one•n•ten is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving and assisting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 14 to 24. From weekly discussion groups to fun, social networking events, we create a safe space, mentally and physically, for youth of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. We also offer resources to promote healthy choices and living.
Youth with particular needs have the option to speak with peers or volunteers one-on-one, in a supervised setting. We provide youth with a variety of tools and opportunities to improve self-esteem and self-acceptance.
Services They Provide:
Basic Needs Services
High School Diploma/GED
Downtown Phoenix Youth Center
The Center is open Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Parsons Center for Health & Wellness, located at: 1101 N Central Ave. | Phoenix, AZ 85004. Please note if you are over the age of 18 the Center is closed to you on Thursdays and if you are under the age of 18 you cannot attend on Fridays. one•n•ten staff are available Monday-Friday for resource hours by appointment.
Every Tuesday from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Crews’n Healthmobile is parked at Parsons Center with a clinician on board. This 38-foot Medical Mobile Unit is outfitted with three exam rooms and the latest technology offering comprehensive medical help.
The center has clothing, hygiene products, safe showers, and food assistance and homeless navigation between 3-4:30 pm.
Center offers lifeskills and empowering programs each night from 4-6:30 pm.
QBLC High School
QBLC opened in March of 2012 to provide LGBTQ and Straight Allied Youth a welcoming and safe space to earn their high school diploma. QBLC is a partnership with Arizona Virtual Academy, a public online charter school.
QBLC gives students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma. The plan is designed to organize and properly sequence each student’s coursework while helping articulate his or her academic strengths and weaknesses.
QBLC offers Math, English, Science, and History in multiple versions- Core, Comprehensive, Honors, Advance Placement, Remediation Courses and even Credit Recovery. Students can choose from a variety of electives including Public Speaking, Anthropology, and Green Design and Technology.
Students have two enrollment options. The first follows a traditional semester schedule with youth enrolled in six online classes. The other options, allows students to enroll in the block schedule where they take three classes every nine weeks. All textbooks and classes are 100% online.
Interested students must meet with the program’s Site Director Wallace Hudson to review their individual academic and career goals, tour the one•n•ten Youth Center and discus the online learning community before starting the application process (need a guardian to enroll student).
Promises of a New Day Housing Program (WAITLIST)
Promise of a New Day participants live in single-occupancy studio apartments in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The building’s proximity to a variety of businesses, services, and the Metro Valley Light Rail makes it easy for participants to access education, services, and jobs throughout the valley. Though each participant lives independently, all youth are housed in the same building, allowing them to develop a sense of community and a 24-hour network of support among themselves.
How the Program is Structured
It is a supportive housing program designed to help one•n•ten youth experiencing homelessness gain the skills necessary to successfully transition to independent living. one•n•ten’s Case Manager works closely with the youth to ensure they have the resources to succeed. This includes job training, life skill training, mental health counseling, transportation, and personal development goal-setting to guide their path.
Career and Educational Development
Through one•n•ten’s educational development programs such as Q high, and collaborations with other valley-wide educational and work-force development programs, youth participants that are a part of Promise of a New Day are connected with the resources necessary for them to continue developing personally, educationally and professionally.
Camp OUTdoors! brings LGBTQ youth from all over AZ together with a common purpose to be open, learn from, respect and support each other and our community. Camp is about respect, teamwork, growing as a person, learning new things, getting out of your comfort zone, having fun, learning how to better the community around you, with a message that each and every one of us can make a difference. Camp activities vary and evolve each year and range from educational workshops on topics like “LGBTQ History” and “Non-Violent Communication” to community activities like our 250 person drum circle, variety show, and zip-lining! At Camp OUTdoors! we believe that true empowerment comes from within an individual, we are here to support and facilitate that process!
The one·n·ten Trans* Group is run by staff and volunteers that embrace the Trans* umbrella, pangender, cisgender allies, MTF, and non-conforming-gender adult volunteers.
Collectively the volunteers are focused on empowering the youth and the future community through programs of basic life-changing skills, advocating for youth to understand different ways to educate themselves and others. The programming focuses on providing a base education and emphasizes the fact that being Trans* is a part of nature and there is nothing wrong with fitting anywhere along the Trans* spectrum.
Trans* Group offers a safe space for youth to embrace their gender identity in a non-gendered, non-gender-conforming atmosphere. We embrace the facts that there are many different ways for each individual to transition. We encourage each youth to find their own comfort level regarding their gender identity and to discover their own path on their transition journey. All of the programming is driven by the youths’ ideas and needs that are voiced.
Programming includes activities such as: interactive games, art projects, field trips, leadership skills, safe social and life skills, and tools to set up their future such as applying for college or jobs. Staff and adult volunteers support the youth and give them tools to create their own structure of community with each other, teaching them to build a strong and compassionate future for themselves. It is through these ideals, programming, and leadership one·n·ten Trans* Group hopes to bring stronger bonds in family and communities and a safe and strong mindset for the youth that the world still holds many opportunities for them.