The Compass Youth Program

For more than 25 years, Compass has provided a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth in Palm Beach County. At Compass, LGBTQ youth and their allies engage in social support, community service, arts & cultural activities, educational, and leadership opportunities.

We strive to ensure all youth in Palm Beach County are safe from discrimination and harassment, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. More than 1,000 youth and their families have accessed services through our Youth program since its inception, making it one of the longest running and largest LGBTQ youth programs in the southeast United States.

The Drop In Center

Compass’ Youth Drop-In Center is for LGBTQ youth and their allies (ages 12-18).

It’s a safe space to hang out, use computers, talk about the issues that matter to you, engage with mentors and connect with your community.

Drop in hours: Monday - Friday 3pm to 7pm

Youth Group: Wednesday 5pm to 7pm

Transgender Youth Group: Fridays 5pm to 7pm

Q Chat

Can’t get to Compass in person? Join conversations on Q Chat Space

Like Compass’ youth groups, Q Chat Space online discussion groups give you a dedicated space to meet other youth and discuss topics relevant to your identities and experiences - it’s just online! It is not a forum. It is live and chat-based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time. Facilitators are people who work at LGBTQ centers across the US.

Go to to check it out and see topics and times.

Our Services

Youth Group

Wednesday 5pm-7pm

The Compass Youth Group is for LGBTQ teens and allies ages 12-18.

Come make new friends and discuss the issues that matter to YOU! This group is open— anyone can join at any time!  For more information, please contact Amanda Canete at 561-533-9699 or at

Transgender Youth Group

Every Friday 5pm-7pm

Social support group for transgender youth ages 12-18.

To join this group please contact Lucas O'Ryan at 561-533-9699 ext. 4040 or

Compass Mentor Program

Compass’ Mentoring Program offers a number of benefits to our youth. Mentors provide guidance and tutelage to help our youth rise to their full potential. 

Youth, and their mentors, participate in tutoring, field trips, youth group activities, and emotional and social support.  Adult mentors commit their donated time for a 12 month commitment with a 4 hour/month minimum to ensure stability within the program. The Mentoring Program is made possible through generous support from the United Way of Palm Beach County, Inc.

The All Tea, No Shade Therapy Group

The All Tea, No Shade Therapy Group is a group for those youth who could benefit from talking to their peers in a facilitated setting led by licensed therapists.

The group meets in 8 week cycles. Individual, short term therapy is also available.

Contact Amanda Canete at for dates and times.

Authentically YOUth

The Authentically YOUth support group is geared to transgender identifying children ages 3-11 and their families.

The group meets the first Saturday of each month from 10:00am - 11:30am at Compass Community Center.

Contact Lucas O'Ryan for more information at

Youth Group Funders

The Youth Group is made possible by generous donations from our community members and our funders. 


Youth Equality Prom

May 22, 2020

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Street Painting Festival

February 22 & 23, 2020

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The Legacy Project

Fall 2020

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Compass Youth Group implements the Wyman Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®), which empowers teens to lead successful lives and help build strong communities. TOP® discusses goal-setting, human development, sexual health, relationships, peer pressure, community service, and values.