Join us this Saturday for the Stonewall Youth Drag Showcase Extravaganza!

Its time again for our annual Stonewall Youth Drag Show sponsored by Jake’s on 4th and the Oly Hot Dog Company! Join us on Saturday August 30th at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.  Take a journey with us as we re-visit childhood stories and re-tell them through a queer lens!  Folks 21 and under are free, for folks 21 and up admission is only $10! Doors at 6:30pm. Come out and help support LGBTQQIA youth!

Folks 21 and up, be sure to head to Jake’s after the show to use your Buy One Get One Free drink coupon good only for the night of the show!

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Stonewall Fundraiser

The First Christian Church is hosting a free event! The concert is on Sunday, Aug 10 at 3pm, and features Bobby Jo Valentine, a “hopeful pop” singer-songwriter from San Francisco:  http://www.bobbyjovalentine.com/  Bobby was the headliner for the San Diego Pride last year:  http://www.gay-sd.com/pride-2013-headliners-bobby-jo-valentine/   The event is free but the church will be accepting “Love Offerings”. Any money collected will be donated to Stonewall Youth!! Valentine-page1

Join the Speakers’ Bureau Hiring Committee!

Be a part of determining what Stonewall’s outreach will look like next year!
We are looking for youth who want to get involved with decision making at Stonewall by participating on this hiring committee.
Being on the hiring committee means interviewing candidates for the Speakers’ Bureau positions, and deciding with the other committee members who to hire.
This is low-commitment and high impact way to be a part of decision making at Stonewall. The committee will meet 2-4 times in the upcoming weeks.
Send an email to speakersbureau@stonewallyouth.org if you are interested!

JOB OPENINGS! 2 Speakers’ Bureau Collective Positions!

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

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 July 4th at 5pm.

SASS is Back! Register Here

SASS (Stonewall Activist Saturday School) is a Speakers’ Bureau program adapted from Stonewall Activism Summer School.  SASS is a day long youth conference that happens a few times throughout the year to keep youth activists learning/thinking/communicating/organizing all year long. May’s theme is Between Borders: Colonization, Violence, & Resistance.  Some of the groups that will be participating are:

Washington Incarceration Stops Here (WISH) discussing the school to prison pipeline with a focus on immigration, detention, and deportation

Students for Justice in Palestine teaching a workshop about pink washing and palestinian solidarity

Native Student Alliance

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Check out this flier for more info, and don’t forget to register!

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Be a Bowl A Thon Buddy!

If you could take a young LGBTQQIA person out to coffee a couple times a month, would you?

Most of us don’t always have the time for that kind of mentorship but you can still impact local queer youth! Help us keep our services free and accessible; Be a Bowl A Thon Buddy and join with us to reach our 2014 Bowl A Thon goal by May 9th!

We need 150 supporters to donate $10 each! Or 15 large donors to donate $100 each! We can use all the support we can get for this year’s Bowl A Thon and you can make a difference by being a buddy today! If you can give more than $10, please do! If you can give more than $100, please do!

Just click on this Bowl A Thon Buddy image to be connected to our Network For Good donation site to be a buddy! Make sure to designate your donation as a Bowl A Thon Buddy in general or to specifically sponsor a bowler, a team or the youth team!
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Transformative Justice Workshop with

Shira Hassan

Register Here Now!!

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Stonewall Youth is hosting a workshop with Shira Hassan in the PCAF Co-Lab. Shira is an amazing activist, organizer and skilled educator who has worked extensively on community empowerment and healing the effects of oppression. To learn more about her and the amazing work she is doing you can check out her website - http://www.shirahassan.com/about/

We are super stoked to have her here in Olympia and to have this amazing opportunity. There is plenty of space for folks to attend this workshop. It is open to LGBTQQIA youth and their allies 24 (updated!) and under. The workshop will be sliding scale, with no one turned away from lack of funds. To register just on the Register Here Now title.

What is Transformative Justice? “Transformative justice [is] a liberatory approach to violence…[which] seeks safety and accountability without relying on alienation, punishment, or State or systemic violence, including incarceration or policing.

Three core beliefs:

*Individual justice and collective liberation are equally important, mutually supportive, and fundamentally intertwined—the achievement of one is impossible without the achievement of the other.

*The conditions that allow violence to occur must be transformed in order to achieve justice in individual instances of violence. Therefore, Transformative Justice is both a liberating politic and an approach for securing justice.

*State and systemic responses to violence, including the criminal legal system and child welfare agencies, not only fail to advance individual and collective justice but also condone and perpetuate cycles of violence.

-“Towards Transformative Justice…”, p. 5 Section One

From Shira’s website – Transformative Justice and Community Accountability: How do we collectively work together to reduce our dependence on state systems and social services? How do we support each other to become accountable when we have caused harm? This workshop will explore the basic principles of Transformative Justice and engage in honest conversation about the challenges we face when using this model.

Stonewall is Starting a Queer Oral History Project!

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Do you identify as queer? Have you wondered about the experiences of queers from different generations? If you’re into intergenerational storytelling, then come to Speakers’ Bureau’s queer oral history event!

This workshop will be a jumping off point towards sharing and recording our experiences as queer people in groups in order to mix our stories onto CD’s as well as have a live stream from Bandcamp.com so folks can listen to our queer histories from the net!

There will then be another follow up event where we will begin compiling work to make into a zine. If you or someone you know is unable to attend the event, don’t worry! Speakers’ Bureau is also collecting art pieces (comics, drawings, poetry, etc.) to put into a Queer People’s History Zine! There’s a 1,000 word limit to written works and we also request that pieces can fit easily onto a rectangular page. There are a few ways you can submit your art: 1, you can physically drop stuff off at the Stonewall office (there is an envelope on the door). 2, you can email speakersbureau@gmail.com with your attached artwork. Or, 3, you can mail your work to Stonewall at P.O. Box 7383, Olympia, WA 98507

We’re so excited and hope you are too! See you on the 18th!

Gay Prom is Coming!!

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Come dress up in your best Sea Creature evening wear and hang out, dance, eat snacks, sing your heart out in karaoke, take photos, and dance more! I hope to see you all there!!

Stonewall is Looking for a Drag Show Coordinator!

Stonewall Youth has been performing annual Drag Shows since 2000. The Drag Show is a fun opportunity for queer youth to get on stage and share their talents with the community! Every year the show grows larger, gets more creative, and draws larger audiences.  We cannot wait to see what this years’ will be like!!

The Drag Show began as a series of amazing queer performers showing off their talents in individual acts.  Since then, it has taken on many different forms – from cabaret style performances to full-scale musical productions with a live band.

The role of the Drag Show Coordinator or “Community Director” is to collaborate with Stonewall Youth staff, volunteers and interns to direct the Stonewall Youth Drag Show Extravaganza Summer Theater Program. The position of Community Director is a part-time, 3 month long position beginning mid March and ending in mid June. The Director will be compensated with a $1,000.00 stipend with the completion of the project.   Applicant must be available for rehearsals many evenings and weekends.

Please let us know if you are interested in working on the Stonewall Youth Drag Show Extravaganza Summer Theater Program, we need your help and expertise in making this amazing program happen!!! Applications are due March 1st so don’t wait!

You can read the full job description here and email resumes to info@stonewallyouth.org