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Youth Group Spotlight: Rainbow Youth Niagara’s Rainbow Squads

This month we’re featuring “Rainbow Youth Niagara’s Rainbow Squads” in our Youth Group Spotlight! Thanks to Stephanie Vail, Program Director, for the info!

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When: St. Catharines – 3rd Thursday of every Month from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: St. Catharines Public Library in the Bankers Meeting Room

When: Niagara Falls – 4th Tuesday of every month starting October 26, 2010
Where: Niagara Falls Public Library – Victoria Avenue in the Conference Room

Check out http://niagarapride.ca/events.htm or ryn@niagarapride.ca for more details on group locations or Rainbow Youth’s program!

Rainbow Youth Niagara is a program that support sexually and gender diverse youth across the Niagara region, aged 14-24 years old. The program has been around since 1997, and actually started out by offering the Rainbow Squads!

The Rainbow Squad is a social and support group for LGBTQ youth aged 14-19 years. The squads are an opportunity for LGBTQ youth to meet other youth, connect, and discuss what is going on in their lives in a safe, supportive environment. The Squads are a drop-in, so no registration is needed, you can just show up.  Oftentimes, discussions are about family, friends, the school environment, and homo/transphobia. Sometimes we even have a guest speaker. The squads are also an opportunity to hear about upcoming Rainbow Youth programming, such as recreational activities and special events (Pride Prom, Annual Pride Picnic, LGBTQ Youth Conference, theatre project). Squads are run by the Program Director and/or trained volunteers.

Rainbow Youth Niagara’s mission is to ensure that LGBTQ youth feel safe and supported when dealing with sexual identity, gender identity, and relationships within the context of their families, communities, and schools.  Rainbow Youth offers individual support, events and recreational activities, special events, support for schools in starting/maintaining a Gay-Straight Alliance Club/Safe School Club, presentations and workshops, and safe space resources.

Check out the Rainbow Youth Niagara’s Rainbow Squads facebook group.

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