Individual Mentoring

For a youth it means having a mentor to do weekly activities with, either at an OUTreach Center or elsewhere.  The adult will be matched according to personality, interests and other factors the youth decides.  For a youth, the mentor will not only be a fun companion, but will also be a role model, help with school and work decisions, and be a helpful guide for navigating life.  With your mentor you will establish and work towards goals, whether it be improving grades, working on a special project, or preparing for college or getting a job. Most of all, it will be fun, sharing life’s joys and challenges with someone who cares.

An adult will experience an ongoing (at least 6 month) relationship with a youth that involves being together for 2 hours per week doing fun activities at OUTreach, going to a movie, an athletic activity, tutoring, playing games, or whatever suits you both. You and your youth will establish goals for the relationship that help the youth to improve personally, academically, and towards rewarding employment, now or in the future.  The time you share will have purpose and meaning for both of you, as you help your youth grow to be a confident, caring, healthy adult.

Group Mentoring

If individual mentoring isn’t for you, group mentoring gives many of the same benefits but without an ongoing time commitment. You will spend your time engaged in mentoring a group of youth with other mentors in one of the OUTreach center locations. The time you spend will be up to you, and may involve specific planned activities or simply showing up and mentoring when you are able.

Interested in becoming a mentor? Let us know.

Ally Training

We are pleased to provide ally training to various community groups, non-profit organizations, and for-profit organizations. It is our goal to continue expanding our ally training, making it accessible to groups statewide who interact with youth. We’ve developed an in-depth curriculum designed to improve the understanding of LGBTQ youth in an effort to better serve this population.

Through our decade of providing services to youth, we’ve learned that LGBTQ youth are especially under-served and that training such as ours goes a long way in helping organizations create more affirming and welcoming places for these youth. 

We offer trainings on a tiered sliding scale basis that makes our trainings affordable for organizations of every size.

Below is an explanation of costs associated with our training program. In addition to the costs lists below, round trip mileage (according to IRS standards) will be included. Groups without the financial means to pay for training may apply for a discounted or subsidized training. 

  • Tier 1: $25-$50 per hour
    • Individuals not associated with an organization.
    • Small non-profit entities (budget below $250,000)
    • Small for-profit entities (15 employees or less)
    • Individual departments within a medium-large organization (example: Sociology Department at a University or College)
    • Individual educators, classrooms, or student groups with little or no budget.
  • Tier 2: $50-$100 per hour
    • Medium non-profit organizations (budget of $250,000 - $500,000)
    • Medium for-profit organizations (15-50 employees)
    • Student groups (15 or more students)
  • Tier 3: $100-$200 per hour
    • Large non-profit organizations (budget of $500,000+)
    • Large for-profit organizations (50+ employees)
    • College and University professional development
    • College and University student groups with a budget
    • City, County, Tribal, and State government organizations

To learn more about this partnership or if you are interested in ally and advocate training, please contact us

LGBTQ Affirmative Programming

Did you know that LGBTQ youth are at high risk for homelessness, suicide, and sex trafficking? This is because LGBTQ youth experiencing family rejection at home, bullying at school, and hostility in the community.

According to the 2014 OUTreach Youth Survey:

  • 2/3 have experienced some form of abuse
  • 40% have been kicked out by their parents at least once
  • About 1/3 of the youth we serve are currently experiencing homelessness
  • 45% sometimes worry that they won’t have enough food to eat
  • Over ½ have been harassed at school because of their sexual orientation or gender identity
  • ½ do not feel safe in their school
  • 62% report having attempted suicide
  • 15% have engaged in survival sex

It is because of this that all of our programming is LGBTQ affirmative and welcoming, we pride ourselves on supporting LGBTQ youth and their friends. 

Next Step Program

Every year 5-8% of youth in the United States experience homelessness, resulting in high costs to these youth and to society as a whole, especially if youth homelessness extends into adulthood. The majority of youth experiencing homelessness do not complete high school. 

Rachel Peterson at the Homeless Youth Resource Center implemented a pilot program of the Next Step Program successfully in two groups in 2011 and 2012.  The first group was held in October – November 2011, the second in February – March of 2012. A total of sixteen youth participated in the pilot program with eight in each of the two groups. 

In 2013 Rachel Peterson founded the Cache Youth Resource Center in Logan, Utah in coordination with OUTreach Resource Centers. Following her successful introduction of the Streets to Scholars program at the Cache Youth Resource Center, Rachel introduced the program to the OUTreach Resource Centers Board of Directors which agreed to implement the program at all other drop-in centers operated by OUTreach Resource Centers. 

The Next Step Program is designed to encourage underserved youth to access post-secondary education and engage in long-term education and career planning. This program attempts to fill the current gaps in support for underserved youth by developing tools and skills that can help facilitate a supportive environment where positive relationships with educators and engagement in strengths-based curricula will foster the development of self-efficacy, while also providing participants with specific knowledge and skills related to engagement and success in post-secondary education and career training.

Because obtaining a career of interest and productivity is currently highly dependent upon earning a high school diploma and engaging in some form of post-secondary education or training, it is important that underserved youth receive the supports that they need to succeed academically. No empirically-supported, organized curriculum currently exists that can be used by school personnel to address the goal of transitioning underserved students from academic disengagement to high school completion and further along the educational road to post-secondary education.

Trans* Support

Trans* Support Groups

Ogden-Youth Group. This group is open to all gender variant,

gender  non-conforming, Gender exceptional and Transgender identifying youth (14-23 years old)

Hours:2nd and 4th Wednesday 6pm - 7pm.

Address: 2760 Adams Avenue Ogden, Utah 84403

Clearfield-Adult Group. This group is open to all gender variant,

gender non-conforming, Gender exceptional and Transgender identifying adults and Allies!

Hours: 1st and 3rd Thursday 7:30pm – 8:30pm.

Address: 782 East 700 South Clearfield, UT 84015.

Located in the offices of “Moore Good Ideas”.

Logan Youth Group. This group is open to all gender variant,

gender  non-conforming, Gender exceptional and Transgender identifying youth (14-23 years old)

Hours: 2nd and 4th Friday 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Address: 596 e 900 n Logan, Ut 84321

Logan Adult Group. This group is open to all gender variant,

gender non-conforming, Gender exceptional and Transgender identifying adults and Allies!

Hours: 1st and 3rd Friday 7:30 - 8:30 pm

Address: 596 e 900 n Logan, Ut 84321