February 2024 Newsletter




Hello Kaleidoscope Community!

We hope you’re all having a safe and happy February, and staying dry during this very rainy season!

This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are highlighting the value of community and affirming LGBTQ+ friendships, particularly for our young people. Read our newest blog post below to learn more about the significance of community in the LGBTQ+ community. Tying into this month’s theme, we are hosting a “Palentine’s Day” party for our 11 to 17-year-olds on February 16, an event meant to encourage safe and authentic queer friendships. Sign up here or down below!

As always, we invite you to follow us on social media and keep current on our clubs and groups, as well as special events. Please comment, share, and tag your friends, as we celebrate all things LGBTQIA+ on Instagram @kaleidoscopelgbtq, and follow us on Facebook at KaleidoscopeLGBTQ.

With Pride,
The Kaleidoscope Team





Jay Baldwin, Program Director
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Laurie Stephens, Ph.D.  PSY 18520  Sr. Director, Autism & LGBTQ+ Programs
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* For general inquiries, contact us at kaleidoscope@thehelpgroup.org.





Valentine’s Day is often emphasized as a day for romantic love, complete with roses, chocolates, and declarations of affection. But in the diverse LGBTQ+ community, this day can hold a deeper significance beyond traditional (and often heteronormative) notions of love. Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to celebrate and nurture relationships we have with our fellow friends in the LGBTQ+ community and create new ones.






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Upcoming LGBTQIA+ Events, Services & More







“Palentine’s” Day Party for LGBTQ+ Youth (Ages 11-17) 
Friday, Feb. 16th | 6:00-8:00 pm PT

Join us in celebrating a unique spin on Valentine’s Day at our annual “Palentine’s” Day Party, an event dedicated to honoring friendship, community, and self-care. Get ready for an evening filled with arts and crafts, games, and a pizza dinner. LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 11-17 are warmly invited to attend. Exact location will be provided after registration.




New Parent Group Forming

*Only Two Spots Left! 

Starting in late February 2024, we will be offering a new therapeutic Parent Education Group for parents of LGBTQ+ and autistic teens. We still have a couple of spots left! This clinically focused parent group is a 6-week series facilitated by Kaleidoscope psychologist Jess Furrer. Email us to set up an intake.





Mental Health Services

Kaleidoscope offers individual & group therapy as well as psychiatric care in a safe & affirming environment at affordable rates. We accept insurance, Medi-cal, and offer sliding-scale rates based upon annual income.




Individual Coaching

Coaching available for LGBTQIA+ youth & young adults who need assistance with identifying goals, taking next steps, & establishing healthy connections in community settings.




Training & Presentations

We offer training, education & presentations to parents, administrators, and the community to provide LGBTQIA+ youth with the affirming support that they need to thrive.







The Help Group offers innovative, educational, therapeutic, residential, community and vocational advocacy and support to empower children and young adults to live with dignity, hope, opportunity, and love.  Kaleidoscope, a specialized program of The Help Group, is dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ youth and young adults to realize their unique and full potential. Through a focus on mental health services, family training and support, strong social connections, allyship development, and obtaining essential life and coping skills, Kaleidoscope strives to pave the way for self-acceptance, family understanding, and community support to build confidence, resilience and provide the care needed for LGBTQ+ individuals to thrive.

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