A weekly, facilitated program where youth ages 11-18 who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ and their allies can meet supportive peers in a safe environment. Etcetera offers social activities, empowering discussions and special events.
The name “Etcetera” reflects the diversity of the young people who participate in the program, including those whose identities are more varied and expansive than what could ever be fully described in an acronym.
Etcetera brings queer youth together in an intersectional, dynamic, and supportive space where you can: explore identity, forge friendships, build your sense of self-worth, find resources for mental and physical health, and gain empowerment for yourself and others. Our members are 11-18 year olds who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies and More). We provide a space where you can make lasting friendships – you might even meet your new best friend here!
Etcetera also supports networking for parents and caregivers, provides youth leadership training, and occasionally hosts or participates in special events.
As a grassroots initiative supported by many organizational and community partners, Etcetera works to make Kelowna a city where 2SLGBTQIA+ youth are valued as integral to the fabric of our community tapestry.
$10 gives arts and craft supplies to promote youth self-expression
$25 provides snacks for an Etcetera group session
$50 makes it possible to have a youth peer mentor guiding meaningful discussion and activities at a session
$100 ensures that members can receive support from a staff facilitator with specialized training in diversity and mental health