YOUTH FOR A CHANGE LGBTQ+ Meet

We are a group of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer youth (13-22) who want to make a difference in the lives of youth. We are advocates, activists and educators. We come from diverse backgrounds and experiences but we share a need to make positive change and be active.

  • What do we do? We educate ourselves and others through a variety of means ♦ We offer workshops to schools, learning centres and other youth groups on topics such as: Homophobia and Transphobia (called What’s in it for the Homophobe?); Gender Identities; Youth Homelessness and Healthy Teen Relationships ♦ We educate ourselves about LGBTQ history through documentaries, research and discussions ♦ We network with other LGBTQ groups to further our knowledge about their activities both locally and internationally ♦ We participate in the training of youth and community workers ♦ We attend Pride and other festivals to spread the word about ourselves and the issues important to LGBTQ youth ♦ We train ourselves to be advocates, how to lobby politicians, how to make requests of Council and School Board ♦ We train the next generation of youth leaders, we have two Peer Leaders (youth from the group now taking more leadership) ♦ We flash mob ♦ We monitor School Board policy on Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia ♦ We participate in campaigns, such as Encourage City Hall to Fly the Pride Flag ♦ We do intergenerational work so that we learn from our elders and can inform them about our lives ♦ We do creative performances, express ourselves through art, poetry and spoken word ♦ We organize community events ♦ Our members take leadership roles in other organizations, such as Gay Straight Alliances in schools amongst others ♦ We go on field trips, often to Council Chambers ♦ We lobby for gender neutral facilities ♦ We support each other ♦ We have lots of fun!
  • When and where do we meet? Our regular meeting is on Monday evenings 6-8.30 pm at Newton Youth Resource Centre. We also meet at other times and places when there are other events, &/or activities.
  • Can you join? The only qualification for membership is to be LGBTQ or an ally and be 13 to 21 years of age. You don’t have to live in Surrey. You do have to be prepared to educate yourself and to participate. Not everyone does public speaking, but everyone is engaged and part of our decision making and advocacy at some level.
  • Looking for a Student Practicum / Placement? We do take students for work experience for college and university. Please contact sylviatraphan@yahoo.ca.

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