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NGLTF Youth Leadership Training Institute; A Call For Participants

Date: 
May 30, 1996

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) is proud to announce its second national training for young leaders. The NGLTF Youth Leadership Institute is a week-long, intensive training for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and organizers. The Youth Leadership Institute will bring together 20 queer young people from across the country to learn grassroots organizing and leadership skills.

This year's Institute will take place at a retreat center two and a half hours from San Francisco from July 27 to August 7. NGLTF will gather some of our movement's best thinkers and organizers to conduct an intensive grassroots organizing curriculum for the youth. Workshops topics will include "Developing Strategies and Building Coalitions," "The Nuts and Bolts of Organizing," "Making News: Working with the Media" and more. The training will also include concrete skills-building workshops adapted to the specific needs and interests of the participants.

NGLTF will cover some costs for each youth who requires assistance to attend the training, including travel, lodging, food, and other expenses. However, all accepted applicants must be able to cover some costs of the Institute, either on their own or through fundraising. NGLTF staff will be available to assist accepted applicants with fundraising efforts.

Each training participant will be expected to apply the skills and experience gained during the training to a specific project in their community. In addition, graduates of the Institute will have the opportunity to work hands-on with NGLTF staff and local activists organizing a progressive response to the Republican National Convention during the week of August 11 in San Diego.

Applicants should be age 16 to 24, have activism and organizing experience and be ready and willing to take a leadership role in organizing for the rights and empowerment of queer youth. Youth of color, young women, youth with HIV or disabilities, bisexual and transgender young people, and youth in rural areas are especially encouraged to apply.

To receive a Youth Leadership Training Institute application, contact Field Organizer Karen Bullock-Jordan by phone at (202) 332-6483 ext. 3206 or email at karenbj@ngltf.org. Applications are also available on NGLTF's web page at http://www.ngltf.org. Applications must be received by 6pm EST, Friday, June 14. Participants will be selected and notified by July 1.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is the country's oldest national gay and lesbian group and is a progressive organization that has supported grassroots organizing 1973.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.