Over three decades of activism
Advocates for Youth has worked with LGBTQ young people for over three decades, including founding the first online space for LGBTQ youth to help and support one another. Now, we work with schools and youth serving professionals around the country to ensure LGBTQ youth are safe in schools; included in sex education lessons; and above all, celebrated for who they are.
“Knowing that there are voices that are silenced and need a platform keeps me motivated to continue the work.”
– Rikki, Youth Resource
Through YouthResource, Advocates recruits, trains and supports a cohort of young people passionate about LGBTQ health and rights.
YouthResource is a group of LGBTQ+ youth of color between the ages of 13-24 that are actively involved with a youth-serving community-based organization, a student group or any other organized group. YouthResource leaders are responsible for providing their communities, and communities around the country, with information, resources, and education to address LGBTQ+ health and rights.
Queer and Gender Equity Project (QGEP)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth of color are at disproportionate risk for negative sexual health outcomes and face stigma related to race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. This stigma places LGBTQ youth of color at risk for contracting STIs and HIV, violence, and substance abuse. To better meet the needs of LGBTQ youth, we must integrate awareness of racism and the understanding of how culture shapes sexual attitudes, values, and beliefs. We must also be willing to redress homophobia and transphobia within communities of color and create safe spaces for LGBTQ youth of color. In order to be part of the solution, Advocates launched its Queer and Gender Equity Project almost 10 years ago, formerly known as the Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Project. Advocates seeks to build the capacity of organizations interested in and committed to improving the sexual health of all young people, including LGBTQ youth of color.
Through Advocates’ Queer and Gender Equity Project, your organization may receive culturally relevant publications and materials on HIV/STI and reproductive health and justice programming for LGBTQ youth, strategic technical assistance, and training to create safe spaces for LGBTQ youth of color 13-24 years old and redress homophobia and transphobia within the local community, including in schools and other youth-serving agencies.
Please click here more information about this opportunity, including eligibility and criteria for selection. The application form and proposal are due by December 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m. EDT.