Washington area organizations for LGBT youths

CASA for Children of D.C. LGBT Youth Initiative: Foster-care youths in the child-welfare system are paired with a volunteer who helps them navigate the court system. 501 Tingey St. SE, Suite 200, the District. 202-887-0007, www.casadc.org.

The DC Center’s Youth Working Group: A monthly meeting to make the DC Center more responsive to youth needs. 1318 U St. NW, the District. 202-682-2245, youth@thedccenter.org, facebook.com/centeryouth.

Empoderate!: A program by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focuses on decreasing HIV/AIDS among Latino youth. 202-507-4801, facebook.com/centrojuvenil.empoderate.

LYFE Mentors: Beginning this fall, Leading Youth Forward Everyday will pair teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 with a mentor. info@lyfementorsdc.org, lyfementors.wordpress.com.

Metro TeenAIDS: Founded in 1988, Metro TeenAIDS strives to eliminate HIV infection among young people in the region. 651 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the District. 202-543-8246, www.metroteenaids.org.

Project STRIPES: The Latin American Youth Center’s weekly support group that focuses on sharing, taking responsibility, respect, identity, participation, educational achievement and self-acceptance (STRIPES). 1419 Columbia Rd NW, the District. 202-319-0422, www.layc-dc.org.

Rainbow Youth Alliance: A support group for teens ages 14 to 18, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville. 100 Welsh Park Dr., Rockville. 301-762-7666, www.uucr.org/rainbow.php.

SMYAL: The Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League provides opportunities for teens to build self-confidence and spread awareness through community service and youth advocacy programs. 410 7th St. SE, the District. 202-546-5940, www.smyal.org.

Youth Pride Alliance: A volunteer group that produces Youth Pride Day. youthpride@youthpridealliance.org, www.youthpridealliance.org.

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