Our New Resources Are Here
If you haven’t heard of our I’m Local Project yet, you should check it out!
With the generosity of the U.S Embassy, the Waitematā Local Board and the ANZ Staff Foundation, the project is in full swing, getting free queer & trans* resources out to community organisations nationwide.
With the trial phase of the project going down a treat in high schools, medical centres, libraries and community centres around Northland, we’re moving on to the next phase of the project – and have whole bunch of awesome Queer & Trans* 101 comics (created in collaboration with the wonderful Sam Orchard) ready to go to the Waikato Region and beyond!
If you know of an organisation that would be interested in getting their hands on these babies plus some matching posters – let them and us know! Email: email@example.com
RainbowYOUTH TEAMS UP WITH ASB
In a move that highlights ASB’s commitment to supporting LGBTIQ (queer & trans*) youth, RainbowYOUTH has been added to ASB’s True Rewards programme.
ASB True Rewards customers receive True Rewards dollars when they use their ASB credit cards. These can then be redeemed in a variety of ways including at participating stores, or donated to a select list of charities on their website.
RainbowYOUTH joins an impressive list of charities supported by ASB, including St Johns, CanTeen and the SPCA.
RainbowYOUTH’s General Manager, Duncan Matthews, says: “I’m thrilled with the commitment ASB is showing to supporting the queer and trans* communities, by forming their Unity staff network, being awarded the Rainbow Tick, and now including our community organisation as one of the charities they support.
The money donated through ASB’s True Rewards will be a great help in RY’s aim to support queer & trans* youth around New Zealand. It will go towards helping keep RY’s drop-in centre up and running, supplying RY’s resources to other community organisations and ensuring the continued running of RY’s core services (such as the education programme).
Being added to the True Rewards programme is just the first step in an exciting ongoing relationship between RainbowYOUTH and ASB – with further collaboration planned for early next year.
“ASB has really come onboard, wanting to support us and our initiatives. They’ve already offered resource, guidance and opportunities to work together for the benefit of RainbowYOUTH, ASB’s Unity Network, and wider community members” says Matthews.
ASB credit card holders who are part of the True Rewards programme can use their True Rewards dollars to donate to RY by visiting the Charity Donation section of the True Rewards website.
RainbowYOUTH Grant Writing and Sponsorship Workshop
Our Fundraising Coordinator Paul is running a free 3 hour workshop that looks at writing applications to the JAPHA fund (a monthly grant of up to $1,000 to Aucklanders who have small and creative projects that will achieve social or environmental good).
Attendees will learn how to:
- Find out how to get funding for a cool project you have in mind (it can be pretty much anything!)
- Learn how to write successful grants and cover letters for employment, scholarships, course applications and other opportunities (so many useful adult skills!)
- Brainstorm projects to help the queer and trans* community in NZ (being a good person is always fun.)
- Learn about a new opportunity to apply for $1,000 funding for a personal community project (the JAPHA fund that comes around every month!)
WHEN: Saturday, 6th September – 2PM – 5PM
WHERE: The RY Drop-in Centre (281 Karangahape Road)
ALSO: Free snacks!
Those interested should RSVP to Paul by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Shared Experience Representatives
We’re looking for an enthusiastic bunch of people to share their coming out stories in our education workshops that we deliver in schools or other institutions.
RainbowYOUTH has been delivering education workshops for schools, agencies and tertiary institutions for the last 10 years on sexual orientation and gender identity issues, the impact of homophobia, and how to create a safer school environment for all students. These workshops cover several of the learning objectives of the NZQA Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Our resources are also available for use by other organisations and trainers around the country.
Sharing a personal story with our workshop attendees is a great way for them to see the real life impact of the workshop content. If you feel comfortable we invite you to also join the educator in answering some of the anonymous questions that the students submit towards the end of the session
It is entirely up to you what you feel comfortable sharing in the classroom, and any questions that you don’t feel comfortable answering do not have to be answered. You can either say you don’t want to answer that, or you can look at the educator and they will step in.
Things that volunteers often include in their stories are:
- When they first started thinking about their sexual orientation/gender identity
- How they went about exploring that
- Who they told and how
- How that went (how things went with their family, their friends)
- Any reactions they’ve had from society (any homophobia or transphobia they’ve experienced)
- Where they got support or what strategies they used
Sharing your story with a group of people can feel scary and we want to do our best to support you. Before you share your story in one of our education sessions we will get you to come into the RainbowYOUTH centre and chat with one of our educators about what you might want to share and where your boundaries are around what you disclose. We will then get you to visit a school with an educator and another shared story rep so you can see how the sessions work and what kind of questions the students ask.
If this sounds like a bit of you, get in touch! Email: email@example.com