Native LGBTQ Youth

Native LGBTQ Youth

Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

It starts with a VISION. I want to have a positive impact on generating a safe and positive environment for Native LGBTQ Youths in my community, a place where they can grow on the reservation without feeling the need to hide. I want to bring positive change for young natives through Skateboarding, art, self-confidence, music, and cultural. One of the main goals is to expand this positive movement across many Reservations to promote a healthy lifestyle for young natives, especially with LGBTQ Youths, to educate youths about LGBTQ and to bring anti-discrimination awareness. NYLA (Native Youth Leadership Alliance) has been a huge help with my idea with building a skate park and to calibrate with Native LGBTQ Youth, to have a safe place for youths or an area that bring youths together like a skate park. Native Youth Leadership Alliance gave me the tools and skills to be a role model for youths, and I am growing and learning everyday. Being involved with young Natives in my community, have the same interest in a skate park and a safe place where they can be themselves, and environment free from discrimination. We plan to use the amount of money from Change Markers to start our project. We are planning to skate across the Navajo Nation to bring awareness about the Skate park and awareness for Native LGBTQ Youth in JUNE 2012. With the help from Change Markers this project is possible.

About You
About You
First Name

Michelle

Last Name

Sherman

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About You, Your Group, or Your Organization
Name

Native Youth Leadership Alliance

Country

, NM, San Juan County

Please confirm that this project could benefit First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples

Yes

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What categories best describe who your group or organization serves (check all that apply)

First Nations people.

What best describes your group or organization

Community group or youth group, Other.

How long have you, your group, or your organization been operating?

Less than a year

Innovation
Define your idea / project in 1-2 short sentences

I want to make a safe environment for all youths. Because I know how it feels to be alone! I want the youths to know, that I am that one person who cares.

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Social Impact
Please tell us about the social impact of your idea or proect

Setting foundations for a leadership role for Native LGBTQ for Youths within the community and the goals I hope to achieve are within the Boys and Girls Club “Be Great Program”. The “Be Great Program” is a Program that mentors young kids on anything they want help with school, homework, etc… What I hope to achieve within the program is: Leadership skills, self-worth, and building relationships within the community. Education about LGBTQ within the “Be Great Program”. Developing Nondiscrimination Policies and Practices within the “Be Great Program”. Create a safe place for Youths, A Skate Park, a community building, etc…on the Navajo Reservation.
Keeping Gay Youth Safe. Preventing Gay Youth Suicide. Awareness about Native LGBTQ Youths/ Anit-Discrimination awareness

Your Future Goal(s): Tell us what you hope to achieve with your idea or project in the next year

I want Native LGBTQ Youths to be free from discrimination, to have support groups on the Navajo Reservation.

In 5 years, what will be different as a result of your idea/project?

On the Navajo Reservation there are a number of Youths that live with poverty, Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Substances use, and Suicide rates are growing every day. There are no or little resources about LGBTQ Youths, no advocates for LGBTQ Youths, no support groups, no safe spaces, there is discrimination, hate crimes, and violence among LGBTQ Youths on the Reservations. There are homeless Youths, who turn to drugs and alcohol, because they were kicked out of their homes for being gay or different. Youths who are Gay, are frightened to come out because they fear their life or will be made fun of. I am here to change that and make that happen, within the 5 years, I want to keep this going for all the years to come, it’s possible that one day we will live free discrimin

Sustainability
Tell us about the people/ partnerships that are already involved and why they are important to your idea or project.

The Boys and Girls club has a small involvement about the idea of Native LGBTQ Youth in the “Be Great Program”. I am anticipating expanding this movement towards the remote areas on the Navajo Reservation schools or creating safe spaces for LGBTQ Youth. To start up an educational system that will help educate the community about LGBTQ:

· Building relationships within the community
· Education about LGBTQ
· Developing Nondiscrimination Policies and Practices
· Keeping Gay Youth Safe
· Preventing Gay Youth Suicide

If there are other people/partners that you will reach out to tell us who they are and why they will be important to your idea or project.

I would like to reach out to the people who have the same passion, who want to change the community for the better.

Describe the kinds of support you receive (other than money) or will need to support your idea or project (e.g.: donated, space, equipment and volunteers)

NYLA (Native Youth Leadership Alliance), San Juan College Out Club, Native American United Club, Dr. Judy Palier A LGBTQ Peer Advocate for San Juan College Students and for City of Farmington NM, Boys & Girls Club of Farmington NM-Franklin Brimage, Rethink Dine’ Power for Community youths, Sweet Reveng- Cakes & Confections-Eric Freeland, Design and Consulting- Grey Gomez and other resources within the LGBTQ family, friends, and volunteers.

Do you currently have funding for your idea or project?

Yes (answer the next two questions)

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