Come Hang Out With Us!

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You’re welcome to join Stonewall Youth if you’re an LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex and/or asexual) youth who’s 21 or under.

Email us at info@stonewallyouth.org to get our address.

»Support Group«

Our weekly Peer Support Group is held every Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm. It’s a great place to make friends, get support, and build a fabulous and loving community. This is an opportunity to share what’s going on in your life, both your successes and your struggles. You can also hear about the experiences of other youth. Youth are able to get support and feedback from peers, as well as from adult facilitators. The support group schedule alternates weekly between youth-facilitated and adult-facilitated – youth-facilitated support group exclusively involves youth participants and facilitators, while adult-facilitated support group is facilitated by one or two adult volunteers/staff.

»Drop-In Hours«

hang outWe have drop-in hours three days a week:  Mondays 4-7pm, Wednesday 3-5pm and Friday from 4-8pm. Sometimes we have organized activities, such as art projects, games, movies, field trips, and conversations or skill-building workshops on a wide range of topics such as zine-making, conflict resolution, dealing with stress, and issues of interest to LGBTQQIA youth. But most often, we just hang out with each other. Drop-In Hours are staffed by volunteers, interns, and staff members.

PLEASE NOTE: When you attend our Peer Support Group or Drop-In Hours for the first time, we’d like you to do an intake (a short interview) with staff. We do this to make sure you’re able to get the support you want, and to introduce you to Stonewall’s programs. There are a couple ways to do an intake:

1. You can call us at 360-842-7884 and we can fill an intake out with you on the phone. It takes about 10 minutes.

2. You can do an intake in person with one of our staff when you first come to Stonewall! Staff will introduce themselves to you on your first day at Stonewall, give you a tour of the space, and do an intake with you.

We look forward to seeing you soon! And remember, you can always call or text if you have any other questions: 360-842-7884. You can also contact us through Facebook or by emailing us at info@stonewallyouth.org

»Music Drop-Ins«

Screen Shot 2017-08-30 at 12.31.37 PMWe are super excited about our new music programming! Stonewall has inherited an expansive collection of instruments, both acoustic and electric, and has a music corner in our drop-ins space. We’ve taken on Queer Rock Camp’s mission to empower youth, build community, and amplify resistance and self expression through music. Instruments available to play include electric and acoustic guitar, ukulele, bass, keyboard, piano, drums, and vocals. Music drop-ins are every Monday from 5-7pm. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY to come pick up an instrument and rock out, heal through creative expression, and have fun!

If you are interested in participating or volunteering, contact info@stonewallyouth.org!

 

»Stonewall Activism Saturday School (SASS)«

Formerly Stonewall Activism Summer School, SASS is a quarterly workshop for youth organized by our youth-led Speakers Bureau that supports LGBTQQIA youth and their allies in exchanging skills to become more effective activists in their communities and stand in solidarity with the movements that surround us. SASS not only fosters learning and the exchange of ideas, but also encourages networking and collaboration between activists in the Pacific Northwest who are engaged in community work and seek to participate in new types of organizing. Each Saturday School is centered on a different theme affecting our communities.

sass betterPast SASS workshops have focused on themes like “Know Your Rights & Harm Reduction for Queer Youth,” “Between Borders: Colonization, Violence, & Resistance,” and “Bodies Behind Bars,” which focused on LGBTQQIA folks and the prison industrial complex. If you’re interested in attending the next SASS, you can find out more information here.  Come prepared to push yourself out of your comfort zone, learn new things, and share and explore all your identities.

»Stonewall Organizing Retreat (also known as Glitter Camp)«

Our retreat is a collaboratively organized large camping retreat for LGBTQQIA youth. Since 2010, youth participants, staff, Board members, and volunteers have gone on a yearly three-day excursiongay camp 2010 2 to a comfortable camp (heated cabins!) to plan and revision Stonewall Youth programs, bond, share, and participate in awesome workshops. Workshops are lead by youth participants and youth/adult staff. Workshops in the past have ranged from analyzing gender, radicalism, youth empowerment, racial justice, challenging our current state of education, and body image.

»Dances, Performance Extravaganzas, and other activities«

We have several activities that happen throughout the year, such as dances (Homocoming, Glitter Prom, and the Pride Dance), several fundraising activities, and our annual performance extravaganza.  From 2000-2014, Stonewall Youth performed annual Drag Shows. These shows show were often scripted full-length plays with music, dancing, and all kinds of fabulousness. They were opportunities for queer youth to get on stage and share their talent with the community. For the fall of 2015, we’re planning a different kind of show….stay tuned for details! We’re starting work on it in August, and you’ll find out all about it if you come to Drop-Ins.

»Get involved in making things happen at Stonewall Youth«

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Stonewall’s booth at the 2015 Olympia Pride Fest

Stonewall Youth is youth-led.  Along with attending activities, we invite you to make activities happen!  You can also participate in running Stonewall Youth. There’s a lot of opportunities for youth leadership, skill-building, and otherwise helping make Stonewall Youth fabulous.

»Paid Leadership Positions«

Be a part of our Speakers Bureau.  Our Speakers Bureau is made up of youth ages 21 and under who identify as LGBTQQIA. The Speakers Bureau organizes the Stonewall Saturday Activism School (see above), and provides anti-oppression workshops on an array of topics for schools, community organizations, agencies, and public events. Sample topics: Anti-Oppression/Systems of Oppression; Allyship; Queer/Trans History; Conflict Resolution/Community Building; and Trans Competency. Members are paid a stipend for their work, and participate in trainings to build their training skills. They’ll be hiring new members in the upcoming months.

Join our Staff Collective. We are hiring two new Program Co-Directors, starting October 2017. If you are interested in being on the hiring committee, contact Lili at lili@stonewallyouth.org. Interviews will be held on Friday Sept. 22.

»Volunteer Leadership Opportunities«  

No experience necessary!  We value skill-building and skill-sharing.

Do an internship.  We provide internships for students and other community members who want to build their skills and participate in the work of Stonewall Youth. Interns make commitments based on their interests, skills, and availability. Contact: info@stonewallyouth.org

Lead activities at during Drop-ins on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. We do a lot of different kinds of activities during Drop-ins, such as art projects, games, movies, field trips, and conversations or skill-building workshops on a wide range of topics like zine-making, conflict resolution, safe sex, queer history, dealing with stress, community organizing, and many other issues of interest to LGBTQQIA youth. If you’re interested in leading an activity (either by yourself, or with help from other youth, staff, interns or volunteers), there’s information and support available to assist you. Just ask other youth, staff, volunteers or interns about how to make an activity happen.

Fabulous Fundraising Force (FFF):  The FFF organizes community outreach and fundraising projects. Projects include big and small fundraising events (from our annual events to our periodic bake sales), doing outreach at local events, seeking donations from community members, grant-writing, and a whole lot more. Lend us your skills and learn about fundraising with us! We meet Mondays from 7-8:30pm.

Valiant Volunteer Vixens (VVV): PhotoGrid_1425532004971We meet periodically to train volunteers and do outreach to find new volunteers.

Board of Directors: You definitely don’t have to be a know-it-all to join our Board! We’ll help you learn the ropes. Youth Board members may be eligible for a small stipend. The Board oversees Stonewall Youth operations, and works with youth participants, volunteers, and staff on strategic planning, fundraising, and program/policy development.

 

Stonewall Organizing School (SOS): We’re in the beginning stages of creating SOS, which will provide the training, resources and support necessary for LGBTQQIA youth to maximize their leadership within Stonewall Youth and to build the skills and confidence needed to be successful life-long leaders and community organizers. The Really Radical Restructuring committee (see above) is part of SOS, and we’re doing a series of skill-building workshops about various aspects of running Stonewall Youth. Stay tuned!

HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

Curtain Call at the 2011 Drag Show Extravaganza

For more information contact: info@stonewallyouth.org or call 360-705-2738.