RY Turns 25
It’s been 25 years! Whew!
When we first started out in 1989, we were called Auckland Gay and Lesbian Youth – ALGY for short. We were a wee group of young people who wanted to make a difference to the lives of those struggling with their sexuality or gender identity. After 25 years… that still pretty much sums us up!
We’ve come a long way, carried on the backs of some amazing past staff, volunteers and members. We’d like to extend a huge, fuzzy, glittery, rainbow coloured THANK YOU to anyone who has ever lent their time or their money to help us get where we are today.
Today, we are a team of 10 volunteer board members, 5 staff members, 6 casual educators and a dedicated bunch of interns, facilitators and volunteers. Our drop-in centre on K’Rd is open weekdays from 11AM – 5PM. Our drop-in centre not only is home to our peer-support groups, but also host the likes of Friends of Friends, Genderbridge and Holding Our Own. And! Speaking of our peer support groups, we have a total of 7 running around Auckland, Whangarei and Tauranga. We also run education programmes in high schools all around Auckland – with our team of educators delivering the workshops to more students than ever before. Under our project called I’m Local we’ve sent resources galore all around Northland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty – with more places to come.
Tonight, we’ll be gathering with some key past and present members of RY and the extended RY whānau to celebrate our birthday. We’ll be launching our brand new app, and previewing our swanky new website (so watch this space!).
While we celebrate the past, we’re also looking to the future and trying to find new ways to make Aotearoa a safe place for all queer & trans* youth. We’ve come 25 years, but we want to stick around for 25 more.
That’s where you come in!
And if you’re feeling generous, popping over to the donate part of our website and leaving us a little (or big?) birthday pressie would be more than appreciated! Facebook, Tweet or Instagram your donation and we’ll make sure to include you in our celebrations tonight!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com