Mini Restructure Retreat

!Hey Stonewall Youth Community! We want to have a mini retreat! As we’ve been continuing the restructure conversation in our community meetings, drop ins, and board meetings, we’ve come up with some great ideas about how we want to restructure the Program Director (and in the future, the Executive director) position to start getting youth into paid staff positions! We’ve come up with a timeline for continuing the conversation through March and the beginning of April into a final decision at the mini retreat so we can move into the hiring process! We have 2 proposed dates for this Mini Restructure Retreat (taking place in the co-lab/Stonewall office). SATURDAY APRIL 4TH and SATURDAY APRIL 18th. We would love to get as many people from the stonewall community (past and current staff, interns, volunteers, youth, ect!) there to share their input and be involved in the final decision making! We expect this retreat to be an afternoon’s worth of conversation and planning! We’re putting this call out to see which of the two dates work best for people. Feel free to email info@stonewallyouth.org with your preferred date!

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UPDATE: Community Meetings

Yesterday Stonewall had its 2nd Wednesday Community Meeting! The turnout was great (a variety of current and past youth, interns, board members, previous staff!) The conversation centered around our overall goals for Stonewall Youth, as well as a more pressing overall goal for the structure of the new Program Director job. Even though we were interrupted by a fire alarm (false alarm), we talked about a lot of great ideas and we’re excited to share those at drop ins!

If you can’t make it/don’t come to drops ins and want to be kept in the loop as well as give your input, check out this shared google doc where the notes from each meeting will be posted, and where you can comment on them!
tinyurl.com/stonewallrestructure

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Many people met on Wednesday to talk about the Stonewall Youth restructure!

Volunteers Needed!

STONEWALL YOUTH NEEDS YOU!!! Calling folks from the community who are ages 22 and up: Volunteers are an important aspect of what keeps Stonewall going! Stonewall Youth has been without steady drop in/support group volunteers for a while now. As the SY community starts talking about ways to restructure the organization, one thing we’re talking about is how to better support our amazing volunteers through trainings,volunteer support groups, and appreciation days! We really encourage anyone who has some free time to spare to consider becoming a Stonewall Youth volunteer! Here are 2 (highly needed) volunteer positions available:

Drop-In Hours Staff: 2-3 hours/week:

  • Staff weekly drop in hours for 2 to 3 hour shifts with another volunteer.
  • Facilitate activities such as art projects, movie nights, homework help, etc.
  • Have a consistent schedule (ex: weekly on Wednesdays, bi-monthly, etc.)

 

Support Group Facilitator: 5p-7pm 1-2 evenings/month.

  • Co-facilitate Stonewall Youth’s weekly support group @ least once a month.
  • Perform intake interviews with new youth attending Group.
  • Provide appropriate feedback for youth when asked.
  • Attend facilitator meetings.
  • Commit to ongoing facilitator training.
  • Facilitators are asked to commit to 1 year of facilitation.

If you are interested in volunteering please fill out a volunteer application  and send it to info@stonewallyouth.org Contact us if you have any questions!

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Community Meetings at Stonewall Youth

Stonewall Youth is currently in a period of reconstruction! We as a community are working on addressing some problems with the way Stonewall is currently structured, and we want all the input we can get! Tonight we started the conversation by brainstorming ideas about ways the paid staff positions could be constructed differently to also include paid youth positions. Everyone (youth, past and current volunteers, staff, interns members of the stonewall community in general) is invited to be apart of this continuing and all encompassing conversation about how to better Stonewall Youth!!! Share your input WEDNESDAYS at 7:00pm, right after support group!
We are currently working on ways to expand these community meetings beyond this date and time.

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Participate in January’s SASS!

Register now to participate in SASS: Know your Rights and Harm Reduction for Queer Youth! Speaker’s Bureau is hosting Stonewall Activism Saturday School in Shelton this quarter. SASS will take place on Saturday, January 31st from 10 am to 4 pm at CHOICE high school in Shelton, WA. Join us for a day of rad workshops, awesome discussion, and of course delicious food!
REGISTER ONLINE HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HarsJc0WblZH8L8r6u0q-fRUwPcfNd4fp_ft7og423Y/viewform?usp=send_form

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Join us for our Annual Winter Gayla on December 6th! Tickets on sale now!

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Stonewall Youth’s Annual Winter Gayla Fundraising Celebration 

Fundraising dinner, auction, games and performances in support of LGBTQQIA youth

This annual dinner and auction serves as our largest fundraising event during the year. At the event, supporters of all kinds show up to bid on a variety of auction items donated by allies from our community and beyond. Attendees will be entertained by local performers and youth, served delicious catered food from Nineveh and will have the chance to have all kinds of fun and win great prizes at one of our many games of chance!
We are in need of table captains if you and a group of friends would like to host a table! Please email Sammy@stonewallyouth.org to get started on being a captain!
Remember to bring cash for games and drinks! This year is going to a be a real blast!
Saturday December 6th at St John’s Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE in Olympia 6-10pm
Ticket prices go up November 29th!
If you would like to donate an item or service to our auction or a dessert for our Dessert Dash, we are greatly in need! Please contact Dusty@stonewallyouth.org

Full Speakers’ Bureau Job Description

 

JOB DESCRIPTION (2 Positions Available)

 

Job Title: Speaker’s Bureau Collective Member Posted: November 1st, 2014
Open Until: November 20th, 2014 10pm Desired Start Date: December 6th, 2014
Organization: Stonewall Youth Address: P.O. Box 7383
Olympia, WA 98507
Phone Number: 360.705.2738 Email: speakersbureau@stonewallyouth.org
Quarterly Stipend: $468 Term: One year with option to reapply
Hours per week: 2-5 hours per week Benefits:   no
Organization Description: Stonewall Youth is an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other. The Speakers’ Bureau is a 5 -person, youth-driven activist and outreach collective that serves as the public education arm of Stonewall Youth. Members present information on LGBTQQIA issues to schools, agencies, organizations, and the community. Speakers’ Bureau uses an intersectional analysis and members of the collective have the opportunity to facilitate trainings on a variety of topics (i.e. anti-oppression 101, trans history, community building etc). The Speaker’s Bureau also provides opportunities for the development of leadership, verbal communication, activism, and organizational skills.
Position Overview:

  • Attend Speakers’ Bureau meetings and participate fully in the Collective.
  • Attend and facilitate community workshops.
  • Work with other Speakers’ Bureau Collective members to create workshops.
  • Create opportunities for other youth at Stonewall to plug in to workshops, panels, and community events.
  • Organize and implement Stonewall Activism Saturday School.
  • Participate in outreach/tabling opportunities.
  • Represent Stonewall Youth in community events.
  • Attend minimum of 2 board meetings a year.
  • Regularly attend Stonewall Youth staff meetings.
Required Skills and Abilities (successful candidate must be able to demonstrate in order to be considered for this position)

  • Age 21 and under.
  • Willingness to learn about social justice and facilitation techniques.
  • Willingness to work cooperatively within a group of youth organizers.
  • Clear communication skills
  • Sense of humor
  • Openness to being in new situations.

 

Skills:

  • Familiarity with computers.
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information, in written and verbal form, without jeopardizing confidentiality.
  • Confidence in presenting information to groups in a clear and concise manner.
  • Willingness to collaborate with other Speakers’ Bureau members.
  • A willingness to learn new information and develop new knowledge, skills and abilities.

 

Abilities:

  • Maintain confidentiality with personal and private information.
  • Provide own transportation to and from meetings and events.
  • Attend all required meetings and events in a timely and consistent manner.
  • Serve as a positive and professional representative of Stonewall Youth in all public settings.
  • Serve as a representative of the Stonewall Youth leadership team, including attending Board meetings, as requested.

 

 

 

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (successful candidate will demonstrate, or show a willingness to learn desired knowledge, skills and abilities).

 

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of issues facing queer youth today.
  • Knowledge of issues facing the queer population (youth and adults) in general.
  • Knowledge of social justice, anti-oppression, and inequality issues.
  • Intersectional analysis.

Skills:

  • Proficient in computer skills – including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suites.
  • Public speaking.
  • Workshop creation and facilitation.
  • Proficient in written communications.
  • Proficient in verbal communication.

 

Abilities:

  • Ability to speak in public situations with positive and professional energy.
  • Ability to keep a budget and track program expenditures.
  • Ability to work as a team leader.
  • Ability to represent the Speaker’s Bureau, and the youth, before Stonewall Youth staff and Board members.
  • A willingness to learn new information and develop new knowledge, skills and abilities.
How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing why you think you would be a good fit for the position and how you meet the required and desired qualifications. Please submit your application to speakersbureau@stonewallyouth.org or Speakers’ Bureau, PO 7383 Olympia, WA 98507 by November 20th at 10pm.   Interviews will be held the week of December 1st and review committees will consist of current staff, youth, and volunteers.

 

Thank you for your application!

Upcoming SASS!

Stonewall Youth is going to be putting on our bi-annual SASS in December, and we want to know if you and your organization would be interested in being a part of SASS. SASS stands for Stonewall Activism Saturday School, and in the past, we’ve hosted SASS at Stonewall Youth’s space in downtown Olympia. Our past two SASS’s have focused on mass incarceration and the prison system, and on migration and borders.  This year we are focusing on bringing SASS to organizations and communities in rural areas, and we are hoping to partner with several youth centered organizations in nearby rural areas like to put on a day full of rad workshops and panels. Also if you do not serve a rural population but are interested/have knowledge to share on the theme, we would also love to collaborate with you! This SASS’s theme will be:

 

Know Your Rights! + Harm Reduction for Queer Youth

Know Your Rights when dealing with the police, Social Services, and the Healthcare System, Harm Reduction 101: strategies to reduce negative consequences rather than uphold harmful zero-tolerance policies

 

This event is for queer youth and allies 24 and under.

 

We’re really excited about the new possibilities of collaboration with organizations outside of Olympia. If SASS sounds like something you’d like to plug in to, there are several ways:

 

-Helping us do outreach to youth in your area about attending SASS

-Connecting us with people who have experience pertaining to the theme to present a workshop at SASS.

-We are looking for somewhere to host the event. If your organization has a space that is accessible to people with a variety of accessibility needs and is interested in hosting SASS, please let us know.

APPLY FOR SPEAKERS’ BUREAU! 2 POSITIONS OPEN!

SPEAKERS’ BUREAU IS HIRING!
DO YOU IDENTIFY AS QUEER? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FACILITATING WORKSHOPS ON ANTI OPPRESSION AND QUEER SHIT?! ARE YOU 21 AND UNDER?!
CHECK OUT THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLY! (hard copies of the application are in the Stonewall office):
Here is the link to the online application:
https://docs.google.com/a/stonewallyouth.org/forms/d/1ucbgsjkj50eSVVXNKTSq2H65sEd7dJ-G4nhntjg2w60/viewform

Position Overview:
-Attend Speakers’ Bureau meetings, and participate fully in the collective
-Attend and facilitate community workshops.
-Work with other Speakers’ Bureau collective members to create workshops.
-Organize and implement Stonewall Activism (Saturday/Summer) School
-Participate in outreach/tabling opportunities.
-Represent Stonewall Youth in community events.
-Attend up to two board meetings a year.
-Regularly attend Stonewall Youth staff meetings

Dine Out for Stonewall Youth Today!

Dine Out for Stonewall Youth is today! Local businesses will generously be contributing part of their profits today to benefit local LGBTQQIA youth! Be sure to get out in support of Stonewall today or tonight at one of these awesome local places:

The Brotherhood Lounge, Le Voyeur, The Urban Onion, Nineveh, Quality Burrito, Old School Pizzeria, Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art, Mercato, Darby’s Cafe, Eastside Big Tom, Meconi’s Italian Subs-Downtown Oly

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