Services

Youth Services

The Rainbow Umbrella Program, in conjunction with Ventura County Behavioral Health, provides peer-based support for youth LGBTQ+ and allies aged 13 to 23. Join us for our weekly peer-based support group on Friday evenings here at the Community Resource Center led by our program coordinator, Jenna Stroklund, and our team of adult facilitators. We provide a meal each week and a variety of fun educational activities, presentations, and check-ins designed to give our youth tools to enrich their overall mental and physical health.

DCVC strives to bring youth-centered community-building events to Ventura County like our annual PrideProm Ventura and Ventura County Pride.

For more information on Rainbow Umbrella, email Jenna at rainbowumbrella@diversitycollective.org.

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Education Services

Diversity Collective is a place where you can learn, dialogue, grow, and be supported with knowledge and skills to be an effective change agent for the community.  Our Rainbow Umbrella Program in conjunction with Ventura County Behavioral Health, provides R.I.S.E. LGBTQ+ Training.  This 4-hour R.I.S.E training focuses on emotional and social permanency and gives you the tools to Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower LGBTQ+ individuals in your care.  Through the sharing of relevant information and an enriched training experience our curriculum helps you to honor LGBTQ+ identities and create affirming spaces that will have a substantial effect physically and mentally on everyone involved.  Through our Rainbow Program, we also provide the R.IS.E LGBTQ+ Training. This 4-hour R.I.S.E training focuses on emotional and social permanency and gives you the tools to recognize, intervene, support, and empower LGBTQ+ individuals in your care. R.I.S.E also helps you honor their identities and create affirming spaces that will have a substantial effect on their overall physical and mental health.

Statistics have shown it only takes one affirming individual to have a significant effect on an LGBTQ+ individual’s life, are you that one?

For more information about our youth group, events, and the R.I.S.E Training please contact our program manager, Ken Barrow.

HIV & AIDS

Do you know your status?

We are a community resource here for you! If you have questions about HIV & AIDS or want to know your prevention method options, we have answers! The stigma around HIV and AIDS makes "being in the know" scary, we are all in this together and here at DCVC, we know your status is another tool to living a healthier more informed life. Be in the know!

FREE ANONYMOUS HIV SCREENING

Schedule your appointment TODAY!

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All appointments are completely confidential and performed by a trained testing counselor.

Rapid test results are done in 20 minutes.

Do you know about PrEP?

TRUVADA for PrEP® (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV through sex when taken every day and used together with safer sex practices. TRUVADA for PrEP is only for people who are at risk of getting HIV and weigh at least 77 pounds. You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. TRUVADA for PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy.

Diversity Collective is your resource for how to get PrEP, how much it costs, and whether or not you are a good candidate. Contact us for more information!

"Wrap It" Prevention

Safer sex includes the usage of internal and external condoms. Traditional external or male condoms and newer internal or female condoms, when used correctly, have shown to reduce significantly HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Free condoms are offered at our community resource center.

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Help us raise awareness about HIV & AIDS and fund Diversity Collective's HIV-AIDS Education & Prevention Program.

We do what we do, because of you.

Diversity Collective of Ventura County is able to help our community because of our incredible network of supporters including sponsors, donors and volunteers. Without you all, we would not exist. If the Diversity Collective has made an impact on your life, or in the life of someone you love, consider supporting our case in whatever way you are able. We sincerely appreciate you.