Youth Services

GenQ

A safe place for 18-25 year olds to meet friends in their community. Looking for something to do on Friday nights that isn’t a bar or club? A “college budget” meal is cooked every friday night. Come hang out, bring your friends (and your appetite), and meet new people in your community. Free food and adventure!  Check out our Facebook page here.

Meeting Time

Fridays

7:00 – 9:00PM

Contact

genq@outmemphis.org

OUTMemphis has served the Mid-South region for over 27 years. LGBTQ youth homelessness has been around for much longer than that. We have piloted several possible solutions to solve the LGBTQ youth homelessness problem here in Memphis including host families and hotel vouchers, but none have proven to be long-term solutions. The Metamorphosis Program is our long term solution.

The Metamorphosis Program will provide stable housing and services to homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth, as well as prepare them to be more stable on their own. We know that nationally, nearly 40% of young people on the street identify as LGBTQ. A recent survey in Washington, DC, found that 43% of their homeless kids are LGBTQ. This housing program will be more than just a safe space to sleep each night. It is an opportunity for youth who have been cast aside or kicked out to have the chance to work hard, and lift themselves up.

For more information on the Metamorphosis Project, click here!

PRYSM

PRYSM is a safe, welcoming space for 13-17 year olds to meet friends and get support. Many schools in Memphis do not have a GSA, diversity or queer group, so stop by PRYSM to hang out with other LGBTQ teens and straight allies. Each week we have an activity, food and a group of young people ready to welcome you.  Come on out!

Meeting Time

Saturdays

4:00 – 6:00PM

Contact

prysm@outmemphis.org

Youth Emergency Services

Youth Emergency Services, or the YES program, provides homeless or struggling LGBTQ youth ages 18-25 with basic services and assistance. Services provided include:

  • Food Pantry
  • Clothes
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Internet Access
  • Storage
  • Case Management
  • Other services as needed

If you or someone you know is in need of any of these services, please contact the Youth Services Manager, Stephanie Reyes. sreyes@outmemphis.org

If you would like to donate to the YES Program, check out our list of preferred donation items here.