High School Age Programs

All programs are offered free of charge, and you don’t need to RSVP to attend high school age programs. Meetings include check-ins, group discussions, and assorted fun activities. While programs are not therapeutic, an LGBTQ+ clinician from Advocates is on-site at high school age programs, for those youth in need of extra support. We welcome allies in this space that explicitly centers LGBTQ+ youth, except for Umbrella, our program specifically for transgender and gender non-conforming youth.

All events are facilitated in English by our trained LGBTQ+ staff. If you require interpretation, please reach out to us about available options. If you have any other questions prior to attending, please review these FAQs or email our program staff at programs@outmetrowest.org.

We’re located at 160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA, on the upper level of the ātac building. Our location is wheelchair accessible, has all-gender bathrooms, and free parking. We are half a mile from the Framingham commuter rail station. We also host satellite events for middle and high school age youth around MetroWest. Please check out our calendar and join our newsletter for the most up-to-date information.

Umbrella

Umbrella is our program for transgender, non-binary, and gender questioning high school youth. Umbrella is a social and supportive space facilitated by trans adults and peer leaders. There is also a trans therapist present. Non-binary, transgender, genderqueer, genderfluid, gender expansive, agender, and questioning are just some of the gender identities you’ll find among people at Umbrella. Schedule: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month (except holidays), 6:45-8:30pm

Prism

Prism is our strucuted program for LGBTQ+ youth in grades 9-12. Prism provides a social and supportive space for youth to connect with LGBTQ+ peers and adult mentors. Activities are both fun and educational, and range from karaoke and movies to discussion groups and expressive art projects. Schedule: Every Monday (except holidays), 6:45-8:30pm

Drop-In

Drop-in is our unstructured program for LGBTQ+ middle school and high school youth. Join us for board games, music, books, movies, and videos in our center. Come hang out with friends and mentors! Schedule: Every program night, 6pm until the start of programs.

Satellites

We host satellite events for middle and high school youth around MetroWest. Multiple satellite programs happen each month in rotating locations, typically on a Friday evening. Please check out our calendar and join our newsletter for the most up-to-date information.

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