Q Chat Space is Hiring!

Have you attended a Q Chat Space group? Do you love being a part of that online, national community? If so, why not get paid to participate in groups? Q Chat Space is hiring for the role of Q Chatters (positions open to youth ages 13-19)! All work is done remotely, just like participating in Q Chat Space discussions. Access the application and check out the job descriptions here: https://qchatspace.org/Work-For-Q-Chat. The deadline to apply is November 19, 2020.

Q Chat Space

Find and give support, have fun, connect around shared interests and get good information. Chat with like-minded peers in live chats designed for you & by you, facilitated by folks who care.

Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.

Conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the country including Time Out Youth in Charlotte.

For more information visit their website: https://www.qchatspace.org/

LGBTQ+ Youth Focus Group…. Your Voice Matters!

We invite LGBTQ+ youth—especially LGBTQ+ youth who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color—to join SHIFT NC on Wednesday, June 17th, 1:00 – 3:00pm EST for a virtual focus group on Zoom. The LGBT Center of Raleigh is collaborating with SHIFT NC to listen to the school experiences and recommendations of LGBTQ+ students in Wake County Schools. This confidential discussion will last up to 1.5 hours, and every young person who participates will receive a $25 VISA e-gift card.


To participate, youth must be 14-19 years old and they must have attended grade school or high school in Wake County Schools. Youth under age 18 must be able to get a guardian permission form signed. Visit https://bit.ly/2TU5PSx to sign up, and send your questions to SHIFT NC LGBTQ+ Capacity Manager Tommy White (they/them, habla español) at [email protected] .

Current Events #Blacklivesmatter

The LGBT Center of Raliegh’s Youth and Family Programs have been paying close attention to current events in our community and country as a whole. We stand with the family of George Floyd and those protesting the injustices experienced by Black people in NC and around the country everyday. In response we are working with local community organizers to offer a virtual space for youth of color to connect and process the events of the last week. We will also offer a space for all youth to come together and discuss how they can aspire to be allies in their communities. Please keep watch for more details coming soon!

Youth Coffee House is Back!

We are excited to announce Youth Coffee House has found a new home with our community partner Weaver Street Market! Located in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district, our new partner has graciously offered to provide spacious accommodations to host one of the LGBT Center of Raleigh’s longest running youth programs. We cannot wait until we can safely come together again and share a cup of coffee with each of you at Weaver Street Market.


For now….. We are rebooting Youth Coffee House and meeting virtually! Come join us on June 17th from 4pm-5pm. To register for the meeting Click Here


We look forward to sharing a coffee with you soon!

LGBT Center of Raleigh Youth/Young Adult Leadership Team Applications Now Open!!!

Attention: The LGBT Center of Raleigh Youth/Young Adult Leadership team 2020-2021 applications are now open! This year we are excited to announce we’ll be expanding our programs and leadership team to include young adults ages 18-22.  If you are a high school student or young adult ages 14-22 we encourage you to apply for this amazing opportunity. For more information or to apply click here:


Announcement: Queer NC Events for 2020!

Hey everybody! We are excited to announce the Queer NC events for the rest of our year. We’ve got 5 very exciting events coming up that we want to let you know about, so mark your calendars!

January 24th: We’ll be seeing a movie at IMAX Raleigh next to Marbles. The movie is yet to be decided, but as soon as we’ve got the title and time figured out, we’ll let you know! We ask that you bring $7 for your ticket, but if not, the Center can cover it. Snacks will be provided! We’re bound to have a great time.

February 14th: Our annual Love is Love dance for Valentine’s Day! This is sure to be an excellent event. It will be held from 6-10 pm at a location TBA.

March 28th: Yates by Night: Signs of Spring. We will be heading to a park to go on a night hike led by park naturalists, to enjoy the lovely springtime nature. It will be held from 7-8 pm at Yates Mill Park.

April 25th: We’ll be having a lovely picnic in the park to celebrate springtime, with food provided and a flower crown craft. It will be held from 3-6 pm at a location TBA.

May 3rd: For our last event of our Queer NC year, we’ll be holding an end of year talent show and dance party. Keep an eye out for information about time and location, as well as details about how to sign up to perform! We’re very excited about this awesome event.

These events are going to be a blast and we are really excited to see you all there! Happy New Year!


Check out these additional scholarship opportunities… Deadlines March 1, 2020

Deadline for all applications is March 1, 2020

Achievement Scholarship for Refugees & Immigrants of Wake County, Up to $16,000 First-generation U.S. citizens, refugees, or immigrants, residents of Wake County, North Carolina who have completed at least one academic year at a high school in Wake County. High school seniors at the time of the application with a GPA of 2.5 or greater, planning to pursue a degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university in NC, and able to demonstrate family financial need.

Benjamin F. Ward Scholarship, $10,000 Graduating high school seniors in Wake, Durham, Orange, or Chatham counties planning to attend a 4-year public or private college or university in North Carolina. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale with demonstrated commitment to community service and family financial need.

Citrix Scholarship, Up to $20,000 Students planning to attend or currently attending NC Central University, Shaw University, or St. Augustine’s University and pursuing a major in computer and/or information science.

Elizabeth Marie Roberts Scholarship, $8,000 Graduating seniors from Northern High School, Riverside High School, Voyager Academy, or Durham School of the Arts. Must be accepted into any public state university or college in NC, Watts School of Nursing, or Durham Technical Community College and have a minimum grade of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale with demonstrated family financial need.

Felicia Brewer Opportunity Scholarship, Up to $80,000 This scholarship’s purpose is to create a life-transforming opportunity for immigrant or first generation students who have overcome significant adversity, giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams and improve their lives through education or training. It will be awarded to students who have attended a Chapel Hill –Carrboro City Schools district high school.

GSK Opportunity ScholarshipUp to $20,000 Be a U.S. Citizen for a minimum of one year; reside in Chatham, Durham, Orange, or Wake counties for a minimum of one year; be eligible to receive NC resident tuition costs; attend a public state university or community college in NC and demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity as well as an exceptional desire to improve himself or herself through further education or training.

Jason and Jessica Evans Memorial Scholarship, $4,000 Be graduating high school seniors at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC, plan to pursue a 4-year degree as a full-time student at any accredited public or private college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated family financial need.

Jay Spence Memorial Scholarship, $8,000 Be graduating high school seniors or alumni of Jordan-Matthews High School or Chatham Charter High School in Siler City, NC, and plan to continue an undergraduate or graduate education at an accredited public, private, or community college. Exhibit strong character through a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others through service. Be a Christian, demonstrate family financial need and demonstrate the potential to succeed despite adversity.

Joseph Nystrom Working Student Scholarship, Up to $16,000 Students in Orange, Wake, Durham, Chatham or Alamance counties who are working at least part-time while in school and have demonstrated financial need.

Juanita McNeil West End Scholarship, $2,000 Be a graduating high school senior in Durham County with a GPA of at least 2.5 and demonstrated financial need. Residents of the West End Community (zip codes 27701 and 27707) are encouraged to apply and will be given preference.

NC American Indian Fund Scholarship$1,000 Be enrolled in a state- or federally-recognized tribe (with documentation), demonstrate sustained involvement in the American Indian Community and commitment to American Indian concerns and initiatives, have family residency in the state. Be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary institution in NC, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and plan to pursue a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate degree as a full-time student at an accredited public, private, or technical college or university.

Richard Whitted Scholarship, $1,000 Graduating seniors at Cedar Ridge High School, Orange High School, Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill High School or East Chapel Hill High School planning to enroll full-time at a 4-year college or university. Must demonstrate commitment to community service and academic excellence.

Umesh and Usha Gulati Scholarship, $2,500 Seniors at one of the following high schools in Durham, NC: Hillside High School, Northern High School, Riverside High School, Southern High School, Jordan High School, Durham School of the Arts, or City of Medicine Academy. Graduating with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and planning to attend a 2- or 4-year technical school, college, or university. Able to demonstrate financial need.

Van and Luella Thomas Family Scholarship$1,000 Graduating high school senior from Jordan Matthews High School, Siler City, NC who have motivation for educational success but are not receiving financial aid from other sources.

William L. Wall Family Scholarship, $4,000 Graduating high school seniors or alumni from Jordan-Matthews High School or Sage Academy in Siler City, NC who will be first-time college students at a public college or university in North Carolina in the coming fall.

Trans Day of Remembrance Ceremony

Trans Day of Remembrance (November 20th) is a day where we honor lives lost due to hate crimes against the trans community. Sadly since the last TDoR in November 2018, there have been approximately 330 trans deaths around the world and those are just the ones that have been reported.

For more information on Trans Day of Remembrance and its history, visit www.glaad.org/tdor

The LGBT Center of Raleigh will be having a candlelight vigil at the state capital. It will be on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 at 6pm. There will be at light reception at the LGBT Center of Raleigh till 9pm.

If you feel any overwhelming anxiety or depression due to this day, please refer to the following hotlines.
Trans lifeline: 877-565-8860
Trevor Project: 866-488-7386

Scholarships for Creative Teens: Deadlines Approaching

Deadlines vary by region, with the earliest deadline falling on December 1, 2019. You can visit our deadlines and guidelines page for information on when and how students can submit their work.

Are you a creative teen in grades 7–12? Apply to one of these scholarships from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Deadlines are approaching quickly. Visit the links below to find your local deadline and how to apply.