educational and social activities for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies


Through The Diversity Center’s Youth Program, we offer support to teens, families, and schools on issues of gender, sexuality, acceptance, and overcoming discrimination.

LGBTQ+ Youth Meet-Ups

Our Friday and Saturday groups bring queer, trans, and ally youth together for support, community, and leadership opportunities. All youth ages 12-18 are welcome to join, regardless of gender or sexuality.

When and Where:

Watsonville Meet-Up
Fridays 3:30 pm — 6:00 pm
First Christian Church, 15 Madison St, Watsonville, CA

Santa Cruz Meet-Up
Saturdays, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

Gender Expansive Youth Group
Saturdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
The Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

We also offer support groups for trans and questioning youth. Contact us for more information. 

School Support

The Diversity Center offers support to Santa Cruz County  schools by visiting Gender-Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and providing educational presentations and training for students and staff. From organizing an event or campaign, starting a new club, or looking for guest speakers, the Diversity Center is here to help. 

Community Events

The Diversity Center works in partnership with local teens and organizations to plan fun and activist-oriented events such as:  Breaking the Silence rallies, our annual queer Camp OUT, and county-wide youth dances. 

Resources for educators

Are you an educator wondering how to improve LGBTQ+ inclusiveness in your classroom? Are you curious to know how to become a better ally for queer students? Our Youth Program has you covered! This youth-generated presentation will assist you in your work to build and keep your classroom a safe space. If you are interested in receiving a free copy of the presentation, email our youth program at

The Diversity Center's youth program is possible because of our funders who make our program possible:

The Diversity Center works in collaboration with the SCCOE School Mental Health Partnership and receives funding from The County Of Santa Cruz’s Health Services Agency and the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)



For more information please call 831-425-5422 x104  or Email