Youth Programs

North Star’s Youth Programs seek to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth to get connected and empowered! Our purpose is to build a strong queer youth community through social and leadership groups, educational opportunities, health & wellness resources, and community events.

If you’re a youth or parent who’d like to receive email updates about our Youth Programs, contact us and ask to be on our list. If you’d like to receive our quarterly e-newsletter for educators, sign up here and make sure to check “Youth”.

For information about our scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

We currently offer the following Youth Programs:

Youth Leadership Council (YLC)- Monthly meetings, typically the first Saturday of the month from 3 to 5pm (check our calendar). Open to middle and high school students from Forsyth and the surrounding counties. This group holds discussions, works on ongoing projects, and plans Alt Prom and other community events. It also serves as a connection point for the high school GSA groups.

An application process is used to create our leadership council. We are looking for 8-10 passionate, dynamic, and reliable youth who are eager to gain volunteer and leadership experience. Applicants must be committed to attending monthly meetings from September 2020-May 2021. The deadline to submit has been extended until we fill the spots. Email completed applications to
 YLC Application

Youth Socials – Typically occur the third Saturday of the month from 3 to 5pm (check our calendar); open to middle and high school students. We usually have snacks and play games or do other activities.

Youth Drop-In – Typically the second Friday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30pm (check our calendar); open to youth ages 14 to 20. Drop in and hang out!

Youth Self Care Sundays – Some Sundays, 3pm-5pm (check our calendar). The North Star Youth Self-Care group is for LGBTQ and questioning youth ages 12 to 20 years old, facilitated by licensed counselors. Join this group to learn ways to take of yourself, find community, and talk about whatever’s going on in your life. This warm & supportive space is for you.

Alternative Prom – Winston-Salem’s safe and supporting prom, organized by North Star’s high school YLC, with additional support from many community partners. Open to high school students in grades 9-12. Stay tuned – 2020 will be Alt Prom’s fourteenth year, and it’ll be bigger and better than ever!

If you are interested in participating in LGBTQ youth programs in our community (current or future possibilities), please contact us at