SEXUAL & GENDER MINORITY YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER (SMYRC)

SMYRC provides a safe, supervised, harassment-free space for sexual and gender minority youth ages 13-23 who participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, open mic nights, drag shows, and support groups and receive services including case management, counseling, education, and more. With the goals of increasing academic success and access to jobs, reducing poverty and school drop-out, SMYRC honors, empowers, and supports LGBTQ youth to be their best selves and become leaders in their communities.

SMYRC also offers mental health support services. A Cascadia Behavioral Health LGBTQ Mental Health Specialist is available for appointments for SMYRC participants outside of the SMYRC space.  If you want to register for counseling please fill out a form at https://cascadiabhc.org/cair_form/ and request “Jill Seale (they/them)” in the “other” section. Please select “Garlington Health Center” as the “preferred location”. For more information visit: https://cascadiabhc.org/seeking-help/ or call the CAIR line listed on their website.

Questions? Contact us at smyrcinfo@newavenues.org or 503-872-9664.

Current SMYRC Programming

Contact one of our youth advocates to schedule an appointment: