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. 

Affiliated Programs

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

For more information, email

College Advisement

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!

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:

The PFLAG Paramus chapter 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.

Find more information by emailing  or calling 551-310-6592.

You can also find the Paramus chapter on social media at PFLAG Paramus | Paramus NJ | Facebook and PFLAG Paramus (@pflagparamus) • Instagram photos and videos