Youth programs

Project SILK Lehigh Valley creates brave space for LGBT youth of color and their social networks to be themselves. Project SILK Lehigh Valley provides daily, professionally-staffed youth programs for LGBT youth ages 14-21, builds leadership among LGBT youth and provides HIV interventions to empower youth to be their own healthcare advocates. 

As a youth empowerment program, Project SILK Lehigh Valley develops youth leadership within the program. Program participants have a clear voice in determining the direction of the program.

Hours of Operation: Project SILK Lehigh Valley is open from 3-7pm Monday-Friday.

****Summer Hours beginning June 26, 2017 until Labor Day weekend are from 12-5pm Monday-Friday, with special programs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7pm****

For information, email

The program is supported by professional staff:
Program Coordinator: Andrew Palomo, Valley Youth House
Youth Programs Manager: Kim Ketterer, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Clinical Counselor: Amy George, LCSW, Valley Youth House
Peer Mentor: Chloe Cole-Wilson, Valley Youth House
Medical Director: Dr. Joseph Yozviak, D.O., AIDS Activities Office at Lehigh Valley Hospital

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisor Coalition convenes GSA advisors from school districts across the Greater Lehigh Valley to help connect them with each other and with community resources to support the LGBT youth they serve in their schools. The GSA Adviser Coalition is chaired by Rachel Zane, adviser to the Allen High School GSA in the Allentown School District. If you are a GSA adviser who wants to get involved, email

LGBT Emergency Services Pantry provides free toiletry products to homeless and housing-insecure LGBT youth in the Lehigh Valley. The pantry is available to Project SILK program participants during Project SILK hours.

Donations for the LGBT Emergency Services Pantry are welcome. Donations are accepted on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 1pm and 6pm, or by appointment. 

Items we need include (travel size is best for all items when relevant and ONLY unused items can be accepted):
 - toothbrushes (wrapped)
 - toothpaste
 - chapstick
 - mouthwash
 - shampoo
 - conditioner
 - lotion
 - soap
 - handwarmers / footwarmers
 - deodorant
 - tampons / pads
 - wet wipes (individually wrapped)
 - flashlights
 - small packets of laundry detergent
 - shaving cream
 - disposable razors
 - pocket-size mirrors