We’re excited to announce the beginning of our LGBTQ Youth Summer Programming Series! This is the first step towards creating an affirming environment for queer and trans youth in our community.
We would like to take an opportunity to introduce our two facilitators – Amira and Julia! With their help, we hope this program is successful in bringing together members of our community.
Meet Event Facilitator Amira!
Amira is a Black Southern Queer raised in Durham, North Carolina currently living in Manassas. Amira enjoys reading, hiking, running, and writing. Amira will be studying this fall at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri working towards a Master’s in Social Work with a Mental Health concentration and a specialization in Sexual Health and Education. They appreciate how youth constantly teach them new ways of being and existing in the world.
Meet Event Facilitator JB!
Julia, who playfully refers to themselves as a Cancer Queerdo, is a 25 year old who grew up in a small western North Carolina town and currently lives in Manassas. They love food, cooperatives, public libraries, being around water, and creating what we need. They have four years of experience facilitating grassroots queer & trans youth meetups in Greensboro, North Carolina through a group called YouthSAFE. During this time, they established survival programs like a clothing closet, Friday night dinner offerings, and a library. They also began a collective liberation programming series, hired a youth intern for the first time, and experimented with a parents support meetup. “Working with queer and trans youth brings me so much joy and healing because there are amazing and brilliant human beings out here being their best selves! I’m grateful and excited to be a part of MPCC’s pilot LGBTQ+ youth programming,” shared Julia.
Our LGBTQ Youth Speak Out program takes place on May 30, starting at 4:30pm. This program will help us find out what programs and events our LGBTQ youth community would like to see offered at the Community Center. We encourage all LGBTQ youth ages 12-20 to attend and have their voice heard!
The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.