Safe Spaces

The Safe Spaces programming offered at 18 Degrees aims to increase resilience, offer emotional and social support, and promote social connectedness. Our programming is designed to build a sense of belonging, encourage and foster social connection, strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence, increase safety through education awareness and risk reduction, and build youth leadership. The Safe Spaces programming provides a safe, inclusive, equitable, accessible, and healthy space for youth and young adults, to live out loud and be their authentic selves.

Programs Include

PRISM (Parents/Caregivers Respecting Identity and Sexuality in MA)
Meets monthly
A supportive, judgment-free space for parents and caregivers of LGBTQIA+ children (including adult children). Adjusting to the many changes in your child’s life can be challenging yet exciting! Hear from others who may have insight or shared experiences.

Families with Pride:
Meets weekly
This is an activity group intended for LGBTQ+ youth up to 11 and their family members. This group brings together families to build community and engage in fun & educational events.

Live Out Loud Middle School:
Meets weekly
A safe, supportive space for LGBTQ+  youth 11-14 to get together and express their authentic selves while having fun!

Live Out Loud High School:
Meets weekly
A safe, supportive space for LGBTQ+  youth 14-18 to get together and express their authentic selves while having fun!

Young Adult Affinity Group
Meets weekly
For  LGBTQ+ young adults ages 18-30. This group offers a safe and supportive space that centers LGBTQ+ -based conversation, virtual events, and workshops.

Check our event calendar for our full schedule of events and activities.

For more information about our Safe Spaces programming, please contact Emma Lenski emlenski@18degreesma.org (413) 770-7121 or Trevor Wheelock twheelock@18degreesma.org or 413-597-1259 or 413-448-8281 ext 241