Youth Programs

Youth Programs

All youth programs are free of charge, open to anyone regardless of identity or residency, and are offered for youth ranging from 12-22 years old.

For questions regarding Youth Programming, please contact Justin at or call (248) 398-7105.


Carl Rippberger Youth Drop-In Center and Discord Channel 

A safe space for youth ages 13-18 to engage their peers in networking, fun, and learning. The Youth Drop-In is open Fridays and Saturdays from 4-9 pm and is staffed by adult allies (volunteers). The Drop-In Center is equipped with an Xbox One, board games, foosball, Netflix, Disney+, and much more.

To replace the current absence of our on-site Youth Drop-In, Affirmations set up a DISCORD server. The Friday & Saturday 4-9 PM in-person option was replaced by this 24/7 access counterpart, for the duration of COVID restrictions. The youth are able to connect and express themselves in different themed “chat rooms” within our private server. This is offered to our youth ages 12-18 and is monitored by Affirmations’ staff and adult volunteers. For an invitation, please email Justin Bettcher at for information. 


Youth Leadership and Development Program – Applications Now Open

Sponsored by FCA Foundation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and the Walters Family Foundation, this is a 16-week, curriculum-based program that molds LGBTQ+ Youth, ages 12-22, into leaders by providing them with career development skills and advocacy tools. Topics include resume writing, interview skills, race and racism, mental health, self-care, safer sex, risk reduction, and much more.

Click here to apply for your chance to join.

#FinnItForward Fund

The #FinnItForward Fund was created by Finn It Forward, Affirmations, and other collaborative funders to assist LGBTQ+ individuals with emergency funding needs.
Click here to learn more about the fund and the application process. 

Finn It Forward, a non-profit organization created to honor the legacy of Finn Huston exists to support and reward individuals who exemplify kindness, leadership, courage, and creativity. This includes advancement in education, fine arts, and music as well as supporting the LGBTQ+ community.

Click here to visit FinnItForward.Org and learn more about the cause.

Pride Prom

An inclusive dance party complete with music, snacks, and fun themes for Youth ages 13-20 to attend. Attire is always come dressed for the theme or come as you are. Prom takes place on the same day as Ferndale Pride.


Youth Lock-In

An overnight experience for youth ages 12-18 to have the Center all to themselves. The Youth Lock-In features music, activities, games, crafts, and plenty of food to make it through an all-night party! This event takes place annually in the winter.


Summer Theatre Intensive

A two-week program during which youth will learn acting and improv skills from Reg Flowers, professional theatre actor and instructor, through interactive scenarios, all while crafting their own scripting for a performance on stage in front of an audience at the end of the intensive.


The Reading Rainbow

An LGBTQ+, social justice-focused book club hosted by Affirmations and the Ferndale Area District Library for young adults. The book club meets on the fourth Friday of each month, and books are available through the Library or Affirmations.






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