The Center/Horizons announces a new Youth Program team headed by Director Carmen Abrego. Youth Social Worker Nadeja Wesley, Young Women's Program Coordinator Katherine Weseman, and Public Ally Rosa Ortiz complete the staffing. New programs for which staff are being recruited are the Young Men's program and curriculum for the Community Technology center. Abrego, well known as a local poet and writer, has more than 20 years experience working with LGBTQ youth, most recently as director of Youth Education at Instituto Del Progreso Latino Prepatory Academy.
Youths age 15 to 21 in the Chicago area now have a new place to explore and develop their artistic talents, share in a provided meal, and hang out. The GATHER program takes place every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Broadway United Methodist Church, 3344 N. Broadway (one block north of Belmont). There is no commitment needed, and there's no charge to participate. GATHER is committed to providing a safe place for young people. While not exclusively for GLBT or questioning youth, the program is dedicated to providing a safe space for youth who are GLBTQ. Call (773) 348-2679 ext. 225, GATHERlakeview@ yahoo.com .