Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

LYRIC Response to Coronavirus Health Crisis and Shelter-In-Place Mandate

As San Francisco’s residents are told to stay home in response to the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, LYRIC is keeping their lights on for the city’s most vulnerable youth.  LYRIC youth are low-income (99%), youth of color (78%), and 24% are immigrants; 61% have urgent needs for mental health/substance use services, 45%  are persons with disabilities, and 39% are homeless/unstably housed. Our participants have compounding risk factors associated with their LGBQQ identity (87%) and nearly half (47%) identifying as transgender/gender non-conforming (TGNC). Our youth are navigating unsupportive relationships with parents, cyber-bullying, and limited access to support. LYRIC’s programs are often the ONLY safe space our youth can have their identities acknowledged and accepted. LYRIC, therefore, is committed to offer ongoing support to our youth during these difficult times, including providing the following services:

Mental Health/Psycho-Social Support Groups

In the best of times, LGBTQQ young people experience isolation resulting in increased mental health challenges and barriers to positive youth development.  Our youth are reporting “the current pandemic and requirements to shelter-in-place have heightened the need for connection.”  LYRIC is stepping up by providing access to one-on-one support by phone, text, video chat, and group video format for continued group connection.  LYRIC staff who support middle school students, high school students, and transitional aged youth (TAY 18-24) continue to connect with participants and offer tangible supports to youth.

Workforce Development/Paid Internships

With the shelter-in-place mandates, many people are being laid off, especially in the service industry.  LYRIC is maintaining paid workforce development internships using a group video format that keeps youth interns engaged, learning, and earning money.  We currently have two cohorts of participants that have transitioned from in-person to on-line format without missing one scheduled session. An additional cohort specifically supporting TAY was launched in early April 2020.

Safety Net Services

Access to safety net services and basic needs have been strained by the Coronavirus crisis.  LYRIC’s Health & Wellness Navigation staff are working to connect LGBTQQ youth to healthcare and housing, and LYRIC Youth Advocates continue to support youth in accessing needed services and supports, including emergency supply gift cards.

We hope that the increased needs of our participants will be matched by increased giving from our funding partners, so none of our youth feel isolated, go unpaid, or have unmet basic needs. Together we can continue to keep LYRIC’s lights on for LGBGTQQ youth in San Francisco.


Services at LYRIC for LGBTQQ+ youth during shelter-in-place

LYRIC LIVE phone reception – ALL AGES

LYRIC Program staff will link youth to the support they need

Call (415) 703-6150 x 100 or email

Monday – Friday, 11 am – 6 pm (closed 1 pm – 2 pm)

Access to HIV Prevention/PrEP – (13 – 24 yrs old)

LYRIC Staff can help facilitate the process for youth to get tested and access HIV prevention /PrEP during shelter-in-place

Contact Gustavo (he/him/his) at or learn more at

Detention/In-custody based supports

LYRIC’s detention/in-custody based supports at JJC & County Jail on hiatus during “shelter-in-place” order

Detained youth and in-custody young adults (18-24) can contact Priya (they/them/their) for 1:1 support.

Housing referrals

Housing assessment and navigation, includes access to funds to stay housed

Contact Adam (he/him/his) at

Transitional Aged Youth (TAY 18-24 yr olds) Advocacy and Groups

Youth advocate 1:1 support

Contact Priya (they/them/their) at or Lee-Or (she/her/hers) at

LYRIC Community Building groups

Good Lovin’

Start Date: May 13, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Topic: Healthy Relationships

For more information on community building groups contact Enzo at

Sex Worker Advocacy Group (SWAG)

Start Date: May 14, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Topic: Sex worker rights and safety


For more information on community building groups contact Enzo at

Leadership and Workforce Development (24 YR and younger)

Community Leadership Program (TAY 18-24)

Paid employment and virtual cohort

Next cohort begins September 25, 2020

Contact Nikia (they/them/their) at

Mentorship (TAY 18-24)

Next cohort begins September 16, 2020

Contact Wendy (they/they/their; she/her/hers) at

Artistic Resistance (TAY 18-24)

Paid employment

Next cohort begins September 17, 2020

Contact Nikia (they/them/their) at

UndocuWorkforce Internship (14 – 24)

Youth who are undocumented or from immigrant communities

Paid employment and virtual cohort

Includes 1:1 Youth Advocacy

Contact SLI at

Summer in the City Internship (14 – 18)

Paid employment and virtual cohort

Includes 1:1 Youth Advocacy

Contact SLI at

Younger Youth (18 and under)

What’s the T? – Community Building Group

Virtual cohort for Trans Gender Non-Conforming youth 18 years old and younger

Contact Sonemani (they/them/their) at

1:1 Youth Advocacy

Middle School Q Group members: Felicia (they/them/their; she/her/hers) at

High School Q Group members: Amara Hazina (she/her/hers) at

Middle School and High School Q Groups

LYRIC resumed virtual groups mid-April 2020 concurrent with SFUSD virtual classroom start.

Contact SBI Team at