The Q Center at ACR Health is a safe spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies to gather, share, and receive support. Q Center programming promotes equality, celebrates diversity, provides resources that cultivate pride and leadership skills, and strives to create a safe and inclusive community for all.
Through our programs and services, we provide the guidance and support LGBTQ+ youth, young adults and their families need to thrive, and the foundation from which LGBTQ+ youth can succeed throughout their lives.
The Q Center program provides services in Central New York, Northern New York, and The Mohawk Valley.
The Q Center Offers
Case management services are available for LGBTQ youth who need assistance with housing, advocacy, medical care, mental health services, transportation, identity documents, and other issues.
Drop in time every week includes opportunities for tutoring, college counseling, the Eddie Future Greatness Award which provides 4 monetary awards a year to college bound Q members, a large LGBTQ library, and the David Bohnett CyberCenter, offering state-of-the-art resources and technology.
We offer weekly and biweekly support groups, such as:
- Q Kids (ages 12 and under)
- Parents/ Caregivers stay at group with youth. Siblings in this age range are also welcome.
- Tween Time for (ages 10-12)
- LGBTQ Youth & Allies (ages 13-18)
- LGBTQ Young Adults (ages 18-29)
- Q Kids (ages 12 and under)
- QT’s of Color (ages 13-25)
- Parent Support group for parents/caregivers of trans and gender expansive youth of any age
Outreach & Education:
Cultural Competency/LGBTQ Sensitivity trainings for agencies and organizations are available free of charge.
Annual Pride Prom, Q Pride Celebration, and several more. These events provide semi-structured socialization time, for youth to connect and realize they are not alone.
School-Based GSA Support/Education
The Q Center provides technical assistance to school-based Gender & Sexuality alliances.
Free LGBTQ-Affirming HIV/STD Testing
The Q Center offers free and confidential testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.
For providers or individuals, please fill out and return this form for referrals.
Q Center Events – June, 2023
Trans Resource Guide
helpful links to affirming providers both in and out of our region.
The Q Center is funded in part by the NYS Department of Health, Onondaga County Department of Aging & Youth, OnCare, the United Way of Central New York, Northern New York, the Valley & Greater Utica, and the Jefferson County Youth Bureau.
Q Center News
- Volunteers are an integral part of Q Center operations – tutoring, mentoring, teaching, and chaperoning at social events.
- To become a volunteer, fill out our application.
617 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
287 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501
210 Court Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Q Center Support Group Times
Please reach out to us at QCenter@ACRHealth.org or by calling 315-475-2430 to get the most up to date group schedule.