Who are we?
Jake & Mr. Labrie
Our project and our objectives:
A week’s worth of fun activities which included: information booths by local support and info groups, cupcake decorating, nail painting and art, karaoke and more!
To educate both the general public and local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth about LGBTQ culture, and services.
To create an environment for outreach, support services and leadership opportunities for LGBTQ people and the community.
To celebrate the rich diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer culture and community.
To provide a positive space and atmosphere within the school
Why did we feel that this project was important for Montreal’s queer and trans youth community?:
Getting through High School is one of the hardest things for a teen growing up and it’s not made easier when you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community. We are trying to create small rays of sunshine in this dim school to make it just a little more bearable and offer all the support we possibly can to anyone who needs it. Offering services outside of the club space to students who may be hesitant to join while bringing everything out into the open to show our support.
What did we do with the money?
We were able to purchase decorations to make the main foyer more vibrant and colorful. Food to hand out to the students and lunch provided for those making the trip to run information sessions, as well as paying their gas and mileage.
Our project process:
There was a lot of back and forth with the groups helping us, needing to decide which dates were appropriate and coordinating transportation. We had weekly meetings with the clubs and mostly all the activities were student chosen so the ideas really came from what the club members wanted to do. Our job as the coordinators were to make that happen and bring the students ideas to life.
What we learned from doing our project that we’d like to share with you:
A presence in a student’s life can be extremely impactful no matter how small the activity. Something that might seem so miniscule can mean so much to youth and really make their life a little brighter. Students can sometimes be hesitant to participate but they do really appreciate all the efforts made for them and just being there can sometimes be enough.
What we’d like other youth to know about our experience with JQY:
Very fun to work with, easy going and simple with clear instructions, willing to help you along the way. Don’t be shy to ask questions and reach out!
How to reach us?
E-mail the JQY team if you would like to get in touch with the Jake! firstname.lastname@example.org