Welcome to the home page of Youth For A Change
for A Change History
for A Change was founded by Jen Marchbank and Sylvia Traphan
in March 2012 under the name Youth OUTreach.
In total around 30 youth have visited over the 2 plus
years and we now have a very active core of around 10 very
dedicated young people. The group meets each Monday night from
6 to 8.30pm to educate, discuss and plan our activities.
Although we are based in Surrey we work all over.
are a group of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer
youth (13-22) who want to make a difference in the lives of
youth. We are advocates, activists and educators. We come from
diverse backgrounds and experiences but we share a need to
make positive change and be active.
do we do?
educate ourselves and others through a variety of means
offer workshops to schools, learning centres and other youth
groups on topics such as: Homophobia and Transphobia (called
What’s in it for the Homophobe?); Gender Identities; Youth
Homelessness and Healthy Teen Relationships.
We educate ourselves about LGBTQ history through
documentaries, research and discussions
We network with other LGBTQ groups to further
our knowledge about their activities both locally and
We participate in the training of youth and
We attend Pride and other festivals to spread
the word about ourselves and the issues important to LGBTQ
We train ourselves to be advocates, how to lobby
politicians, how to make requests of Council and School Board
We train the next generation of youth leaders,
we have two Peer Leaders (youth from the group now taking more
We flash mob
We monitor School Board policy on
Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia
We participate in campaigns, such as Encourage
City Hall to Fly the Pride Flag
We do intergenerational work so that we learn
from our elders and can inform them about our lives
We do creative performances, express ourselves
through art, poetry and spoken word
We organize community events
Our members take leadership roles in other
organizations, such as Gay Straight Alliances in schools
We go on field trips, often to Council Chambers
We lobby for gender neutral facilities
We support each other
We have lots of fun
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