Free safer sex supplies and free safer injection supplies; The Drop-In Center is an HIV prevention, harm reduction and community resource center. The Drop-In Center offers free and anonymous HIV testing, free safer sex & safer injection supplies and much, much more! For more information call us.

Youth hours at the Drop-in Center are set aside for participants up to 24 years of age. Snacks are provided, movies are shown, and youth have access to hygiene supplies, harm reduction counseling, and case management. Needle exchange is also offered during this time.

Drop-In Center (Santa Cruz)

412 Front Street downtown Santa Cruz

(across from the Metro Station)

(831) 457-1163


COLAGE fosters growth of often isolated children of LGBTQ+ parents through an intergenerational network of local groups providing support, advocacy and community.

COLAGE: Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

1550 Bryant Street - Suite 830
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 861-KIDS (5437)



Triangle Speakers

P.O. Box 8280
Santa Cruz, CA 95051

 (831) 425-5422

Triangle Speakers is a Santa Cruz County Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Education Project. The mission is to eliminate the fear, prejudice, and hatred against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people so that a healthy environment exists for all members of our community. Speaker panels comprised of trained volunteers talk to 4-12th grade classrooms, community agencies, religious groups, government employees, conferences, and anyone else who requests a panel.  






Gay-Straight Alliance Network

1550 Byrant Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 552-4229

Empower youth activists to fight homophobia in schools. Support services for newly developing and existing Gay-Straight Alliance groups on school campuses in California.

National RunaawaySwitchboard

Keeping run-away and at risk youth safe

(800)RUN-AWAY, (800)786-2929

Outlet Program

711 Church Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

(650) 965-2020 ext. 22

Outlet supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth ages 13-18 living on the Peninsula and South Bay. Through our range of support services, leadership training, community education and advocacy, Outlet successfully increases youth confidence, builds personal assets, and creates healthier communities.

Queer Youth Leadership Awards

(831) 427-4004


An annual awards ceremony held in the spring, the QYLA honors outstanding queer youth, allies and organizations. This event is a project of the Santa Cruz County Task Force for LGBTIQ+ Youth (aka Queer Youth Task Force/QYTF), an affiliate of The Diversity Center. Proudly serving the Santa Cruz community since 1979. Please visit our web site. 

Queer Youth Task Force

Santa Cruz County Task Force for LGBTIQ+ Youth

(831) 427-4004


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all LGBTIQ+ youth in Santa Cruz County, as well as children and siblings raised in homes where LGBTIQ+ people live. Comprised of individuals and organizations that support LGBTIQ+ youth.

Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County

(831) 427-4014


Raises awareness of the harsh atmosphere queer youth face on school campuses, advocates enforcement of AB 537, and is a catalyst in each school district to help make schools safer. Students and parents welcome. Internships available.


Youth Services

(831) 469-1700 x131

Program Coordinator, Vanessa Wilson


STRANGE is a youth-driven program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning (LGBTQ+) and allied youth ages 12-18. There are 2 components to the program: STRANGE Activists and STRANGE Support Group.

Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast

(831) 459-9373 (crisis line)
(877) 663-5433 (toll free)
(831) 459-9373 (office) 

Individual and group support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Information and referral.

The GLBT National Youth Talkline and Infoline

2261 Market Street, #296, San Francisco, CA 94114

(800) 246 PRIDE 

One of the nation’s only peer-run support lines for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth 25 and younger. You can call and talk about anything that’s on your mind. The line is 100% free, safe and confidential. Telephone peer counseling, local resources for the entire country andinformation. Other National line for youth and adults (with longer hours) (888) 843-4564.






The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) Safe Schools/Healthy Students Programs

Leticia G. Gomez
Manager of Prevention Programs

(831) 728-6300, ext. 204

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among children and to improve peer relations at school. School administrators and teachers are trained and committed to follow through in implementing preventative and intervention strategies. The program is offered to all elementary and middle schools within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN is the largest national organization that brings together gay and straight educators, parents, students, and concerned citizens in order to end the destructive effects of anti-gay bias in schools across the country.

Transgender Teen Project of Santa Cruz County

(831) 427-4004

Focusing on transgender students in middle school and high school, the goal of the Trans Teen Project is to bring attention to gender identity/expression of K-12 students and how AB 537 mandates safe schools for all students, including Transgender students. A project of the Queer Youth Task Force.

The Trevor Helpline

Suicide prevention aimed at gay youth

(866) 4U-TREVOR (488-7386)

The Trevor Project has established the first national, 24-hour toll-free suicide prevention hotline aimed LGBTQ+ and questioning youth. Teens in crisis with nowhere to turn can call toll free where they can talk to trained counselors, find local resources and take important steps on their way to becoming healthy adults. All calls are free and confidential.