The Drop-In Center is open to WNY youth ages 10-20 who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, questioning or are allies.
During the school year (September-June) it is open Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.
During July and August the Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 5:00 p.m.
GLYS WNY supports a number of gay-straight alliances in schools and colleges across Western New York! We provide guidance in creating and maintaining a alliance group in your school, and provide suggestions of activities and opportunities to connect with other youth groups for shared experiences!
Youth In Care
GLYS has established relationships with numerous social welfare organizations to provide training and intercession services on behalf of LGBT youth in care. Many times LGBT youth face specific or special problems; providing additional empathy and understanding to caregivers allows these challenges to be resolved with greater results to these patients.
Supporting an LGBT child is a wonderful experience, but can also be a challenging one! We provide parental support and insight to help you provide the best love, care and understanding for the issues facing LGBT youth. Recurring discussion groups allow parents to open up and get answers regarding their specific questions or issues they are facing.
At the end of the school year, we host an incredible prom experience open to LGBTQ youth. This provides youth an opportunity to come together, and have the full prom experience in a safe and accepting environment, date or no date!
LGBTQ Library/Resource Center
We have numerous books and magazines containing the stories of LGBT youth and adults. Youth are free to come and check out a book to take home, or read while at the center. Additionally, we compile resources focusing on health and wellness. Finally, we have a number of historic documents and items that catalog the challenges of LGBT people, and give insight into the local development of rights within our community.
Every year we gather poems, stories and artwork created by LGBT youth and create an anthology booklet highlighting and publishing their works. Our youth are incredibly talented, and this method of expressing themselves leads to many powerful and insightful results.
GLYS provides scholarship opportunities towards the end of the year as graduates prepare to enter college. These funds can help defer the cost of tuition, books or other materials! We also can provide resources to certain local community events or programs that intersect with our mission.