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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
AGM Roundup and Annual Report 2014
We held our (awesome) Annual General Meeting for 2014 on the 21st of June at our drop-in centre. It was a great afternoon, with a bunch of awesome people showing up to support our organisation.
The five amendments to our constitution were all passed, with one amendment added:
- We propose that the positions of chairperson and vice-chairperson be replaced with two co-chairperson positions. The co-chairpersons will have joint oversight of RY strategy and operations and share the responsibilities of the role as agreed upon at the beginning of each term. Where possible, the co-chairpersons will be differently identifying to support a diversity of views at the governance level of the organisation.
- We propose that the ‘Takatapui Representative’ title on the Rainbow Youth board is changed to the ‘Maori and Pacific Representative’ to more accurately reflect the cultural expectations that are being placed on the holder of this position.
- We propose that the use of LGBT is updated to queer and trans* to better reflect the diverse identities of our community.
- We propose that the quantified gender requirements for AGM quorum are changed to the requirement that there are diverse sexualities and gender identities that are reflective of our membership and our community.
- We propose that the application process for running for the RY executive board is changed from nominations from the floor to applications submitted in writing at least a week in advance of the AGM to ensure that applications are well thought-out and that applications can receive feedback and guidance prior to presenting themselves in person at the AGM (added amendment: Only if insufficient number apply will applications be taken on the day of the AGM)
We also elected our new board for the 2014-2015 term! The new board are as follows: Samantha Hewlett, Joe Gatland, Daniel Chorley, Rachel Brebner, Melanie Govender, Stace Robertson, Natasha Gaffin, Beth Maynard, Taine Polkinghorne (Trans* Rep), Jonathan Selu (Māori and Pacific rep).
We’re super-duper excited to kick off a new term, and we’d like to thank the previous board for all their hard work over the 2013 – 2014 term!
You can read an overview of the previous term by downloading our Annual Report 2014.
Thanks to the volunteers who organised the amazing food (pumpkin soup warmed our soul), and thanks to Moira Clunie for being an great MC for the afternoon!
RY and Affinity Services present: July Health and Education Wellness Day
RainbowYOUTH and Affinity Services are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for their Health and Education Wellness Day on the 18th of July. This professional development course will be of interest to those working health and education services and the overlap between them.
Addressing gender and sexual diversity in the classroom and clinic, attendees will learn about how they can support rainbow students and clients in their school and community organisations.
Developing rainbow cultural competency will enrich your skills, language and knowledge of gender and sexual diversity. The course will cover practical tips for creating a rainbow-friendly environment, include handy educational resources and connections to community organisations.
“I’ve been running Rainbow Cultural Competency workshops for mental health workers as part of my work with Affinity Services for the last couple of years. The most common question is ‘How do I have these conversations about gender, sex, and sexuality in a respectful way?’ I am pleased to invite anyone working in health or education (youth or non-youth services) to come and hear from Affinity Services and Rainbow Youth about how to have these crucial conversations. Together, our organisations cover a wide range of health and education contexts, and we’ve got a lot of resources to share!” - Joe Macdonald, Rainbow Community Liaison and Training, Affinity Services.
“We are very excited to be working with Affinity Services on the Health and Education Wellness Day. Our teachers, school nurses, guidance counsellors, social workers, principals and school deans play such an important role in their communities. We want to help them make their spaces the best they can be for our queer and trans* young people!” - Aych McArdle, Education Director, RainbowYOUTH.