Richmond Support Groups

All Richmond programs are held at 2311 Westwood Avenue in Richmond, VA 23230, unless otherwise noted. For more detailed information about weekly topics and special events, please visit our Side by Side Calendar.

LGBTQ+ Youth Support Group – Every Tuesday (ages 14-20)

This curriculum based support group engages youth in building successful strategies for healthy maturation and social development, and covers a range of topics, such as: being “out” in school, healthy relationships, body image, drugs and alcohol, and healthy role models. Community building activities are also held including game nights, a holiday party, pool party and Side by Side Thanksgiving. This group, for ages 14-20, is held on Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. If you are new to Side by Side, please try to arrive a bit early to be introduced to the world of Side by Side and fill out a confidential form.

Middle School Group – Every Wednesday
(ages 11-14)

This group is open to youth in Middle School (6th - 8th grade) and meets each Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. This curriculum based group topics include self-identity, relating to others, building trust, relationships and friendships, and getting along in society. Parental permission is required for this group. For more information or to sign up for the group please contact Emma Yackso.

Parents of Middle School youth are welcomed to join us for a parents’ discussion group every Wednesday during group.  This session allows for parents to ask questions, find resources, and connect with parents of other Middle School youth.

Youth of Color Support Group - the third Monday of every month (ages 14-20)

This dialogue-based support group is similar to our other youth support groups, but has a specific focus on topics and issues pertinent to youth of color. Groups are open to youth ages 14-20, and are held on the second and fourth Monday of the month. If you are new to Side by Side, please try to arrive a bit early to be introduced to the space and fill out a confidential member form. This group is facilitated by people of color and is exclusively for youth who identify as people of color and is a collaborative effort with The Virginia Anti-Violence Project.

Transgender Support Group – Every Thursday (ages 14-20)

This dialogue based support group covers many of the same topic areas as the LGBTQ+ youth support group, but has a focus on issues pertinent to trans youth or those questioning their gender identity. Groups are open to youth ages 14-20 and are held each Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30pm. If you are new to Side by Side, please try to arrive a bit early to be introduced to the world of Side by Side and fill out a confidential form.

Drop-In Hours (Monday - Friday)

Each week Side by Side is open for youth to drop by and use our resources. Youth are welcome Monday-Thursdays 3pm-9pm and 1pm-5pm on Fridays.