SUPPORT CANDLE FOR "GIVE OUT DAY!"
***Benefiting The Common Threads Youth Empowerment Retreat***
CANDLE’s Youth Pride Initiative provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth who live in and around Rockland County. Along with offering support groups and educational workshops, YPI organizes a weekend-long youth empowerment retreat called Common Threads. Each year, nearly 100 high school students gather at Common Threads for 3 days of workshops, community building and leadership training. For many of our youth, this is the only space where they feel comfortable being who they are.
Common Threads nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth and allies to live healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. Because of the support we offer, these youth can make positive changes in their families, schools and communities, improving the cultural climate for everyone they touch and making them safer for other LGBTQ people. CANDLE's next Common Threads in 2018 will be the 20th anniversary and we hope to make it the best one yet!
It costs $175 for each participant to attend Common Threads. That covers all costs for the weekend: room, meals, snacks, and supplies for workshops and activities. We never turn away a young person away due to inability to pay, but many simply cannot afford the fees. Your contribution provides scholarships for those who cannot pay the full cost, enabling every youth who wants to attend to be there.
To support CANDLE's Common Threads Youth Empowerment Retreat:
DONATE TO CANDLE - either on Thursday, April 20th, or schedule one in advance by clicking the "Donate" link and choosing 04/20/2017 as the "Charge Date".
FUNDRAISE FOR CANDLE -
1) Click the link to the side – "Become a Fundraiser."
2) Name and set-up your individual fundraiser profile.
3) Start spreading the word and collecting funds!
INFORMATION ON CANDLE’S OTHER LGBTQ PROGRAMMING:
Beyond Common Threads, CANDLE empowers LGBTQ youth through:
o TRUST- A weekly supportive & educational group.
o The Trans Youth Group - A monthly meeting for transgender and gender non-conforming youth.
o The Leadership Project which gets young LGBTQ adults involved in the Rockland LGBTQ community.
o Assistance & support of Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) in schools.
o Trainings and workshops on LGBTQ youth issues & cultural competency for youth-serving professionals & parents.
o Resources and referrals to youth in need.
o Collaboration with other youth organizations to create LGBTQ inclusive programming.
CANDLE's Youth Pride Initiative primarily serves LGBTQ youth in the Lower Hudson Valley region of New York State, but has programs that serve any LGBTQ or straight ally youth in the Northeast.