Youth Services

BCLA Youth Services provides education, support, resources, and services for young people in the Bergen County area.
We foster an inclusive, gender-affirming environment for all. 

Programs

Dove Lounge

Make Friends and Hang Out at Dove Lounge for LGBTQIA+ Teens and Allies in grades 7-12.

We meet monthly on Sundays 4pm-6pm at Temple Avodat Shalom 385 Howland Ave, River Edge, NJ

Join us for our Fall kickoff meeting on October 15th and click the flyer for details and upcoming dates on 11/19 and 12/17.

For more information, email dovelounge18@gmail.com

Young Adult LGBTQ+ Book Club

Come join us for our LGBTQ+ book club for grades 9-12 in a safe space to choose and discuss LGBTQ+ YA books and issues. RSVP or get more info from Bonnie Slockett at chasbon234@gmail.com or Sidra Razzaq at sidrarazz@gmail.com. Monthly at the Creskill Congregational Church at 88 Union Ave, Cresskill, NJ (parking and entry around the back).

Equality Mental Health is offering free College Advisement by Rayna Richardson, a senior at Howard University. Call 201-885-3522 to setup a free appointment.

HiTOPS groups create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to meet, socialize, offer and provide support, and participate in educational activities regarding healthy relationships, gender and sexuality, and more!

BCLA Receives Youth Grant!

BCLA is grateful and happy to be one of the organizations chosen to receive funding for a LGBTQ+ Youth Summer Enrichment Program with a grant from Together Outdoors, a coalition dedicated to making the outdoors a more inclusive space and more accessible to under-represented individuals.

Our Partnering Organizations

HiTOPS is a non-profit organization providing inclusive and youth-informed sex education and LGBTQ+ support for young people of all identities throughout New Jersey. You can find some of their ongoing support groups and services here:

Rainbow Cafe is a Northern NJ support and social group for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth in grades 6-12. Follow them on Instagram @rainbowcafennjj

They have events the 3rd Friday of every month at the Cresskill Congregational Church beginning at 7pm. You can find more info on that and other events here:

Bergen PFLAG provides a safe, friendly place where LGBTQ people, their parents, friends, and others can voice their feelings, fears, concerns and questions about homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender, and other related issues. They share the stories of our own distinctive journeys toward the goal of accepting and valuing our children, family, friends, and selves just as they are.


Meetings are ONLINE ONLY on the third Wednesday of every month.