QVolution is designed to meet the social, support, recreation, and development needs of LGBTQ+ and Ally youth ages 13 to 24. We’re working to prepare our youth for the world, and prepare the world for our youth!
Email [email protected] for more information.
Youth Group Activities
Ages 13-17 Tuesdays and Ages 18-24 on Thursdays from 4-7pm
in the Diana Bennett Youth Drop-in Center
Youth Activity Nights are support, educational and social spaces for LGBTQ and ally youth. Activities include: Discussion Nights, Group Games, Film Viewings, Origami, Calligraphy, Art Lessons, Social Justice Workshops, Cooking Classes, Financial Literacy, College/Trade School Readiness, Field Trips, and so much more! We also work in lots of free time to mingle and socialize and meet other LGBTQ youth.
Every Spring, Qvolution hosts an inclusive Prom for 13 to 24 year olds. At our Prom, youth can be their authentic selves, and bring who they want to as their date. LGBTQ youth have the opportunity to enjoy themselves in a safe environment, without fear of bullying or harassment. We never charge entrance for our prom, to ensure all youth have access.
Thanksgiving can be a tough time for an LGBTQ youth, especially if they are not out, or have little family acceptance and approval. To that end, we offer a free Thanksgiving dinner every year in November for youth.
Comprehensive Sex Education
Since 2014, The Center has offered no-cost Comprehensive Sex Education classes to Vegas-area teens 13-18. Each class teaches comprehensive sex education with LGBTQIA2 inclusion. Young people will learn about communication, protection, contraception, consent, abstinence and making healthy choices.
Participants must attend all four classes in the same session to receive the offered $25 incentive.
In addition to teaching classes at The Center, we work with community partners to bring our medically accurate, LGBTQ inclusive, evidence based curriculum to them. If you have a group that serves youth ages 13-19 and would like us to teach at your location at no cost to you, please contact [email protected] to schedule.
POWER ON! Mentorship
Need a Mentor? Want to be a Mentor to our youth? Sign up with POWER ON! Collaborative Mentoring Project. POWER ON! Is a new community mentoring program with a mission to empower youth that are at-risk or have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation or domestic minor sex trafficking. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Critical thinking is the precursor to innovation, a key to college and career readiness and has been linked to more positive life outcomes. The complex global challenges we face today have placed a peak demand for critical thinkers. But our supply is limited because critical thinking is still a luxury good: only 1 of 10 educators teach it, and it’s usually only taught at the best schools or to the best students. This means that most students are taught to ask “what” and “how to” instead of “why” and “what if,” and rarely learn the habits and mindsets needed to apply critical thinking consistently.
The Center has partnered with thinkLaw to provide a critical thinking program essential for our student youth. thinkLaw’s comprehensive program of teacher tools, student guides, and virtual coaching is based on real-life cases because the law’s Socratic questioning methods make it easy for teachers to ask the questions that build student critical thinking skills. And the law speaks to students’ sense of fairness and justice, motivating them to adopt the critical thinking mindsets and habits needed to apply these skills throughout their lives. thinkLaw is also standards-aligned, allowing teachers to incorporate it into what they are already doing in their classrooms.
College/Trade School Readiness
In our mission to empower LGBTQ youth for the future, we recognize that higher education can have many different meanings.
Our six-week Access to Higher Education project offers individual support to youth that wish to go the college route. One of our Higher Education Specialists provides each young person with an individual assessment to give them the tools they need to find the school that is right for them. We do this by helping with analyzing transcripts, planning for remaining high school goals, touring several local colleges, providing support with applications and pre-test requirement (ie:SAT’s) and more.
A few of the topics covered include:
- Why Higher Education?
- How to Gain Entry for College
- Assessment of Grade Levels and Preparation
- Courses that Matter for College
- How to Apply for College
Here are a few outcomes of the Access to Higher Education project:
- 30 youth participated in the initial 6 weeks program.
- 19 youth attended a workshop on planning for their academic and professional future.
- 12 students attended the campus tour of UNLV. Students had the opportunity to learn about the admissions process and how to be competitive. The students received a campus tour, interacted with members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning college campus student organization Spectrum and also attended a graduate seminar that focuses on preparing the next generation of student affairs leaders.
- All of the seniors that The Center paid for their undergraduate college applications gained admissions into one or more colleges/universities. All of the students are the first in their family to pursue post-secondary education; some are the first to graduate from high school.
- To illustrate the impact of the program, three of the high school seniors received high ACT scores: One student received a perfect score on his national standard exam, another received a 32, and the third received a 23 on his exam.
- Six seniors applied and were subsequently admitted to multiple in-state and out-of-state schools.
- Several of the high school students received higher grades as a result of developing stronger academic goals and addressing some of their personal and familial circumstances with the Higher Education Specialist.
If college isn’t the right fit for you, The Center and QVolution partner with the community to provide opportunities in alternative education. Quarterly we have workshops with community partners to offer information on careers in Culinary, IT, Customer Service, etc. We also work with several organizations that have job placement programs and internships.
Annually, The Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire Inc. offers a scholarship opportunity for the youth of QVolution. Additionally, we partner with Cox Communications and their Diversity Scholarship. Young people that are interested are encouraged to fill out an application when the scholarship is released.
Social CirKish, generously funded by the John C. Kish Foundation, is a series of free circus skills classes — juggling, clowning, high wire, acrobats and more — for youth ages 10 to 19.
Sign up by emailing Shannon Pates Xhola
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