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Guelph Today: Arts-based drop-in centre for LGBTQ+ youth begins pilot project

University of Guelph, LGBTQ, experiential learning, arts, arts and culture, research, Sophia Thompson Campbell, Youth Development, City of Guelph, youth servicesThe Guelph Youth Council is hoping a five-week pilot projecting offering a drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth will be a success with the possibility to become a permanent fixture.

Jenn Bucci, Youth Services coordinator with the City of Guelph, said the LGBTQ+ drop-in centre will be operated from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the next five Fridays at Evergreen Seniors Centre on Woolwich St.

No seniors events are planned at the centre over the course of the five-week pilot program, said Bucci, so the drop-in centre will not interfere with seniors programming.

The need for a dedicated drop-in space for LGBTQ+ youth was identified by third-year University of Guelph student Sophia Thompson Campbell, who is in a 12-week placement with the City’s Youth Services as part of her Youth Development program.

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