The Attic Youth Center’s mission is to create opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community and to promote the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.

Many LGBTQ youth continue to experience prejudice and oppression in their daily lives, which often leaves youth feeling isolated and vulnerable. The Attic community helps provide youth with a sense of belonging, connection, and understanding.

The Attic offers a wide range of programs and services designed to provide youth with the support and skills needed to transition into independent, thriving adults. The Attic strives to have a positive impact on all aspects of youth’s lives; to facilitate growth, empowerment, and resiliency; and to help youth find their voice, which is often silenced.

This video, produced by Gerald Kolpan, highlights The Attic’s life-changing programming for LGBTQ youth.

The Attic’s Bryson Institute delivers customized workshops and trainings on best practices for working with LGBTQ youth in schools, in workplaces, and within organizations.

LGBTQ Training with The Bryson Institute


Holistic Art Programing

In this eclectic program youth engage in art, story building, creative writing, silk screening, and learning activities designed to help youth Thrive. Thrive is an in-person program.



The Attic Youth Center 255 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA

SHINE is a queer-affirming support group. In this space, we explore the messages embedded in dominant culture narrative of Hyper-Normalization. Here, we read Hyper-Normalization as the homogenized notions of binary […]


From Gay to Z with Alex

From Gay to Z is a space for sharing, learning, exploring, and connecting over notions of community and identity with other LGBTQIA youth. Each week a letter of the alphabet […]


Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships is a group environment for youth to learn how to build interpersonal relationships with themselves and others (family, partners, peers, co-workers-etc.) through honesty, trust, and respect. Youth receive […]

Youth Supplies Distribution Day, Mon, Wed, Fri 3-6pm


(Work and Education Readiness for Queer Youth)

Paid afterschool programming at The Attic for youth ages 14-18

In-person Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at The Attic

To Join FALL-SPRING 2021-2022, fill out the WERQ After-school Internship Form