Thank you so much for supporting Q Center's Youth and Young Adult program with your donations to our "Support 500 LGBTQ Oregon Youth" campaign. All of us at Q Center greatly appreciate your generosity.
In the last year, we had 2633 visits to our Youth Resource Center with 302 new youth attending 639 hours of drop-in services. During drop-in, youth ages 12-23 participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, leadership development and job readiness education, and have access to support groups, case management and counseling.
The "Support 500 LGBTQ Oregon Youth" campaign has come to a close, but please check back soon, as Q Center will be posting new opportunities for you to support the LGBTQ community. We hope you'll continue investing in the work Q Center does. That work can't happen without you.
Thank you for supporting Q Center! Q Center is revamping its presence on this site, so we are deactivating this specific camgain - Support 500 LGBTQ Oregon Youth. I hope you'll check back soon, and learn more about the new programs and services you can support at Q Center in the coming year. If you are currently giving on a monthly basis, you can roll-over those gifts to one of our new campaigns, and we hope you do so.
So far in 2014 Q Center's Youth & Young Adult Program has served approximately 300 youth between the ages of 12 and 23. During drop in hours, youth participate in positive activities like art, music, community organizing, leadership development and job readiness education. Youth also have access to support groups, case management and counseling.
Without your support, none of this would have been possible. Again, thank you. Your generosity is greating appreciated.
Micheal Weakley, Q Center's new Youth & Young Adult Program Manager.
Micheal will oversee Q Center’s Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Center (SMYRC) Program, the Washington County Pride Project, the We Are Here LGBTQ Youth & Young Adult Blogspace and all of Q Center’s programming for young people ages 12-23. Weakley is a graduate of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and Mid-Sweden University in Sundsvall, Sweden (B.S. Communication: Public Relations, President of PRSSA, IABC). Micheal worked for the CDC funded Mpowerment Project at AIDS Project Arizona offering HIV prevention for gay men 18-29 and has been active in the non-profit field and LGBTQ community for over fifteen years, working actively with AIDS Walk Arizona, Common Ground: New Orleans Relief Project, World AIDS Day, the Campaign for International Equality and oneNten. Micheal has been featured on the cover of both Echo and IONAZ magazine for his commitment to empowering LGBTQ youth in Arizona and was featured on CNN for the development of Q-High a bully-free school dedicated to LGBTQ youth. He was named Echo’s Man of the Year and served as Grand Marshall in the 2010 Phoenix Pride Parade. As former Deputy Director of oneNten, Micheal developed the Promise of a New Day, a project designed to keep LGBTQ out of homelessness. Micheal is also co-founder of REBEL YELL — a music, arts and activism event designed to engage immigrant, queer and homeless youth. You can reach Micheal by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support of SMYRC makes a huge difference in youth leadership! Please read Stefhannie's take on how to make a difference.
"Where do I begin, well I guess the simple answer would-be the beginning. My name is Stefhannie-Josephine Calhoun and I am a 21yo Trans female of color, currently residing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I’ve always had a passion for the sense of community, and it’s just a plus that I’m specifically passionate about the LGBTQ community. After coming out and searching for some sort of purpose in my life, I realized that I can make a difference. I began my involvement at SMYRC, the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (the “G” is silent) in Portland, Oregon, it was there that I realized it was possible for me to make a difference within our community.
I realized that I was already making a difference by just being me, but there are there are other ways I could too. One way is through peer-to-peer sexual education. This method allows the students to learn from people their own age. I can validate the fact that when I’m learning something new, learning it from somebody my age can help a lot, and there’s a slight sense of comfortability, if you will. Having knowledge about sexual health doesn’t affect just one person or community, it’s about us all.
Another way is being able to know what your intersecting identity is. Knowing this can help you not only get a better understanding of who and how you really are, but what your actual needs are. For instance my transition from male to female is different from “Suzie”. I don’t need to take hormones to grow breasts, but I do keep unwanted and unruly hair at bay; whereas “Suzie” may not need to keep away unwanted hair but want to grow breasts. Make sense?
One last way is fighting for all-inclusive health care reform that allows people to achieve comfortability within their own mind and body, whether that be from finding the right therapist to have a positive outlet to release your feelings and emotions, or finding the right medical professionals team to monitor the right treatments to fit your needs. It is important for everyone to feel as if they can live and breathe the life that they want to live, or feel that they were meant to live.
All of these topics are just a few of the ones that are present within my community that I have had a connection with and have a moving passion for. Each of these topics are so important within not only their own right but each other. At one point or another each of these topics come to a common ground where everything is at a peaceful standstill, and it is that exact same peaceful standstill that I am wanting to see not only myself achieve but everyone around me regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and yes they are different ;)"
Q Center's Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) turns 15 years old this year! And there's much to celebrate:
15 years of providing a safe space to support and celebrate queer youth.
15 years of working with queer youth and their families.
15 years of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual support provided to queer teens and young adults.
15 years of increased academic success.
15 years of reducing poverty and juvenile crime.
15 years of helping queer youth stay in school.
15 years of creating future community leaders.
All because of the generosity of people like you! Q Center only has $700 to go to reach our $6000 goal to fulfill our "Support 500 LGBTQ Oregon Youth". Please make a gift today and help us with 15 more years of successfully serving LGBTQ youth and youth adults in the Portland metro area!
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