Parents & Guardians

Thank you for supporting your child and your interest in WNC Youth OUTright. The following contains some frequently-asked questions from parents. If you still have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at info@youthoutright.org or 828.772.1912.  Also, if you would like to talk with other parents about how they deal with their children’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and any other issues that they as parents of LGBTQ youth may have already confronted, please contact Youth OUTright. 

If you are looking for supportive faith-based institutions, LGBT national, state, regional, and local organizations, and other information about high school and college campus support please visit Links & Resources.

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 What Happens at a Youth OUTright Meeting?
Meetings are free, confidential and open to youth ages 14-23. Refreshments are served, and free educational pamphlets and newspapers are available for you and your kids to take home. Check our calendar on our homepage for upcoming programs! It’s a very casual, friendly atmosphere with 2 trained adult facilitators present to ensure that meetings are safe, welcoming and supportive.

Parents’ Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I attend a YO meeting with my child?
A: No. Youth OUTright was created to be a safe space for youth ages 14-23 only. They need a space that is confidential, welcoming and based on a peer-only model. This is a social environment in which your child can develop.  We encourage you to positively communicate with your child at home regarding LGBTQ issues, because it is important for them to have a clear, open line of communication with their parent(s).

Q: How do I talk to my child about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender issues?
A: We encourage open, balanced discussions at home, at a time that’s right for you and your child.  Remember to listen with an open mind, ask questions to understand, and don’t be offended if your child doesn’t communicate everything to you immediately.  If you feel uncomfortable talking to your child at home, try making an appointment with a local mediation center or getting together with a member of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) together as a family.   Contact us at 828.772.1912 or info@youthoutright.org for local PFLAG chapters.

Q: How do I know if a meeting is cancelled?
A: We will change the meeting status on the meeting schedule here on the website and post an announcement on the front page and our FaceBook account. We will also send a Twitter message.  Meetings will never be cancelled if we can help it, but it is a good idea to sign up for meeting updates via Twitter or check the web site frequently).

Q: Can I enter the building at the end of the meeting to pick up my child?
A: No. In order to respect the privacy and confidentiality of the youth attending the meeting, we ask parents, guardians and others providing transportation to please wait outside in their cars until the meeting is over. Sunday meetings end at 6:00 p.m.

Q: Can my child come to a meeting if he/she doesn’t identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?
A: Yes.  We encourage all questioning youth and “straight allies” to attend.

Q: Can you recommend other local resources for my child?
A: We try to recommend local resources based on each individual situation, as each child has different needs. Please visit Links & Resources or contact us at info@youthoutright.org or 828.772.1912 if you need further assistance.

Q: How do you recruit volunteers and group facilitators?
A: Volunteers are recruited on an ongoing basis.  All volunteers must fill out a volunteer form and have a brief informal phone interview with the Volunteer Coordinator of the Executive Director.  Youth meeting facilitators must complete a volunteer form, have a brief informal phone, attend an orientation session, and are subject to an official background check.

Directions to the First Congregational United Church of Christ (FCUCC, 20 E. Oak Street, Asheville)

From the West:

  • Take I-240 East to the Charlotte Street Exit (5-B)
  • At the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto Charlotte Street
  • At the next light turn right onto College Street
  • Take your first right onto Oak St.
  • FCUCC is on your left (20 Oak St.)

From the East:

  • Take I-240 West to the Charlotte Street Exit (5-B)
  • At the light, turn left onto Charlotte Street
  • At the second light turn right onto College Street
  • Take your first right onto Oak St.
  • FCUCC is on your left (20 Oak St.)

 Parking

Parking for Sunday youth meetings is available at the following:

  • The small parking lot directly behind the church.
  • Beside the church in the bank lot (south). This is the best place for people with mobility issues since the accessibility entrance is on this side of the church. Handicapped parking is also available on the street in front of the church.
  • Next door In the Preferred Properties Realty lot (north).
  • On the street or in the county health department’s large lot (further north).
  • Please do NOT park at One Oak Plaza or in any lots belonging to the First Baptist Church across the street — you may be towed.