Apply for the 2021 Roses Youth Council

Applications are open on a rolling basis.

Are you a trans girl of color who is sparking change around your community and want to connect with other leading girls nationwide? Do you want to boost your organizing, research, and leadership skills and build movement experience with other young activists? Do you want to share your own story and support other trans youth in sharing theirs?

The Roses Initiative is a trans youth leadership program supported by GSA Network and Transgender Law Center via Gender Justice Leadership Programs. The initiative centers the expertise and leadership of trans girls of color who are organizing toward a future free from the violence trans women and girls of color face for living as their authentic selves.

The (inaugural! or first-ever!) 2021 Roses Youth Council will work together as a team to strengthen organizing and leadership skills while holding important conversations about the experiences and demands of our community. This is a great way for trans girls between the ages of 14-18 to grow in their leadership and continue to make lasting impacts on our movement for gender justice and liberation.

Applications for the Roses Youth Council are on a rolling-basis this year, so if you are interested, apply today and join the team.

All council members are eligible for a quarterly $300 educational award each quarter. This means that council members can receive up to $300 every three months you’re involved.

Our team welcomes all young, transgender girls and non-binary fems of color activists from ages 14-18 to apply for open council positions. Council members should expect 5-8 hours of programming each month, including workshops, council meetings, and other programming events.

If you would like to know more about our work with past National Trans Youth Councils (from our TRUTH program), visit our leadership page and follow our program’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook via @ourtranstruth!

We are excited to welcome in a new cohort of young and powerful trans girls of color! Questions should be emailed to [email protected]

Mulani Jackson

Roses Initiative Fellow

Apply for the Roses Youth Council

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  • Storytime!

    Our program believes that storytelling is a form of activism that can shift common narratives about our people and work to push us toward liberation. Throughout your time with the program, our goal is to support you in crafting your story, becoming comfortable and confident in sharing your experiences, and ultimately, becoming a skilled and experienced media-based advocate to help shift the common narrative of our community. This application is step 1 of that journey; complete this application by sharing a short glimpse of your life story. When writing, consider focusing on key pieces of who you are and experiences that have shaped the person you are today and/or the person you are becoming. Within your response, answer three questions: (1) Who are you? (2) What does trans liberation look like for you? Why is it important to uplift the voices of trans girls of color in gender justice? (3) Based on your experiences in either family, school, or community, what are some of the greatest challenges facing trans girls of color in your state, and how have you participated in fighting these challenges? How can mainstream movement better care of trans girls of color?
  • You may submit 1 page of writing/storytelling, which should be 400-600 words or a 3-5 minute video response. Applications are not weighted differently depending on the method of response. If you are submitting your story written, please paste your one-page response in this box below. If you are submitting a video, write "Roses Video submission." in the box below and email the video file separately to [email protected]