January 5th, 2018
To Our Q Center Community,
We hope that you had happy holidays and a joyous new year! We at Q Youth Resources have a lot to celebrate this new year, including some exciting news we would like to share with you – The Q Center is moving! After several years in the Family of God Lutheran Church, The Q Center is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound to offer our new space in Bremerton Teen Center. We are confident that this new space will better serve our youth and families—with better access to transit and community services, the Bremerton Teen Center is an exciting opportunity to grow.
What does this move mean for current Q Center youth and their families? Here are some answers to questions you may have:
We are in the process of moving right now, and plan to have our first drop-in in our new space on Friday January 19th, 2018.
The Bremerton Teen Center’s address is 3102 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, WA 98310.
The Q Center will remain an independent program operated by Q Youth Resources. We are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to offer space in their building that is a good fit for our programming.
Yes, there is new paperwork to fill out. All youth who attend our programming will need to fill out Boys and Girls Club paperwork in order to be in their building. The paperwork can be filled out in advance and returned when the participant comes to our new space for the first time. Download forms here
The paperwork required does enroll youth in the Boys and Girls Club, and this does cost $5.00 a month. If this is cost prohibitive, both agencies are ready to work with you to ensure that your youth can continue to attend Q Center programming.
In most ways, our programming will remain the same. Our mission is to provide a safe and empowering space to LGBTQ+ youth, and we will continue to do just that in a space better equipped to meet our needs. We will still host drop-in programming every Friday from 6:00-9:00pm. The adult facilitators present will still be Q Center trained and background checked volunteers. There is one important change—as of this move, youth 19 and 20 years old who are no longer in high school will no longer be able to attend drop-in programming due to the policies of the Boys and Girls Club space use.
As of January 19th, 19 and 20 year olds will no longer qualify for drop-in programming as participants. While we know this will be disappointing news for some, we plan to develop a youth leadership program for participants in this age range. We think this is a great opportunity for young people to stay engaged with us and develop leadership skills.
We couldn’t have made this move without the support of our youth, their families and other passionate community members who believe in our mission. We look forward to the new youth and families we will reach, as well as improving our service to current youth and families.
Thank you so much for your support. We are excited for you to join us on this new journey!
QYR Board President