Eon Youth Program

Eon works to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual, two spirit, transgender, queer, questioning, intersexed, and straight ally youth communities by creating social opportunities, providing information and support on health issues, advocating for youth rights and challenging society’s perceptions of youth as they face institutionalized oppressions that target the many facets of their identities. Our events and activities are free of charge and open to all youth ages 23 and under.

Eon’s Activities, Events, and Services

Drop-In Center

The Eon “Lounge” drop-in center, located on 7th Street and 4th Avenue, is a safe hangout space for youth 23 and under. In addition to a small library, computer stations, games, music and art, the Eon Lounge has a wide variety of information and resources for youth. For information, please call 520-624-1779. Before participating in program activities, interested youth must meet with staff to complete an Eon Orientation, familiarize themselves with the Lounge, and ask questions about Eon and its programs. New youth orientations are held on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:00pm. If you cannot attend the Wednesday orientations and are interested in becoming a part of Eon or in learning more about Eon programs and services, please contact us or stop by during our regular drop-in hours. Our drop-in hours are: Monday through Friday: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday from 12pm-3pm Closed Sunday

Youth Groups

We have discussion and support groups almost every day in the Lounge for youth who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and their allies. The focus of each group ranges from general support, to fostering independent living skills, to peer advising. Please contact us for an overview of available groups. You can also visit our Calendar of Events for additional information regarding meeting times and updates.

Tutoring Program

P.R.E.P. (Positive Respectful Educational Possibilities), is the Eon Youth Lounge’s tutoring program. P.R.E.P.  volunteers can provide one-on-one assistance with homework and coursework, standardized exams, college preparation and planning, and job skills like resume writing and interviewing. Youth will need to refer to the monthly event calendar for dates and times for tutoring. It is drop in tutoring, so no appointments can be made via phone. If you have any questions regarding the P.R.E.P. program on what subjects the tutors can help with, please contact Kevin Jackson, Homeless Youth Project Coordinator, at kjackson@wingspan.org.

Leadership Development

Eon Youth presenting at the National GSA GatheringLeadership Development training workshops and annual leadership retreats are organized by and for Eon youth. These sessions are designed to promote skill development so that youth can be more actively involved in their communities.

 

Social Activities

In addition to hanging out in the Lounge, we have frequent social activities on Friday nights and throughout the year, including “Eon Idol” Karaoke, Gender Bender/Club Eon Nights, Queer Prom, Game Night, Movie Night, and Cafe Chat. Let us know if you want to be added to the Eon Listserv to receive special event updates and our monthly calendar. For more information about our social activities and becoming part of Eon, please contact Kevin Jackson, Homeless Youth Project Coordinator, at kjackson@wingspan.org.     Eon participants at OUTdoors Camp

Homeless Youth Services

We offer support to homeless and near-homeless LGBTQ and straight-allied youth, including expanded drop-in hours at The Lounge, street outreach, referrals to social service agencies, the Support OurSelves (SOS) support group, and allocation of emergency funds. For more information about homeless and at-risk youth services, contact Kevin Jackson, Homeless Youth Project Coordinator, at kjackson@wingspan.org.

Outreach

Eon provides support to existing Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs) and assists students in establishing new GSAs in their secondary schools. We also hold classroom presentations and trainings for social service providers in order to spread awareness about the many issues facing LGBTQ youth. If you are interesting in obtaining support for or establishing a GSA at your school, or in scheduling a class or training for your organization, please contact Kevin Jackson, Homeless Youth Project Coordinator, at kjackson@wingspan.org.Game Night

Safer Sex Workshops

Eon hosts a weekly Sex Chat, a discussion and informational group designed to educate around the topic of safer sex. These workshops are each Thursday from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. We are also able to offer educational workshops to interested youth-focused groups in the community. To schedule a workshop or learn more about safer sex and testing resources available through Eon, please email at Jsmith@saaf.org .

HIV Testing

Free and anonymous HIV Testing is offered at The Eon Lounge every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm. Testing is done by appointment as well as on a drop in basis with Eon’s Sexual Health Educator. Please call (520) 624-1779 ext. 117 if you would like to set up an appointment.

Volunteer at Eon!

Become a volunteer and strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight ally youth community. Empower youth and make positive change by providing information and support on heEon Volunteersalth issues, advocating for LGBTQ youth rights, and challenging society’s perceptions of youth. Join our volunteer team and work in a supportive environment that emphasizes the development of your interests and skills, and utilizes your unique talents. For more information about volunteering with or contributing to Eon, please contact us at eonyouth@wingspan.org.

Referrals

If we can’t help, we know who can!We can provide your with information and referrals to LGBTQ-friendly services.

For More Information on the Eon Youth Program

You can e-mail Wingspan’s Executive Director, Carol Grimsby at cgrimsby@wingspan.org or call (520) 624-1779, ext 125 or Kevin Jackson, Homeless Youth Project Coordinator, at kjackson@wingspan.org.  Eon welcomes everyone! To request program materials in an alternate format or to request reasonable accommodations please contact: Carol at (520)624-1779 x125 or cgrimsby@wingspan.org .