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Hillcrest Youth Center

In order to develop into successful and fully participating citizens, our youth need a safe, welcoming and affirming space where they can be themselves and access the resources they need. The Hillcrest Youth Center is the first drop-in and recreational center in San Diego County dedicated to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and HIV+ (LGBTQ+) youth.

HYC offers programming for LGBTQ+ youth and allies, ages 14-18, with special hours on Tuesdays for youth ages 10-13. You’ll find computer access, health education, basic financial education, youth leadership training, HIV prevention education, life skills training workshops, discussion groups, creative and performing arts programming, and amazing social activities. It's an impressive list of programs and services, and we are extremely proud of what we offer. But the heart of what the Hillcrest Youth Center offers is much larger than our excellent programs.

HYC is committed to providing a safe, affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth to be proud of who they are and the freedom to discover who they might become. We host approximately 300 visits from youth each month. They are 80% youth of color -- Latino, African-American, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native American -- and 20% Anglo-American. They are youth from all over the county, representing almost every zip code. Some come from our most affluent homes, some are homeless. More than 70% are low-income and underserved.

For more information, contact the HYC coordinator at or 619.692.2077 x250. You can also find details on group meetings, workshops, events and more on Facebook at

The Youth Center is located at:
1807 Robinson Ave, Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92103

Hours of Operation
Monday: 4:30-9pm
Tuesday: 4:30-7:30pm (ages 10-13)
Wednesday: 4:30-9pm
Thursday: 5:30-8:30pm (ages 18-24)
Friday: 4:30-9pm (HIV testing from 3-6pm once a month)

Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund

The Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund was established by City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez, co-founder of the Imperial Court de San Diego, Imperial Court board member Nathan Garcia, and the Imperial Court de San Diego in conjunction with The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Named in honor of LGBT community leader, army veteran, columnist and entertainer Eddie Conlon, the Fund provides assistance to San Diego youth for education-related expenses, books, supplies and clothing.

Additional information and an online application can be found here.

This Month at HYC

Youth Groups

All groups meet at the Hillcrest Youth Center. Group meeting times and days are subject to change. Please call ahead to make sure the group you're interested in is meeting. For more information on youth discussion groups, call 619.692.2077 x250, or email

Queer Movie Monday
This group meet, watches and discusses age-appropriate LGBTQ themed films. Topics include coming out, homelessness, identity, being undocumented and more. Pizza, popcorn and beverages are provided. For youth ages 14-18 years old.
Mondays, 6-9pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

10-13 Year-Old Youth Program
The Hillcrest Youth Center is open for 10-13 year olds every Tuesday night from 4:30-7:30pm. You'll find computer access, health education, basic financial education, youth leadership training, discussion groups, creative and performing arts programming, amazing social activities and more. In addition, Tuesday nights will include structured activities such as group games, arts and crafts and mini LGBTQ workshops and discussions. For more information, email
Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm
at Hillcrest Youth Center

Lettuce Talk /// 10-13 Year-Old Youth Program
This is an open group to talk about various topics centering gender and sexuality.
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
at Hillcrest Youth Center

Gender Identity Group /// 10-13 Year-Old Youth Program
This is a closed discussion group for anyone identifying as Transgender, non-binary or questioning their gender identity.
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Young Men's Group
This group for youth ages 14-18 years old addresses relationships, coming out, being out, sexual health, activism, community building and other important topics related to the group. This is a closed group. To join or more information please contact
Wednesdays, 6-7pm

Urban Beats
This recurring event allows youth to create art around breaking down negative stigmas regarding mental health. Youth engage in conversations while participating in an art project.
For youth ages 14-18 years old. 
See HYC's Facebook for information on the next Urban Beats.

Common Ground
A discussion group for youth, 14-18 years old, who want to talk about dating, relationships, school, work, family, friends and other topics of interest. Each week there is a structured discussion and intriguing topic. There are also guest speakers who come from the community to share fun workshops. Youth have the chance to co-facilitate the discussion so the group always feels like it's being led for and by youth.

Wednesdays, 7-8pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

ThursTAYS LGBTQIA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) @ HYC /// 18-24 year olds
This space is open to LGBTQIA Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 18-24 looking to connect with community and attend life skills workshops. We opportunities to learn about sexual health and identities. This is a closed group. To join or more information please contact
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

South Bay Club House
Drop-in Center in Chula Vista welcoming all LGBTQIA high school students age 14-18. For more information, please contact or call 619.692.2077 ext. 122.
Thursdays, 4pm-7:30pm at Chula Vista Youth Center, 465 L St., Chula Vista, CA 91911 *Next to the CVHS Baseball Fields

Friday Fun
Friday fun night will consist of an activity such as charades, Pictionary, trivia, or a movie. For more info. contact
Fridays, 6-7pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Youth Advisory Circle
Come get involved in the programming of the HYC! Learn how to be a leader and see what collaboration is all about! All time spent at the meetings, events, fundraising, doing outreach, etc. can be used towards your community service hours! For youth ages 14-18 years old.
First Friday of every month, 5:30-6:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

The Marauders Club
This closed group at the HYC is dedicated to Harry Potter for youth 14-18. Mostly meetings, this club will organize the once a month Harry Potter event and get together to discuss and develop book club type conversations, critical thinking and comparisons from the characters and society to LGBTQIA identities and relationships. For more information please contact
First Friday of every month
, 5-6pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Young Women’s Transgender Group @ HYC
This group is for any youth ages 14-18 identifying as trans woman, female, femme. The group will focus on sharing experiences, referrals and resources, discussion topics include sexual health, PrEP, HIV testing, healthy relationships, coming out, being out, gender identity and expression, empowerment, mental health, school and home safety, hormones and surgery, accessibility. To join or more information please contact
Fridays, 7-8pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Gender Identity Group (14-18 year old)
A discussion and support group for transgender, gender non-conforming, and trans-questioning youth ages 14-18. The group is also open to youth who are interested in learning more about gender identity.
Fridays, 8pm-9pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Free HIV Testing
While HIV testing is available every day at The Center, once monthly we provide a tester at the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC)! Testing at the HYC is available for youth ages 14-18. We offer FREE Oraquick Rapid HIV antibody testing on the 2nd Friday of every month from 3-6pm. The test is done with a mouth swab and results only take about 20 minutes. While you're waiting, your HIV test counselor will have a judgement-free, sex-positive conversation with you that provides accurate information about HIV and risk. And there's free swag and incentives for testing. Testing is available by walk-in, or you can make an appointment by calling 619.692.2077 x250 or email
Second Friday of every month, 3-6pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Rainbow Prom
The Rainbow Prom provides LGBTQ youth a safe, welcoming and affirming event where they can express themselves. LGBTQ youth want to go to prom, dress up and dance with that special someone, just like everyone else. Queer Royalty! Free! Great food! Awesome music!
For more info. contact

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