PERSAD CENTER is committed to assisting LGBTQ youth in becoming healthy and happy adults. We believe that when supported by affirming adults, LGBTQ youth identify their gender and sexual orientation, form their identities, and are able to make positive choices for themselves. We recognize, however, that discrimination often exists within schools, faith communities, and families, which can present barriers to youth finding their identity, and can produce stress and tensions that are hard to manage.
PERSAD Center provides services to prevent and respond to the negative outcomes that can occur when affirming support is not present. We also work with families and other allies to help them provide support for these youth.
Our Youth Program services include:
Safe Spaces – Suicide Prevention
PERSAD'S Safe Spaces program engages youth in creating their own outreach projects to help reduce the incidence of suicide and depression among their peers.
An educational outreach effort to reduce teen suicides, the program teaches leadership and intervention skills, and helps youth to become aware of the signs of suicide and what to do when they see them. The program also works to identify safe spaces in the community for LGBTQ youth by providing training and support to agencies and groups that want to be safe space for youth.
The Drop is a place for young adults, 14-21, to hang out and meet other queer youth like themselves, do an art project, learn new coping skills, read a book, learn more about community resources, get support creating a resume, finding a job and more!
This program is free of charge and folks can come anytime after 3pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. For more information, please contact Lyndsey Sicker at email@example.com or 412-441-9786 ext. 220.
Street Smart is a 10-session group for youth to discuss and learn how to keep themselves safe and to deal with the pressures of being asked to use drugs, alcohol or be involved in unsafe sex acts. Street Smart provides the information and tools to stay safe and make informed choices.
A proven effective intervention for youth by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), Street Smart is offered at PERSAD Center. The program is also offered to groups at off site locations. If you have a group of youth who could benefit from this program, contact Lyndsey Sickler at 412-441-9786 ext. 220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.