Announcing the return of Stonewall Youth’s monthly intergenerational community potlucks!These happen on the 4th Saturday of every month, but we put them on hold in the midst of moving locations. Saturday May 27th 6-8pm we will re-start these monthly events and continue to share our new space with our community and supporters.
We had a blast at February’s potluck and invite YOU to join us at our FOURTH monthly potluck!!!!! LGBTQ+ folks and respectful allies of all ages are welcome – bring your friends
Stonewall Youth will provide some yummy main course dishes as well as a few sides, and you’re encouraged to bring something tasty to share. This is a great time to show off that amazing dish you make, or to experiment with cooking fabulous new recipes!
Don’t stress if you’re not able to bring anything or only have time to sprint into the store to pick up chips & dip or some non-alcoholic beverages to share! The important thing is that you show up and feast in community with us. No alcohol, please.
We’ll be asking for donations to cover our costs. We’re counting on folks with financial resources to help cover the costs of providing food to youth and other folks in our community who are struggling financially. Any additional income will be applied to the costs of providing our many regular programs for LGBTQ+ youth.
Stonewall Youth is committed to making these monthly potlucks a safer place for all in our community, particularly youth, LGBTQ+ folks, people of color, low-income folks, and elders. Bring your respect! (See our event post for guidance on what we mean about a “safer place.”)
We’ll have some conversation starters, board games and playing cards available for those who like such things.
It’s time for our annual Spring prom dance! Back by popular demand, the theme this year is…
EMO PROM! (Part II!)
Friday, May 12th 6pm to 10pm!
Dress in your best emo stuff and hang out in a safer space while enjoying good people and some snacks!
There will be:
DJs! (If you want to volunteer this is open!)
An OPEN MIC!
Come on out and join the fun!
This is a SOBER space, please do not come under the influence or bring any substances into the space out of respect for others. We also request that you do NOT smoke or drink anything outside near our doors. It is ADA accessible. Safer space. No weapons. Ages 12-21.
Music workshops and jam time at Stonewall Youth every Monday from 5-8pm!!!!
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
Making music is an incredible way to heal and express yourself. We will be offering a month of workshops followed up open jam time to any LQBTQQIA person age 21 and under who is interested in participating. We have many guitars, basses, keyboards, drums, mics, pedals, and more fun stuff to experiment on in a safe space. All Stonewall Youth programming is sober.
If you are interested in participating, just show up or get in touch with Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org
MARCH 20 – Drums
MARCH 27 – Bass
APRIL 3 – Vocals
April 10 – Guitar/Songwriting (with Erica Freas!)
NOTE: Stonewall Youth will be closed on March 13, 15, and 17 in order to start organizing, cleaning, and packing the space in preparation for our move. Let us know if you want to be involved with that, we can use all the help we can get!
In April of 2017, Stonewall Youth is moving into our new home. Finally! Our quest for a new permanent HQ began more than a year ago when our current building was sold. Stonewall Youth and the rest of the tenants have to vacate.
Our search for a new place and a lot of organizational soul-searching led us to the conclusion that we should celebrate our 25th anniversary by BUYING a new place instead of once again locking ourselves into a lease.
After more than a year of insecurity regarding when we’d have to move and where we would move, we signed a Lease to Own contract with the owner of our new building in December of 2016. We hope to sign a purchase agreement by the end of 2017. (See below for a more history on our quest.)
We’re happy and relieved to be finally moving in. Our new HQ is a two-story building (4,400 square feet) conveniently located in downtown Olympia. We’ll be using the first floor for the time being and look forward to expanding to the second floor. In alignment with our policy of confidentiality, we’re keeping the exact location private for now; stay tuned for further information!
The multipurpose building we hope to purchase will be a good investment, allow us to expand our programming (including more youth and all-ages workshops, dances, performances, and other events) provide stability to LGBTQ+ youth and to the organization, and give us the opportunity to support emerging ventures.
Our new HQ will also serve some of the needs expressed by the social justice organizations with whom we collaborate:
A large room to be used for meetings, performances, youth and all-ages dances, fundraisers and other events.
Reasonably priced office space available to allied nonprofits.
A computer center for the LGBTQ+ community.
An opportunity for individuals and organizations to invest and build equity.
Hopefully, we’ll also be able to house and collaborate with Olympia’s emerging intergenerational trans and queer center: The PARQC (The People’s Activity and Recreational Queer Center). The PARQC is being created by Tali Abernathy Jones, Ari LaTourette, and other amazing community members and Stonewall Youth volunteers. The PARQC may start out as a program of Stonewall Youth with a mission to offer sanctuary to LGBT+ adults, while centering the most vulnerable members of our community. It will offer a safe and validating space to ensure that our members survive, thrive, and have the resources and training necessary to advocate for themselves and others. We look forward to many intergenerational collaborations!
YOU can participate in creating this community resource!
Donate: You can make a tax-deductible donation at any time for our Capital Campaign at Network for Good.
Invest and build your own equity: That’s right, you can own part percentage of our building! A supportive investor has started a Limited Liability Company (Liberation, LLC) to make it easy for community members to invest in the building. Our goal is to build equity for Stonewall Youth as well as for other community members who partner with us. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Volunteer: Along with always welcoming volunteers to help us in our day-to-day work, let us know if you would like to join our quest by being part of the team that makes it happen. It takes a village to create a queer youth center!
We’ve already raised more than $60,000 to purchase the building through donations and investments by our supporters.
Along with investments and donations from supporters like you, Stonewall Youth is also securing funds from other sources: grants from private and public sources; a small business loan; crowdfunding; and loans from community members, to be paid back with an attractive interest rate.
Stonewall Youth is starting music programming!!!! We need volunteers!
Stonewall now has an expansive collection of drums, guitars, basses, keyboards, and mics! We’ve taken on Queer Rock Camp’s mission to empower youth, build community, and amplify resistance and self expression through music – so far, we have a sweet jam room with a full band’s worth of instruments. Music drop-ins are happening every Monday from 5-6pm, and the jam room is also open every Friday evening during drop-ins for youth to utilize. But, we want more!!!!
My goal is to have a music workshop happening every Monday evening from March 20th through April 24th. I need your help to make this happen.
If you are a musician who would be interested in facilitating a music workshop and music drop-ins/open jam time at Stonewall Youth, please contact Ruby at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Intro to guitar chords
-How to play Bass 101
-Vocals and Harmonies
-Drum Circle/Basic Drum Beats
This is a FREE workshop exclusively for LGBTQ+ youth ages 21 and under!!!
The workshop on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30pm to 8pm is the third in a series of workshops. The last workshops discussed strategic planning (picking a target, researching and scouting, how to best utilize your resources), tactics, roles, knowing your rights in the context of organizing and participating in a direct action.
A direct action takes many forms but ultimately is a direct confrontation to the root causes of oppression/marginalization.