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Identity’s LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership Team addresses obstacles faced by queer youth in Alaska. They build the community youth want, tackle issues that impact LGBTQ+ youth, and empower one another.
All youth ages 14 to 18 years old who self-identify as LGBTQ+ and live in Alaska are invited to apply. Youth meet weekly using virtual platforms and mobilize around topics they are passionate about.
Youth develop leadership skills, connect with other LGBTQ+ around that state, and make a positive difference in our community.
Applications for the 2022 team of The Rainbow Youth Agenda will open in Fall/Winter of 2021.
Why is Identity bringing this youth team together?
Identity is recruiting a team of youth who will design and implement projects that address obstacles faced by queer youth in Alaska. We want a world where all youth, especially LGBTQ+ youth and youth of color, know that they matter and that they are not alone. Identity’s LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership Project serves LGBTQ+ youth by bringing them further into the leadership of our organization and having them co-build our programs moving forward.
What do you gain from being on the team?
All youth team members participate in a leadership curriculum that enhances their skills in organizing and implementing advocacy projects. Youth gain experience in teamwork, collaboration, and social justice advocacy that they can write into their resumes. Additionally, each youth will receive a $250 stipend for their participation on the leadership team.
Who is eligible to apply?
Identity will select 10 to 20 youth ages 14 to 18 years old who self-identify as LGBTQ+. We will select youth leaders based on the content of the application, age, and the additional experiences and identities they bring to the team. We hope to bring together a Youth Leadership Team that is representative of Alaska’s community; therefore, we are intentionally inviting queer and trans BIPOC youth to apply, youth who hold mutliple underserved identities, and/or who live in rural communities around Alaska (outside of Anchorage). If you are within the age range, LGBTQ+, and live in Alaska, we strongly encourage you to apply! We look forward to seeing all of your applications.
How do you join the Youth Leadership Team?
The application will go online and will need to be submitted before posted deadline.
Applicants will continue forward in the process based on a first-round review of applications. Interview invitations will be sent out by January 8.
All interviews will last approximately 30 minutes. Interviews will be scheduled January 11-15. Interviews will be a video conference conducted online using Zoom. *If an applicant is unable to join a video call, due to internet limitations or access to a camera, the interview can be conducted via phone call.
Selection notifications will be emailed out by Jan. 21. The selection process for the Youth Leadership Team is intentional in our effort to bring together a team that is diverse in lived experiences, skill sets, and identities. If you are not selected for the 2021 Youth Leadership Team cohort, we strongly encourage you to apply again in the following year, and you can always reach out to Identity to seek feedback. Identity can also connect you with further leadership opportunities with partner organizations and community efforts.