The JASMYN house is open two Friday nights per month from 4-8pm as a Drop-In Center for youth (ages 13-23) to come hang out and be their fabulous selves in a safe and supportive environment. Check our Youth Calendar for dates.
Drop-In is our largest programming night and is open for youth to socialize and relax with friends and other LGBT youth and staff. At each Drop-In we do announcements and generally run an activity (not mandatory that you participate). JASMYN’s Drop-In’s are fun and welcoming and it is a great opportunity to meet new friends and get to know our dynamic JASMYN staff. We offer dinner and snacks and on the last Drop-In of each month we celebrate birthdays with cake and ice cream. Free HIV testing is also offered during Drop-In center hours.
All youth who wish to come to the JASMYN house for Drop-In Center, weekly programming or other support services (you do not need a membership to come to JASMYN’s STD & HIV Health Clinic) must become a JASMYN Youth Member first. >For many youth the first time they come to JASMYN is for aFriday night Drop-in. We do enrollments for youth membership from 4-6pm.
Many other youth call ahead and schedule an appointment for a house tour and enrollment for membership during the week. If you are shy or nervous to come to JASMYN calling first for a house tour and enrollment for membership can feel much less overwhelming. Having a visual of the house, meeting staff and really understanding all that JASMYN has to offer first, can make coming to JASMYN much easier.
Everyone that comes to JASMYN must agree to and sign our JASMYN Community Agreement and Youth Bill of Rights. Your safety is our first priority. All you need for a Youth Membership is yourself and a photo ID.
JASMYN’s enrollment for membership takes approximately 15 minutes and is a time for you to ask questions you may have but also for us to let you know all that we have to offer. For youth that may been in crisis or have stuff going on that could use adult support this is a time that we may be able to connect you to our programs and support services that could meet your unique needs. *** JASMYN enrollment for youth membership is confidential; we cannot confirm or deny your attendance in JASMYN’s programs and/or support services without your prior written permission.
If you would like to take a tour of the JASMYN house and find out more about our programs and support services during non Drop-In times please contact us at (904) 389-3857. Any staff person can help you if needed but ask for James Watson, our Outreach Specialist.