Attention Storytellers! Share Your Story of Kindness
Calling all storytellers! If you have an aspirational + kind story you want to share, Channel Kindness would love to hear from you!
Channel Kindness is a digital platform launched by Born This Way Foundation with the purpose of empowering young people to create a kinder and braver world. Through the power of storytelling, they hope to inspire their audience to spread kindness, encourage acceptance, and elevate the stories of good that happen in our communities each day.
What type of content they’re looking for: Stories can be written or audio. They love first-person essays with an aspirational tone. Just think: What hopeful or uplifting story do you want to share with others? They're also looking for content that reports on the kind, compassionate, and brave individuals, organizations, and events that shape our communities!
Find out more information and how to submit your story by clicking below.
Check out the Youth Voices Blog, an online blog for LGBTQ+ youth by LGBTQ+ youth. Youth Voices exists to share the perspective of the world from the eyes of today’s queer youth through various forms of media. Click below to head to their site.
Join the Youth Action Board to End Youth Homelessness
The Essex County Youth Action Board (YAB) is currently looking for new members. The YAB is a group of young adults (ages 18-24) who have experienced homelessness or housing instability and who are working to create and implement a plan to prevent and end youth and young adult homelessness in the state of Massachusetts. Members are paid for their time.
The Essex County YAB’s purpose is to be the voice and expertise of what youth experiencing homelessness are dealing with within their communities. The goal is for programs and the cities to listen to and learn from the Essex County YAB to improve policies affecting those experiencing homelessness as young adults.
If you're interested, please join them at a virtual meeting on every third Thursday of the month from 4:00-5:30pm.
The Zoom meeting ID is 821 7519 7857 or
call in at 312-626-6799.
Free Online Library of Audiobooks and Ebooks
OverDrive is an online library where you can check out audiobooks and ebooks for free. OverDRive has a wide variety of books, but Candid for OverDrive has a selection of books for "diversity, equality, and inclusion". To use OverDrive, you'll just need a free, public library account. If you don't have one contact, your local public library. To get started with OverDrive, click below.
The GSA Leadership Council is part of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. The GSA Leadership Council creates and informs policy, promotes inclusive learning environments for all students, supports the development of leadership skills, and fosters statewide collaboration among LGBTQ students and allies. Members of the GSA Leadership Council develop and implement projects designed to make change in local schools, districts, and regions. The GSA Leadership Council consists of a State Council and five region-based councils: Greater Boston, Central, Northeast, Southeast, and Western. The GSA Leadership Summit is a multi-day conference for high school students who are selected for seats on the coming school year’s State GSA Leadership Council.
Summit will take place August 13-16th, 2021, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is an overnight trip including two evenings (Saturday and Sunday) for students and three evenings (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) for volunteers. All participants will be provided with accommodations and food for the full weekend. At this time, we are planning for an in-person event. However, we are prepared to switch to a virtual format depending on Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines.
The 2021-22 GSA Leadership State Council will consist of 75 members: 50 student leaders and 25 adult volunteers, evenly distributed among the five regions. We strongly encourage all interested students to apply! Please find the student and volunteer applications my clicking below.
Weekly Workshops for Trans, Non-Binary, & Allied Individuals
Trans Club of New England hosts free virtual workshops every Wednesday from 7-8pm Eastern Time. If you are transgender or non-binary, or an ally, join them to learn more about topics such as transgender medical care, financial, legal, and political concerns, wellness, as transition advice. Click the link below for topics of upcoming workshops and to register.
Do You Know Someone Who Needs Help with Rent, Food, or Utilities?
If you know someone or you are someone in the NAGLY community that needs help with paying for food, utilities, or other daily needs, NAGLY has a number of gift cards to help out NAGLY community members. If you are reading this now, we consider you part of the NAGLY community. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need assistance. Email Todd@nagly.org.
Q Chat Space provides online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens ages 13 to 19. It is not a forum. It is live and chat based; there is no video or audio. Everyone is chatting during the same pre-scheduled time.
Conversations are facilitated by experienced staff who work at LGBTQ+ centers around the country.
Watch "Queer Youth Changing the World" Series on YouTube
“Out in Front: Queer Youth Changing the World” is the new "It Gets Better Project" docu-series that offers a look into the lives of five LGBTQ+ activists who are using their voices to champion a better tomorrow. Click the button below to watch.