Pridelines offers a variety of programs and services for LGBTQ youth in Miami-Dade ages 14-24. We operate the only Drop-In Center for LGBTQ youth in Miami-Dade County. Programs offered at the Center include nightly support groups, meals and snacks, leadership opportunities through our Youth Council, weekly social activities, and monthly enrichment activities/social outings. All of our support groups use a peer-led, adult facilitated model. We also offer wraparound services for LGBTQ homeless youth through, Project SAFE (Safe Access for Everyone) a collaborative program of Pridelines and The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth. Through Project SAFE, LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness or are at risk of experiencing homelessness receive meals, toiletries, items from our clothing closet, and are linked to our LGBTQ Homeless Service Liaison for placement and supportive services. In addition to the Miami Shores location, Pridelines provides satellite support groups in Coral Gables and Cutler Bay.
Pridelines is committed to addressing health disparities in the LGBTQ community. We offer free, confidential HIV and STI testing and counseling services to all who wish to know their status. Additionally, we provide referrals for health related services (including mental health) to providers with a demonstrated history of providing competent, affirming services to LGBTQ individuals. For people living with HIV/AIDS, Pridelines offers a number of services including holistic therapies such as reiki, acupuncture, and massage therapy, as well as support groups to help reduce stigma and isolation. Since Miami leads the nation in number of new HIV infections, we also do HIV prevention education sessions and interventions for the community. One such intervention is Young Adults Taking Action, a comprehensive sex education program that provides accurate information about human sexuality and can access HIV/STI testing and safer sex materials to young adults ages 18-29.
Social and Support Groups
On any given weeknight, Pridelines is host to a number of social and support groups for the LGBTQ community. Current groups include Rainbow Circle, a discussion group for LGBTQ teens ages 14 to 18; Beyond the Binary, a discussion and empowerment group for trans*and gender non-conforming individuals; She-Spot, a discussion and empowerment group for female-identified individuals; Caribbean Queers, discussion group for LGBTQ individuals of Caribbean heritage; Young Adults Taking Action Sex Talks and Healing Circles, discussion and social group for young people ages 18 to 29; Friday Socials, social activities for LGBTQ youth and young adults to gather and network in a safe environment. For people living with HIV/AIDS, Pridelines also offers the following groups through its Positive Connections Program: Heterosexual support group; Gay/Bi Men's Roundtable; Spanish Speakers Support Group; Women's Group; Newly Diagnosed Group; Sero-Discordant Couples Group.
As the LGBTQ community center for Miami-Dade, Pridelines offers a wide variety of services to meet the needs of adults searching for connection and resources. One of our most utilized services is the David Bohnett CyberCenter where community members can access state of the art computers for job searches, creating resumes, applying for benefits, completing school assignments, doing research, or just connecting to the larger community. The Center also offers free Wi-Fi for those who do not have internet access at home. Other Center services include a lending library with hundreds of books and movies relevant to the LGBTQ community. Finally, the Center has meeting space available to other community groups and organizations looking for a safe place to gather.
Volunteer and Community Service
For those looking to give back to the community, Pridelines offers a number of volunteer and community service opportunities. Students who need community service hours for school can volunteer through Pridelines' Youth Council. Adults can volunteer to serve as group facilitators, work special events, or serve on our program committee to help plan youth enrichment activities. Volunteers with specialized skills can lend their professional expertise to the organization. For those community members who need to complete community service hours, Pridelines will provide those opportunities on a case by case basis.