Program Aims to Reduce LGBT Youth Suicide Rate

Pride Talk

 Bullying second only to non-accepting families as most important issue to LGBT youth
LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide

ELK GROVE, Calif. (October 22, 2018) – Face2Face Youth Group announced a new addition to their Teen Talk program. Pride Talk is a new group discussion event series for LGBT and questioning youth. It joins the Boys Talk and Girls Talk events, which currently make up the Teen Talk program.

Pride Talk is a natural expansion of the Teen Talk program, explains Face2Face Executive Director Margaret Arsenault.

“We have Boys Talk and Girls Talk events, which are gender-specific,” says Arsenault, “because there are some issues that are unique to each gender. By the same token, LGBT youth face challenges and issues that non-LGBT youth do not.”

Arsenault points out that LGBT youth and straight youth alike deal with issues surrounding substance abuse, depression, and self-harm. However, studies indicate that LGBT youth are more than twice as likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, 2½ times more likely to engage in self-harm, and 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBT counterparts. And bullying has been identified by LGBT youth as the second most important problem in their lives, after non-accepting families.

“Sixty percent of LGBT youth didn’t report incidents of bullying to school staff,” Arsenault says, “and one-third who did report an incident said the staff did nothing about it. Our kids deserve better, regardless how they identify.”

Pride Talk provides a safe space, with LGBT volunteer facilitators, where they can discuss topics they might be uncomfortable talking about in front of their non-LGBT peers. Face2Face has reached out to other LGBT community groups to support the program, as well.

The new Pride Talk events will be held at the Teen Center USA and Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School. For the schedule and registration, visit the website at http://Face2FaceYouthGroup/pride-talk.


About Face2Face Youth Group
Face2Face Youth Group, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) charitable and public benefit nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to improve the social and emotional well-being of youth. To do this, Face2Face Youth Group encourages youth to spend less time on electronic devices, like smartphones, and more time at “offline” activities and events.

Margaret Arsenault, Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 582155, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 245-7507


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Teen Talk program featured in Elk Grove Citizen

We’d like to give a giant, heartfelt “Thank you!” to Monica Stark for the wonderful article in the latest issue of the Elk Grove Citizen, titled “A Talk from the Heart.” The article focuses on our new Teen Talk program and the good it’s doing for youth in our community.

There was a great mention of the Teen Center USA as well as pictures of TC Site Mentor Jerome Smoot, Face2Face volunteer Bobby Uppal, our own Mark Arsenault, Margaret Arsenault and the girls, too!

Make sure to check it out, and tell the Elk Grove Citizen that you appreciate them covering local organizations like ours!

Anti-Bullying Workshop for Teens, Nov 3

Register your middle-schooler or teen for our 2-1/2 hour Anti-Bullying Workshop, being held on November 3rd, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 pm at the Teen Center USA.

Teens and pre-teens will be treated to lunch, be able to speak with other our special panel members, including Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly and Lydia Ajay of Ajay’s Karate. Then they will spend an hour learning simple but effective self-defense techniques from 4th-degree black belt Lydia Ajay!

For information and to register, go to

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Join Us at Boys Talk this Friday

The next Boys Talk event is happening this Friday evening at the Teen Center USA. Boys Talk is part of our new Teens Talk program. Boys Talk is a group discussion for teen and pre-teen boys, facilitated by adult men, in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

You might have heard about it through your school or in the media. KFBK has even run several news stories on us!

Register your son, step-son, grandchild, nephew, ward, or foster child, for this amazing event that’s making a difference in young peoples’ lives.

For more information and to register, visit our website at

Girls Talk is Growing in Popularity

Some amazing things are happening at the Teen Center USA in Elk Grove. Boys and girls are taking part in regular group discussions, facilitated by Face2Face staff and volunteers. These talks are helping to improve the teens’ mental, emotional and social well-being.

Last night we held another Girls Talk group discussion event. Thirteen girls showed up to participate. There were thirteen teen and preteen girls that showed up for last night’s event. These group chats are growing tremendously with each passing session, and there’s a lot of good being done. Margaret brought pizza for everyone. (Thank you to the Pizza Hut in Elk Grove for the discount!) Topics covered in the talk ranged from food and hobbies, to bullying and cutting. There was a lot of support and love in the group tonight, and even a few shed tears.

The facilitators for last night’s Girls Talk were Margaret, Megan, and Ashley. They all did a fantastic job facilitating the group discussion. We are especially grateful to Megan, who volunteered her time to co-facilitate tonight’s session. Thank you, Megan!

For information about Girls Talk go to

If you’d like to volunteer to help out at an upcoming Girls, Boys or Pride Talk event, please get in touch with us. We’d love to have you!

Our Awesome Volunteer, Megan, and our CEO, Margaret, getting ready to host Girl Talk with a baker’s dozen teenage girls!

Pictures from tonight’s Girls Talk event at the Teen Center USA. (Photos: Ashley Scurti)