What: Common Bond U-21
Where: 1103 Texas St., Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110-7813
When: Every Friday Night from 7pm – 9:30pm
For more than thirty years, Common Bond’s U-21 Project has provided one of the only places for Albuquerque’s LGBTQ youth to socialize in a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment. Every Friday night, Albuquerque youth under the age of 21, come together to discuss issues and play games in an environment free of bullying or judgement, an environment where every student can express their true self without fear of being teased, mistreated, or physically harmed. In a world where LGBT rights are still being debated, and members of the LGBT community are still victims of prejudice and abuse, organizations such as U-21 are critical to the health and well being of our city’s youth.
Participants in U-21 reflect a wide spectrum of race, religion, and socio-economic backgrounds.
The participants are all different and understandably have different reasons for attending U-21. Most young people come every Friday night because they enjoy playing games and socializing with their peers. We work to provide an environment that can be fun as well as supportive and educational. We frequently invite guest speakers from outside organizations.
U-21 is facilitated by an inspiring group of volunteers that have all been vetted by the program organizer and agree to abide by strict confidentiality and no-fraternization policies. Facilitators have reach-back capability to several licensed counselors and contacts at the Children Youth and Families Department, should the need arise to refer a matter out to a trained social worker.
Thanks to grant from Sandia National Laboratories Foundation, we have recently expanded our Friday night activities to include a parents-only meeting at a separate location.
We are still developing the parent program to find the best way of meeting the needs of youth’s parents. Meetings of the parent program can be found on the calendar by clicking here.
In addition to Friday night activities, U-21 sponsors events throughout the year. Approximately once a month we organize trips to the movies, for our movie schedule check the Calendar of Events link listed below.
Once a year we participate in Annual Albuquerque Pride festival where our youth have an opportunity to march with their friends in the Pride parade or just hang out and have fun at the festivities at the fairgrounds.