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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 one internship about to be launched virtually on October 13, 2020.

Safety Net Services

Access to safety net services and basic needs have been strained by this 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.

– LYRIC

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 lyricinfo@lyric.org

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

IN-PERSON Resources – ALL AGES

Every Friday, 3 – 5 pm, youth can pick up free food to-go, hygiene kits, safer sex supplies, MUNI tokens, $10 gift cards, and connect with LYRIC Youth Advocates at the LYRIC.

LYRIC is located at 127 Collingwood St., San Francisco, 94114

Outdoor patio access ONLY, wheelchair accessible

Call/text Enzo at (415)690-0054 or email mars@lyric.org

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 Bishop (they/them/their) at bishop@lyric.org or learn more at lyric.org/PrEP

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) priya@lyric.org for 1:1 support.

Housing referrals

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

Learn more about LYRIC’s housing referrals and navigation, view here.

Contact Adam (he/him/his) at adam@lyric.org

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

Youth advocate 1:1 support

Contact Priya (they/them/their) at priya@lyric.org or Lee-Or (she/her/hers) at lee-or@lyric.org

LYRIC Community Building Groups

Accessibility Notes: Groups held primary in English. Groups will meet virtually starting May 2020 until further notice.

For more information about LYRIC Community Building Groups, view here.

Sex Worker Advocacy Group (SWAG)

Start Date: Thursday September 24, 2020

Time: 3 – 5 PM

Topic: Sex worker’s rights, safety, and community

Note: OPEN ONLY TO SEX WORKERS (current and former)

For more information on SWAG contact Enzo at mars@lyric.org

Sex Talks

Start Date: Wednesday September 23, 2020

Time: 3 – 5 PM

Topic: Consensual, safe and healthy sex practices.

For more information on Sex Talks, contact Enzo at mars@lyric.org

Leadership and Workforce Development (24 years old and younger)

Community Leadership Program (TAY 18-24)

Paid employment and virtual cohort

Contact Nikia (they/them/their) at nikia@lyric.org

For more information about Community Leadership Program, view here.

Mentorship (TAY 18-24)

Contact Wendy (they/they/their; she/her/hers) at wendy@lyric.org

For more information about Mentorship, view here.

Artistic Resistance (TAY 18-24)

Paid employment and virtual cohort

Contact Nikia (they/them/their) at nikia@lyric.org

For more information about Artistic Resistance, view here.

UndocuWorkforce Internship (14 – 24)

Paid employment and virtual cohort

Youth who are undocumented or from immigrant communities

Includes 1:1 Youth Advocacy

For more information about UndocuWorkforce and Sequoia Leadership Institute’s youth internships, view here.

Contact SLI at leadership@lyric.org

Younger Youth (18 years old and under)

What’s the T?  – A TGNC Youth Space (Community Building Group)

Start Date: Friday September 18, 2020

Time: 4 – 5 PM

Topic: Virtual Trans Gender Non-Conforming space for youth 18 years old and younger to learn about the diversity of genders and sexualities, and TGNC health & wellness

For more information on What’s the T? contact Sonemani (they/them/their) at sonemani@lyric.org

1:1 Youth Advocacy

Middle School Q Group members: Felicia (they/them/their; she/her/hers) at felicia@lyric.org

High School Q Group members: Amara Hazina (she/her/hers) at amarahazina@lyric.org

Middle School and High School Q Groups

LYRIC resumed virtual groups mid-April 2020 concurrent with SFUSD virtual classroom start. LYRIC and SFUSD will announce schedule and availability for school-year 2020-2021 imminently.

For more information about LYRIC’s School-Based initiative, contact the SBI Team at sbi@lyric.org