Forever You & I and The Pride & The Proud Project
Name of Your Organization:
YVote/Next Generation Politics
Overview of the Project - Please provide a brief description of the project.
Our Gender & LGBTQ+ Justice Groups propose to provide forum-based programs for middle schools around all five boroughs. Schools will have the ability to choose among two different programs.
I. The Pride & The Proud Project
Representatives from our LGBTQ+ justice group will introduce two guest speakers for every meeting, one LGBTQ+ youth as well as one teacher from a selected school (either LGBTQ+ or an Ally), who will narrate their personal experience of what it means to be LGBTQ+ and/or an Ally. Following the course of a 45- 2 hour session, our group will lead a presentation on the brief history of the LGBTQ+ community and discuss the historic and modern policies surrounding the issues that they have had and still continue to endure. Lastly, we will transition to an open space where we will pose questions to the group and engage in a seminar of speaking and learning from each other. We will provide them with a pamphlet emphasizing how important it is to fight for reform. As a thank you for their time, we will give them trinkets and memorabilia items to remind them of our cause and to continue advocating for this issue.
II. Forever You & I
Representatives from our Gender Justice group will facilitate an enrichment program that focuses on the education, encouragement, and empowerment of young people.
- Education: teach lessons on historical and contemporary figures that advocate(d) for gender justice
- Empowerment: Hold weekly motivational seminars around debunking gender norms and creating strong gender identity and pride
There are many young teens in New York who are severely undereducated on significant concepts that can help mold and shape their future. This program will provide a safe space for boys and girls to become educated on the important gender justice figures, both historical and contemporary, and encourage and empower them through the use of motivational webinars and engaging activities and projects to truly mold future leaders in the community.
Which of the following issues does your project address?
- Issue 1 - Addressing Mental Health
- Issue 2 - Preparation for College and/or Career
- Issue 3 - Youth Advocacy Promotion
In our project, we will address Issue 1 and Issue 3
Youth Engagement - Please explain how you will engage youth in the planning and implementation of the project.
A dozen youth who are part of these Justice Groups, supported by another 60 youth who are part of YVote, designed this proposal and will be involved in every aspect of implementing it. Our impact on middle school communities will be by getting more information to middle schoolers who are exploring their individuality and/or might be confused about their identity. We will assess our impact by conducting surveys to get a sense of their feelings about the LGBTQ+ community and new knowledge about the issues. We will engage in post-discussions after our presentations, and finalize our session with important messages and calls to action.
The budget would be used to provide participants with stipends, memorabilia with which to remember and take pride in what we learn, and to engage and honor guest speakers for webinars that will provide participants with vital knowledge
Budget - Your total project budget must equal $20,000 to be placed on the ballot for a youth vote. Please provide a brief description of what the funds would be used for to successfully implement your project. You will also need to download, fill in, and attach a full budget using this template.
$4000 [stipends for speakers]
$3000 [stipends for youth creators/coordinators]
$3000 [videographer and professional video editing]
$4000 [incentives for participants]
$500 [pins] (half of our pins will say “Proud” and the other half will say “Allies”)
$1000 [pamphlets and flyers with detailed information]
$1500 [water bottles with gender & LGBTQ+ figures
$1000 [pens and pencils with gender & LGBTQ+ facts]
$1000 [Tote bags with gender & LGBTQ+ figures]
$1000 [Face Masks w logos]
Timeline- Please describe the timeline for the implementation and completion of the project. All work for this project must be completed by June 30, 2021, which is the end of the city’s fiscal year and the deadline for the funds to be spent.
Late March-early April:we will contact and form partnerships with schools and community based organizations, discuss their needs and desires, and develop content for the workshops.
early April - June 30th: We will conduct workshops (for 45 min to 2 hours), ideally in schools and if not safe, through Zoom. If there are no live classes during the spring, we will mail our materials and gifts to schools beforehand and count on the to deliver the goods.
The following neighborhoods are targets for this program:
Manhattan-- East Harlem, Lower East Side and Washington Heights
Brooklyn-- Bedford Stuyvesant and Sunset Park
Bronx--Mott Haven and Hunts Point
Queens--Elmhurst/Corona and Jamaica/St Albans
Staten Island-- St. George
Project Activity Alignment - How does your project align with at least one of the following topics:
- Leadership skills development: organizing & advocacy trainings
- Stewardship of public spaces: public parks, transportation, etc.
- Youth and student engagement
- Civic education and advocacy
- Community outreach involving residents that have been historically underrepresented in or underserved by city government and its processes
Our project aligns with 3, 4, and 5
What is your organization's area of focus?
- Children and youth related
- Advocacy and organizing
- Arts and culture
- Civic engagement
- Education and literacy
- Emergency management and disaster response
- Employment and workforce development
- Environment and sustainability
- Food access
- Health and medicine
- Homelessness and/or affordable housing
- Human rights
- Human services
- Immigrants and/or refugees
- Justice related
- Legal services
- People with disabilities
- Senior services
- Women's issues
We address #1, 2, 4, 5, 13,16, 20
Affirmations - Type "YES" below each statement to affirm that you are eligible to appear on the ballot for this process.
I confirm that my organization will be registered in the NYC Payee Information Portal and in PassPort, NYC’s online procurement system, in order to receive funding from the City of New York.
I confirm that my organization is able to front the costs of implementing this project. Organizations will be paid based on deliverables.
Completion of Deliverables: I understand all deliverables must be completed by June 30th, 2021.
I understand a condition of funding includes submission of a final report upon project completion, and participating in a debrief session with the CEC.
Thank you for your proposal submission! Based on our review, your proposal is eligible according to the project guidelines and will be placed on the ballot for the youth vote to take place in February. We may reach out if we need further information to prepare the ballot.
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