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South Bay Youth Center

The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s South Bay Youth Center (SBYC) in Chula Vista will provide similar programming to The Center’s Hillcrest Youth Center, offering a drop-in and recreational center for LGBTQ and non-binary youth, youth living with HIV, and their families and allies.

Established in 2019 to meet the increased demand for services for LGBTQ+ youth and families and to increase access to vital support and programs, the SBYC will offer gender identity groups, arts programs, social activities, tutoring and discussion groups. A therapist will also be available on site.

The South Bay Youth Center will be open three days a week from 3-7pm – on Wednesdays for youth ages 18-24, on Thursdays for 14-18 year olds and Fridays for those ages 10-13. In addition, the Youth Center will be open on Monday evenings for Mi Familia, a support group for parents of LGBTQ youth.

For more information about the South Bay Youth Center, please contact Victor Esquivel, Director of Youth Services, at southbayyouth@thecentersd.org or at 619.692.2077 x207. You can also find details on group meetings, workshops, events and more on Facebook.

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Special Message - February 2019

We are so excited to open our new South Bay Youth Center (SBYC) this month! Please join The Center’s board, staff, volunteers, and other community leaders for this exciting chapter in The Center’s history as we open the doors to the new SBYC. We hope to see you at one of the events below:

Thursday, Feb. 7 & Monday, Feb. 11 from 4-6pm, South Bay Youth Center Open House

The Center invites youth, families and community members for an intimate sneak preview of our South Bay Youth Center, a drop-in, recreational and support center for LGBTQ and non-binary youth, youth living with HIV, and their families and allies. The SBYC is located at 1180 3rd Avenue, Suite C1, in Chula Vista. For more information, contact Victor Esquivel, Director of Youth Services, at southbayyouth@thecentersd.org or at 619.692.2077 x207.

Saturday, Feb. 16, 1-3pm, South Bay Youth Center Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Center welcomes you to officially open our South Bay Youth Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The SBYC is located at 1180 3rd Avenue, Suite C1, in Chula Vista. This community celebration will include light appetizers and an opportunity to view the space following a brief program. Please RSVP here.

The SBYC is wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter will be present at the event. For other accessibility requests or more information, please contact Victor Esquivel, Director of Youth Services, at southbayyouth@thecentersd.org or at 619.692.2077 x207.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 3-7pm, South Bay Youth Center Opening – Youth Only

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20, the SBYC will be open three days a week from 3-7pm – on Wednesdays for youth ages 18-24, on Thursdays for 14-18 year olds and Fridays for those ages 10-13. In addition, the SBYC will be open on Monday evenings for Mi Familia, a support group for parents of LGBTQ youth. For more information, contact Victor Esquivel, Director of Youth Services, at southbayyouth@thecentersd.org or at 619.692.2077 x207.

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The South Bay Youth Center is located at:
1180 3rd Avenue, Suite C1
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Hours of Operation
Wednesday: 3-7pm (ages 18-24)
Thursday: 3-7pm (ages 14-18)
Friday: 3-7pm (ages 10-13)


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 SBYC 


SBYC Groups

All SBYC groups meet at the South Bay 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 SBYC youth discussion groups, call 619.692.2077 x207, or email southbayyouth@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 southbayyouth@thecentersd.org.
Ages 10-13 /// Fridays, 3-7pm at South Bay 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 southbayyouth@thecentersd.org.
Ages 14-18 /// Thursdays, 3-7pm at South Bay Youth Center

18-24 Year Old Program

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 southbayyouth@thecentersd.org.
Ages 18-24 /// Wednesdays, 3-7pm at South Bay Youth Center

Mi Familia

Un grupo para personas que tienen familiares que son Gay, Lesbiana, Bisexual, o Transgenero. Este grupo es para educar, apoyar, y comprender a nuestros hijos. Invitamos a padres, madres, hermanos o hermanas, tios/as, o cualquier familiar a participar en platicas del grupo.

This is a Spanish-speaking support group for Latino families with LGBT youth. The group provides education, support, understanding and a safe and understanding space to share stories and concerns. It is facilitated by parents who share their experiences and their process of coming to understand and support their LGBT children. All family members are welcome.

2nd Monday of the month, 6-8pm at South Bay Youth Center