Center for Human Development

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Center for Human Development's Empowerment Program provides non-clinical group support to LGBTQ+ youth, ages 12-20, in the highly diverse and underserved area of East Contra Costa County. We are the only community based program in this area focused on providing LGBTQ+ adolescents with critically needed support and linkage to culturally responsive resources. Empowerment's staff work continuously to develop safe, confidential environments where youth can express themselves authentically, learn about the LGBTQ+ community, and develop important skills for social and emotional wellness and lifelong resilience.

Responding to a series of LGBTQ+ youth suicides in our area, our Empowerment Program made suicide prevention and connection to culturally responsive mental health services a primary focus of our programming. Since making this shift, we are proud to be able to report not a single Empowerment Program participant has been lost to suicide in more than 10 years.

Every dollar donated to Center for Human Development's Empowerment Program during #GivingOUTday will go directly toward meeting increasing requests for support to LGBTQ+ youth in East Contra Costa County. Thank you, on behalf of Center for Human Development and the LGBTQ+ youth we serve.

Youth Testimonials:

"If I didn't have Empowerment I'm not sure who or where I would be today. This program had helped me more than I can say." ~JP

"It's pretty chill, and is a good resource for any LGBTQIA+ in the area." ~ LJ

"It's very cool. I've met some very colorful people (pun intended) and I've met people with similar situations as mine. It's helped me feel less estranged."  ~NH

"Empowerment is a community and you should support members of your community regardless." ~JG

"My experience in Empowerment was overall an amazing experience. The people I have met throughout two, or more years were really nice. I also loved at least a memory of going to lgbtq+ prom. Lots of memories." ~RS

"It's a break from reality for me, so that's fun." ~JC

"It's fun and you could make more friends and learn more." MF

"I would like to say that I feel more happy meeting/knowing more things and people." ~MH

" I would like others to know that it's fun being in an environment where you're surrounded by people who are like you." ~MRM

"My experience in Empowerment has been positive and encouraging." ~EI

"My experience was really good and I would 100% do it again. It's a good way to talk about things, find allies, become one and more. Will be joining next year." ~VR

"It was good and I learned valuable information." ~MJ

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901 Sunvalley Blvd., Suite 220
Concord, CA 94520



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