Youth Programs

LGBT youth bravely navigate a world that wasn't made for them. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center provides daily, professionally-staffed youth programs to build youth leadership, provide direct support, encourage health promotion, and to promote artistic expression for LGBT youth ages 14-21 in the Lehigh Valley. 

Our youth programs are grounded in a positive youth development framework where youth program participants are empowered to make programmatic decisions regarding the direction of the program and are offered leadership opportunities and skills development. We believe in a brave space model where our center is an affirming space for LGBT youth to be themselves. We also take great responsibility in promoting healthy youth decision making, including regular HIV testing, wellness check-ins, tobacco cessation, and non-partisan voter registration. We believe in a Lehigh Valley where LGBT youth voices are heard and validated and where youth can be the leaders of today.

Youth Programs Include:

Project Silk Lehigh Valley: Project Silk Lehigh Valley provides a daily, professionally-staffed, youth empowerment program for LGBT youth of color and their social networks, age 14-21. At this time, the program is offering some virtual activities, in addition to small groups hosted in person from 3:00 to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. In order to maintain small group sizes compliant with COVID-19 precautions, youth are asked to sign up in advance to participate in programming at

LGBT Emergency Services Pantry: The LGBT Emergency Services Pantry provides free toiletry products to homeless and housing-insecure LGBT youth in the Lehigh Valley. 

PowerON Allentown: PowerON Allentown provides opportunities for LGBT youth program participants at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to earn technology

Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisors Coalition: The GSA Advisors Coalition convenes GSA advisors from school districts across the Greater Lehigh Valley

Our Youth Programs team includes:

  • Adrian Shanker, Executive Director
  • Katie Suppes, M.Ed., Director of Programs, Research and Evaluation
  • Kim Ketterer, Youth Programs Manager

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a proud & active participant in the LGBT Youthlink network. A program of Centerlink, LGBT Youthlink is a national network of LGBT youth centers sharing best practices.