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Outlet: A Program for LGBTQ Youth and Young Adults [web resource]

Outlet-a-program-of-ACS-01Founded in 1997, Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet envisions a world that embraces, empowers, and celebrates LGBTQQ+ youth. Outlet officially became a program of Adolescent Counseling Services in Redwood City, CA in 2013.

Outlet is youth-centered, respecting all individuals and honoring their differences.  Outlet program staff provide a safe environment that is confidential, inclusive, and non-judgmental.  Outlet services support the emotional, physical, and social development of youth as whole individuals.

Support Groups

Outlet groups are free, drop-in, confidential and meet year-round. There are peer support groups for youth ages 10-18, a support group for youth who identify anywhere on the trans*gender spectrum, or who want to explore their gender identity, and a group geared toward young adults who are out of high school, in college, or are transitioning into work and gaining more independence.

LGBTQ+ Youth Hangout

The Youth Hangout is a safe place for LGBTQ+ youth ages 10-18 and their allies to gather to talk, play games, make new friends and most importantly – be free to express themselves!

Consultation and Resource Referrals

Outlet often works closely with families and schools to build safer living and learning environments.


Outlet offers workshops on understanding issues in the queer experience that cover variety of topics and target different types of audiences.

See the Outlet website for more information on the LGBTQ+ Youth Hangout and to view the current group meeting calendar.

Have questions? CHC can help. To schedule an evaluation or to get advice about your child’s challenges, call or email a CHC Clinical Services Coordinator at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org

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