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Much More than a Drop-in Center...

LGBTQ Youth ProgramsIYG is located at 3733 North Meridian Street in Indianapolis.  Our activity center serves as a safe and confidential environment for LGBTQ youth and straight allies ages 12 through 20 to hang out and be themselves. The center has a fully functional kitchen, plenty of lounge space, computers, our LGBTQ youth library, a large activity room and many program spaces. Basic Needs programming is open on Monday from 4 - 7 PM.  The activity center is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 3 - 9 PM and on Friday from 3 - 11 PM.  

Some of the in-house events that happen throughout the year are our Halloween Party, Holiday Party, and Day of Silence. Events outside of the IYG house include our Youth Talent Show, LGBTQ Prom, marching on/by the IYG float in the Circle City IN Pride Festival Parade and an LGBTQ youth summit.

Two staff members present, plus extra volunteer youth mentors, to provide support and supervision. Dinner is provided for the youth every night we are open.  All services and programs are free.

Programming Philosophy

There are five core principles guiding the programming that is created, selected, and implemented at IYG.

 

CLICK HERE for a list and description of current programs offered at IYG!

 

Referring Youth to IYG

Youth can be referred to IYG or they can just stop in.  Please feel free to call IYG if you would like to talk with a staff member prior to the youth coming.  This is especially helpful if there are extenuating circumstances and background information.  It can be helpful to know if the youth has mental health problems, is struggling with school or depression, or if the youth is in foster care or placement.

If parents/guardians would like to come with the youth the first time they come, or at anytime actually, please do.  We will give you a tour and explain the programming.  It is expected though, that you will then leave and come back later to pick the youth up. Please come for a tour on Wednesday or Thursday evenings when there aren't as many youth at the center and the staff will have time to meet with you.  If you need to stop by on a Friday, please come before 6pm or call first.  

Parents Institute

Parents Institute is a resource for parents, caregivers, and other adults involved in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. Find out more HERE!