831) 425-5422 ext. 104

1117 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Through the Diversity Center's Youth Program, we offer support to:

  • Teens and families around questions of gender and same-sex attraction, tolerance and overcoming discrimination.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to encourage teens to become leaders of tolerance and acceptance.
  • Youth through our annual Queer Camp, and other fun activities where they can have fun, be themselves, learn leadership skills and meet friends.

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LGBT Youth Space

Counseling and resources for LGBT youth ages 13-25

452 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 343-7940

For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally youth and young adults ages 13-25, living in Santa Clara County
The Youth Space is a program of Family & Children Services.



Queer Youth Leadership Awards

(831) 427-4004

Since 1998 the Queer Youth Leadership Awards has been recognizing queer youth across Santa Cruz County for being leaders within their communities.  This annual gala event brings many intersecting identities together in celebration of queer youth, their allies, and all of their achievements. A program of the Queer Youth Task Force. Internships available.




Queer Youth Task Force

Santa Cruz County Task Force for LGBTIQ Youth

 (831) 427-4004

The Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County mission is to ensure a vibrant community where every youth thrives in their expression of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. We strive to improve the quality of life for all LGBTIQ youth in our community, as well as children raised in homes where LGBTIQ people live. Internships available.



The Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County

 (831) 427-4014

The Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County works to raise awareness of the atmosphere queer youth face on school campuses, and acts as a catalyst in each Santa Cruz County school district to make schools safer for all youth. Internships available.



SPIN=Special Parents Information Network

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."  --Helen Keller

(831) 722-2800

P.O. Box 2367
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

SPIN's mission is to help children with special needs achieve their full potential by empowering their families and the professionals who serve them through information, support and resources.





We are a community of parents and families supporting our transgender children and each other through shared experience and the process of understanding the issues.

(831) 251-7749



Trans* Teen Project of Santa Cruz County

 (831) 427-4004

The Trans* Teen Project’s website is a comprehensive compilation of local, regional and national resources and information for transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and gender questioning youth. The Trans* Teen Project provides resources to, mentors, and advocates for middle and high school transgender students who face challenges in their schools, homes, and communities. A program of the Queer Youth Task Force.