Play it UP provides local middle and high school LGBTQA-identified youth a safe and supportive environment in which to have fun, gain support, and make new friends. The social group meets every other Friday from 6:00-7:00 at The UP Center to socialize and plan social events such as movie nights, bowling, and dances. Dinner and snacks are also provided at social group meetings!
Talk It UP is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning, and ally middle and high school youth in east-Central Illinois. Talk it UP is a peer-led, adult-supported group, operated through The UP Center. Adult facilitators include the UP Center Youth Coordinator, the UP Center youth co-chair, and a community member trained in working with vulnerable youth. The youth seat on the UP Board of Directors also assists in facilitating the group. Topics for the youth group are decided by the youth present but often include dating, coming out, bullying, coping with homophobia, and many others. Snacks are provided at each meeting. Information shared at Talk it UP is strictly confidential, including youth's presence at the meetings. Talk It Up meets every other Friday (alternating with Play It UP) from 6pm to 7pm at the UP Center.