Lambert House offers LGBTQ youth over 20 different programs, activities, resources, and services on an ongoing, year-round basis.
Lambert House is open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth ages 11-22 for drop-in Monday through Friday from 4-9:30pm (see our calendar for holiday closures and breaks). The Lambert House drop-in center was cited as a model for best practices of drop-in for youth by the Washington State Board of Health in 2007. Lambert House closes for weather when Seattle Public Schools close. If Seattle Public Schools are on late-start, Lambert House will be open as normal. If Seattle Public Schools are on early dismissal or are closed all day, Lambert House will not open for drop-in or other programs - see our Facebook page for updates during inclement weather.
New youth are asked to complete a one-time, 25-minute orientation on their first visit to our drop-in center during normal hours (M-F 4-9:30pm). Orientation includes a demographic intake form (identifying information kept confidential, demographic data aggregated for reports to funders), overview of our House Rules, program calendar, and a tour of our youth spaces. Orientation is required before participation in most Lambert House activities, including Outdoor trips or other field trips, with the exception of our large off-site events (i.e. Pink Prom, Halloween Dance, etc.). Orientations do not need to be scheduled in advance. When parents come with their children, we offer parents a tour as well. Staff are happy to schedule meetings with parents, but those do need to be scheduled in advance. Contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a meeting.
The Lambert House drop-in center is an open, comfy, cozy space where LGBTQ youth make friends and have fun. We have dozens of board games, a full-sized pool table, puzzles, video games, a piano, guitar, library, computer lab, and lots of other fun activities available.
Youth receive informal mentoring through relationships built with adult volunteers and staff. More than 70 community members, after completing our thorough vetting and training program, facilitate community building and programs with youth. They (currently) range in age from 23 to 77, and represent a diverse array of careers, identities, personalities, and life experiences. Industries represented include hi-tech, medicine, social service, retail, management, corporate finance, project management, and much more!
Transgender Support Group
Mondays, 7-8:30pm. Facilitated by transgender adults, this group provides a chance for youth who have questions or are exploring their gender identity, or who identify as transgender, to get to talk with adults and other youth about their experiences, feelings, and issues. (Download the group flyer)
Ultra Violet (formerly No Man’s Land) Support Group
All LGBTQ+ women & women-aligned youth are invited to this discussion group. Topics range from family to school to like/lust/love relationships. Join us in this safe space to discuss how smart, strong, & courageous young women and women-aligned individuals are living & experiencing life.
Violets were a code between lesbian and bisexual women inspired by Sappho’s poems in which her lover wore garlands or a crown of violets.
Respect for others' personal experiences, ideas & privacy is required (Download the group flyer)
Boys Who Like Boys Support Group
Thursdays, 7-9pm. Topics range from family issues to school happenings to like/lust/love relationships. All queer males welcome. Respect for others' personal experiences and ideas is required, as well as respect for their privacy. Come discuss how to navigate the world as a queer male. (Download the group flyer)
Dinner with Divas
Drop-in Days, 6pm. Lambert House volunteers cook and serve dinner five nights a week for youth, volunteers, and staff. These meals serve as important community-building opportunities, and a source of healthy nutrition for those that may not have regular access. We ask our meals volunteers to provide a vegetarian option with each meal.
Queer Movie Night
Fridays, 7pm. A series of LGBTQ films and TV episodes are shown weekly in our living room. See the calendar page for the current film. The film series curator is open to requests for next year's schedule. (Download the movie schedule)
Every Wednesday, 7-8:30pm starting in September 2019 (previously was 4:30-6pm). Make art! Have fun! Come to Lambert House and express your creativity! The group will also coordinate opportunities for youth to be a part of Art Shows, submit art to contests, and more! No experience needed! Lambert House youth designed and painted a permanent art installation at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle and murals for two METRO bus shelters, among many other projects. Art supplies also available to use during drop-in hours. (Download the Art Group flier)
"Lambert House has so many diverse programs and acitivites, there is always something that draws my interest and stimulates my mind."
Activities & Resources
Youth-Led Dances & Events
Each year, committees of Lambert House Youth Event Interns and volunteers plan dances and other large social events for LGBTQ youth. These typically include events for Valentine's Day, Pink Prom, Pride Weekend, and Halloween. Event attendance, depending on the event, can range from 50 to more than 200.
Youth-Led Education, Workshops, & Activities
These have included Learn to Code, ASL lessons, bike repair workshops, activism training, field games, and more! Youth interested in volunteering to organize and create events/programs should talk with a staff member, or fill out our youth volunteer application. Come learn from fellow peers in all they have to offer.
HIV Prevention Education
Get resources, ask questions, and read up on how to stay safe. A great topic for our support groups, peruse our resource table, or talk with any of the adult volunteers or staff. Lambert House also provides referral to free teen health clinics and testing centers.
Enjoy and checkout many books and resources focused on the LGBTQ experience. Our library has over 3,000 books organized in topic-based sections including young adult, athletics, mystery, biographies, graphic novels, and more!
A licensed, volunteer hair stylist visits Lambert House provides free haircuts for LGBTQ youth on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4-7pm. Haircuts help LGBTQ youth build confident, self-esteem, prepare for interviews, and feel good about how they are presenting themselves. (Download the group flyer)
Youth Event Interns
Lambert House has up to 10 stipend-paid internship opportunities per year that are responsible for working on a team and planning large LGBTQ youth social events. Check out our Event Intern application for more information.
Youth are a part of community building at Lambert House in a number of ways, including by volunteering! Youth volunteers help in a variety of ways including youth event planning, yard work, maintenance, office work, and more! Community service hours can be verified for school, too! Check out our youth volunteer application for more information.
David Bohnett CyberCenter
The CyberCenter has resources to support school projects, job applications, LGBTQ research, and personal connection. Our PCs have high-speed internet, software such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, printers, and headphones. The CyberCenter is chaperoned by volunteers who can assist youth with tasks including research, resumes, and applications. Lambert House thanks the David Bohnett Foundation for its support of our computer lab, the David Bohnett CyberCenter.
Lambert House provides short-term case management for youth experiencing a variety of needs including housing instability, food insecurity, public transportation and identification, medical and mental health, searching for supportive faith communities, resources to give to parents, and more. With a variety of volunteers, including folks that work in counseling or social services, we can provide support and referral any day of the week for a variety of needs.
Our new program on 2nd Thursdays of the month, 4 pm to 7 pm, offered by Sky who also provides haircuts on 2nd Tuesdays. Makeup, hats, and wigs – this isn’t just about drag, it’s about achieving the look you want, and one hat or one wig are yours to keep if you want. (Download the group flyer)
There are many physical and mental health benefits to being in green spaces including improving cardiovascular and muscular health, and easing stress levels. Plus, it’s fun! Lambert House provides monthly opportunities for LGBTQ youth to experience the amazing forests, lakes, rives, and mountains around us. Our trips are a great way to make friends, and enjoy the outdoors.
See our NEW page for the Outdoor Education and Recreation program including the schedule, information about the upcoming trip, and our new online registration! You may also register in person at Lambert House up to 2 weeks prior to the trip.
Arts & Culture
Lambert House takes advantage of donated tickets and youth ticket programs to go on field trips to Seattle Women's Chorus & Seattle Men's Chorus shows, plays & musicals, LGBTQ film showings, LGBTQ athletics, opera, art exhibits, museums, and other LGBTQ community events. Lambert House provides chaperoning and transportation for these events and requires that minors who are transported by Lambert House go back to Lambert House at the end of the field trip unless otherwise arranged in advance.