GSTA Development and Support
Under grants from the Lerner Foundation and the Haney Fund, Out! staff has been working with a number of local schools to support the development of Gay/Straight/Transgender Alliances in our regional schools. Both Wiscasset High School and the Medomak Valley High School now have official GSTAs as a result of this work, and we hope to expand this work into other schools in our mid-coast region in the next few weeks.
Leadership Skill Building
With Out! serving as the host of Equality Maine’s pilot New Leaders Project, a cadre of mid-coast LGBTQ youth and allies are completing a six-month curriculum of special trainings by state experts on areas such as public speaking, writing press releases, recruiting volunteers, fundraising, running effective meetings, power and privilege, lobbying, phonebanking, community organizing and values-based leadership. This program will form the foundation of more leadership skill building efforts by Out!
Cooking with Consciousness
This winter/spring, local chef and Chi Gung teacher Tim English is sharing his knowledge of food and its preparation to help Out! youth prepare their drop-in meals with consciousness.
Restorative Practice Teachings.
Out! youth, advisors, staff and board participated in a day-long training to learn about Restorative Justice practices and how to use circles to address issues with compassion and clarity. A powerful, life-changing workshop supported by the Lerner Foundation.
April 11-13, 2014
Rainbow Ball at UMaine Machias. Twenty youth and adult advisors will attend this weekend-long conference of workshops on a variety of topics, including leadership skill building, sexuality, art, sexual health, healthy relationships, community-building and more. The weekend culminates in a Saturday Rainbow Ball. Supported by UMaine Machias.
Several art and storytelling workshops led by Camden-based artist, writer and pastry chef Caitlin M. to help youth in their journey of self-discovery and finding their own voice.
Out! youth will travel with advisors to march in the Portland Pride and Bangor Pride events, June 21st and June 28th, 2014.
August 2, 2014
Out! youth, advisors, staff and board members will create a float celebrating Out!’s work and march in the Lobster Festival Parade in Rockland.