Get Involved - Youth

There are many ways for youth to connect to the work of Side by Side beyond our weekly support groups.

Youth Engaged in Leadership (YEL)

In addition to participating in our weekly youth support groups in Richmond & Charlottesville, 14-20 year-old youth are encouraged to apply for YEL (Youth Engaged in Leadership).

YEL is open to LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 14-20.  This program provides a unique opportunity to acquire leadership skills through hands-on projects. Youth leaders in the YEL program are also responsible for coordinating the planning and logistics for Side by Side’s annual Alternative Prom.  YEL meets Monday evenings at the Side by Side Youth Center.


Youth may be interested in volunteering with Side by Side, including fulfilling volunteer hours required for school or other activities.  Side by Side has opportunities for youth to volunteer and help out around the Side by Side Youth Center including organizing and cleaning the center as well as providing support for special events like our annual Alternative Prom. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Jess Cook.