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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.

For more information, contact the HYC coordinator at HYC@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x122. 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
Monday: 4:30-9pm (ages 14-18)
Tuesday: 4:30-7:30pm (ages 10-13)
Wednesday: 4:30-9pm (ages 14-18)
Thursday: 5:30-7:30pm (ages 18-24)
Friday: 4:30-9pm (ages 14-18)

HIV Testing*
Ages 12-13: 4th Tuesday of the month, 4:30-6pm
Ages 14-18: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 4:30-5:30pm and 2nd & 4th Friday of the month, 6:00-7:30pm

* While HIV testing is available every day at The Center, we also offer testing for youth at the HYC. We offer FREE Oraquick Rapid HIV antibody testing. 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!


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 x122, or email kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

10-13 Year Old Program
Open drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 10-13. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 10-13 /// Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

14-18 Year Old Program
Open drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 4:30-9:00pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

18-24 Year Old Program ThursTAYS
Open drop-in space for LGBTQ+ Transitional Age Youth (TAY) 18-24. A great space to hang out, socialize, connect with mentors, or participate in discussion groups, activities, and workshops. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 18-24 /// Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Tutoring
Homework trouble? Test questions? Free tutoring is available on all core subjects! For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// Mondays - Wednesdays 5:00-7:00pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Gender Identity Group
This is a closed discussion group for youth identifying as transgender, non-binary, or questioning their gender. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 10-13 /// Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center
Ages 14-18 /// Fridays 8:00-9:00pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Womxn & Femininity Group
This is a closed group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 identifying as female, trans woman, or femme to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to the feminine experience. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month 7pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Men & Masculinity Group
This is a closed group for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 identifying as male, trans man, or masc to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to the masculine experience. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month 7pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Queer POC Group
This is a closed group for LGBTQ+ youth of color to share space, stories, discussions, and community related to their experience in society as people of color. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// 3rd Friday 7:00-8:00pm at Hillcrest Youth Center


Lettuce Talk
This weekly discussion group is a space to discuss and process current events, and topics around gender and sexuality. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 10-13 /// Tuesdays 5:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center


Common Ground
This weekly discussion group is a space to discuss and process current events and topics around gender and sexuality. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

Ages 14-18 /// Wednesdays 8pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Game Night
Board games, video games, card games, and interactive games like trivia and charades are all available during this weekly game night for lgbtq+ youth ages 14-18. For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

Ages 14-18 /// Wednesdays 5pm at Hillcrest Youth Center
Ages 18-24 /// 4th Thursday 5:30pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

South Bay Club House
South Bay Clubhouse is a weekly affirming drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-18 to meet each other, hang out, chat, and participate in fun social activities. For more information contact hyc@thecentersd.org.
*** Thursday, May 24 is the last session before Summer Break!
Ages 14-18 /// Thursdays 4:30-7:30pm at Chula Vista Youth Center, 465 L St., Chula Vista, CA 91911 *Next to the CVHS Baseball Fields

Game Night
Board games, video games, card games, and interactive games like trivia and charades are all available during this monthly game night for LGBTQ+ youth ages 18-14! For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// Fridays 4:30pm-9:00pm at Hillcrest Youth Center

Friday Fun
Friday open hours at HYC are a fun ix of music, movies, board games, video games, arts and crafts, charades, and more! For more information contact kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// Fridays 4:30pm-9:00pm 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 kdaelyn@thecentersd.org.

For more information, email kdaelyn@thecentersd.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HYCSD.