UPDATE: Our application season for 2019 has closed. Our next application season to join our National Trans Youth Council will open again around November of 2019.
Application opens: November 19, 2018
Applications closes: December 31, 2018
Do you want to join the team of young transgender and nonbinary organizers challenging media narratives of our people? Do you want to deepen your organizing and campaign skills, develop your leadership and put this into practice? Do you want to share your own story and support other trans youth in sharing theirs?
TRUTH (TRans yoUTH), is a youth media and organizing program of Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network and Transgender Law Center.
Our goal for our trans youth council is to build an environment where we can accomplish three things:
1. Build community amongst council members to develop a support network for young media activists
2. Build community knowledge and skills (for council members and community members) to further the potential of our movement for justice
3. Build community understanding of storytelling and utilize the tactic to create tangible change (locally, statewide, nationwide)
We welcome young, transgender/genderqueer/non-binary activists from ages 12-22, who are committed to bringing change for transgender communities across the nation! Throughout the two-year term, we hold monthly calls and develop campaigns that uplift the relevant work we wish to push forward together. We also bring our national council together in person a few times; all costs for travel, housing and food are paid for by GSAN/TLC.
As council members, we ask applicants to have capacity to offer approximately 5-10 hours a month to attend monthly council calls and work on our team campaigns and projects. We also ask that council members are able to join (and commit to attending) our in person gatherings. They are as follows:
1. ALL Council Kickoff Gathering (everyone): March 8-10, 2019
2a. Southern Regional Gathering (only Southern folks): May 10-12, 2019
2b. Midwest + Northeastern Gathering (only MW/NE folks): May 24-26, 2019
2c. Western + Southwestern Gathering (only W/SW folks): May 31-June 2, 2019
3. ALL Council National Gathering (everyone): July 23-28, 2019
4. National Training Institute (everyone): August 30-September 2, 2019
We think of our council as an opportunity to grow as leaders and build our capacity to lead the movement for transgender liberation; because this opportunity is only offered to 25 young people a year, we ask for your commitment to attending every monthly team call and in-person gathering.
If you would like to know more about our work with past councils, go to our website ourtranstruth.org and follow our social media at @ourtranstruth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!
We hope we included as much information as you’ll need to apply to join our team. We am very excited to welcome in a new cohort of young transgender/GNC leaders! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Email [email protected].
Juniperangelica/Gia Cordova (she/her)
Senior Organizer, TRUTH Program