Youth Action Board members oversee and have input in all of COLAGE's work to make sure all of the programs are in alignment with COLAGE"s mission to support youth and adult children in LGBTQIA+ families. Youth Action Board members also organize their own virtual youth-led projects with peers and other volunteers across the country.
1) COLAGE Family is an online safe place via Facebook for folks 13+ who want to connect with others across the country (and world!) who share the experience of having one or more Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and or Queer parent or caregiver. COLAGErs use this group to ask questions, share stories, post videos or related articles. In this space, folks who are from all over the country and world, who often don’t have any other ways to access families like theirs, can create community, support each other, and become strong advocates for themselves and their families. Currently we have hundreds of members and are led by three youth leaders who are part of the Youth Advisory Board. 2) The Kid Safe Blog is a blog that unites youth who have lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into an online network of peers. We are youth ages 12-adult (however you define that) who have have lesbian, gay, biseuxal, transgender and queer parent(s)/caregiver(s) from all over the country.We created this blog to document the struggles, rewards and experiences that come along with having one or more LGBTQ parent, that is so rarely seen in the world at large. It is a way of reminding each other that we are never alone, and there will always be a network of people to turn to. This blog is important because it strives to make a safe place where kids and teens can ask questions about everything related to having an LGBTQ parent. This blog will help youth teach other youth how to be get through bullying and help them stop it. We will be posting our own stories, thoughts and ideas here as well as answering questions submitted by YOU!Kids and teens should feel at home on this blog; They should feel that they always have a community to talk to. Overall this blog is an online safe haven for the youth in our community. (Please note, current members have decided it would be best to archive this for now, but if you are interested in bringing it back and recruiting new writers, we would be happy to support you.) 3) The COLAGE YAB Instagram is an instagram page used to bring visibility to our lives in an attempt to normalize the perception of our families. We are transitioning from the Kid Safe Blog to the Instagram page to reach a larger portion of our target audience. The page will serve to post annoncements, but also be used for blog posts/ spotlights of members of our community and will continue the tradition of Instagram story takeovers leading up to and during Family Week. This is a new project so we are looking for any and all input on how to make it a success! Or propose your own project!
The YAB as a whole meets four times a year for 30 minutes to one hour on video conference calls and attendance to those meetings is mandatory. We have a yearly celebration in the late summer in Provincetown, MA during our Family Week that we welcome all YAB members to attend. The YAB also helps raise money for COLAGE during the year by providing quotes and sharing fundraising pictures and links.
-COLAGE Youth Advisory Board