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 only 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. 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 HYC@thecentersd.org or 619.497.2920 x101. You can also find details on group meetings, workshops, events and more on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HYCSD.
The Youth Center is located at:
1807 Robinson Ave, Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92103
Hours of Operation
Wednesday: 5-9 pm
Friday: 5-10 pm
Saturday: 2-6 pm
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 619.497.2920 x101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn to play guitar or improve the skills you already have. This group meets twice monthly - check Facebook for schedule.
One Sunday a month the HYC group walks to Balboa park for a one-hour yoga practice in the heart of nature. Check Facebook for schedule.
HYC Media Workshop
Learn how to use cameras, practice interviewing people, work with lighting, and edit your own videos with the assistance of a facilitator. This group meets two Saturdays a month - check Facebook for schedule.
Gender Performing Arts Workshop
An educational skill building series for youth ages 14-18 to explore gender identity and expression through discussions, lectures and hands on practice of techniques.
2nd & 4th Saturdays monthly, 11 am-2 pm
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 pm
Gender Identity Group
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, 8 pm
OUT-ing the Spirit Discussion Series
This series of talks from folks in our community sharing their experiences of being at the intersections of religion and/or spirituality and queerness is held once a month on various Fridays. Check Facebook for schedule.
Queer Youth Arts Festival - April
The Annual Queer Youth Arts Festival is our way of bringing an end to the National Day of Silence with a festival of visual and performing arts celebration. We invite youth to share visual art (paintings, sculpture, photography, etc.), D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) videos, poems/spoken word, dance, and musical theatre. Check Facebook for details.
Rainbow Graduation - June
1st Annual Rainbow Graduation open to all students graduating in the spring semester or earlier who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or allies. It celebrates the achievements of students who are part of our LGBTQIA San Diego County community. Awards, certificates, and a rainbow cord to wear during the commencement will be provided. Live entertainment and food! Join our Graduation Planning Committee in December and be part of planning this amazing event. Check Facebook for details.
Rainbow Prom - July
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! Join our Prom Planning Committee in December and be part of planning this amazing event. Check Facebook for details.