Our touchstone program in the US is p:ear, a community center in Portland for homeless youth, many of whom identify as LGBTQ+. Since 2002, p:ear has mentored over 5,000 youth and provided 310,000 hours of skills-building and mentorship programming. Read more about p:ear here.
Heaven of Hope
Haven of Hope prepares adolescent girls in California’s Child Welfare System for their transition into foster homes, adoptive homes or reunification with families and guardians. The program also equips youth with marketable job skills. Currently Haven of Hope has two Short-term Residential Therapeutic Programs in Santa Cruz County. Check out their website here.
Vulgar is an educational program that offers an intersectional examination of gender, sex, and sexuality. By providing conceptual and activist tools, the program empowers participants to challenge gender and sexual oppression. Vulgar will launch its curriculum and workshops in October 2019.
Encarne is an arts-based social justice curriculum that seeks to activate youth’s creative potential. In 2017, Encarne collaborated with Catalyst, a Mexico-based summer program that brings together youth from across the Americas who have been affected by the war on drugs. To learn more about Encarne’s work, check out their website and video here.
Youth Voices Rethinking the War on Drugs is a year-long capacity building fellowship for high-school students and teachers from communities affected by the War on Drugs. Over the course of the program, teacher+student teams from across the Americas come together both online and in-person to exchange their experiences, deepen their knowledge of drug policy and launch community advocacy projects of their own design. Catalyst creates an unprecedented space in which youth from communities along the trans-continental drug supply chain can come together to connect the dots between their experiences and form a more critical, comprehensive and transnational understanding of the War on Drugs. Learn more here!