The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago is proud to announce its annual ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship. This scholarship was developed in order to provide financial assistance to outstanding Illinois Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth leaders and youth allies to attend the annual Creating Change Conference. Sponsored by ALMA, Comcast and other generous donors, two young leaders will be awarded scholarships to attend Creating Change 2017 in Philadelphia PA, including the Unión Equals Fuerza: Latino Institute.
*scholarship includes: conference registration fees, lodging & meals
Scholarship application materials will be available on ALMA’s website at almachicago.org on May 20th, 2016. The application submission deadline is November 30, 2016. Award recipients will be notified by December 7, 2016. Creating Change begins January 18, 2017 and concludes January 22, 2017.
For more information about Creating Change, visit: www.creatingchange.org
Eligibility & Requirements
• Latino LGBTQ Youth or Latino Youth Ally
• Age 18-25
• Resident of Illinois
• Demonstrate previous experience (volunteering and/or participation in a group or club) in advocacy and/or activism for the LGBTQ community
• Must be willing and able to commit to one year service on ALMA’s Youth Advisory Board (January 2017 – December 2017), approximately 5-10 hours/month
• Must ensure that participation in Creating Change January 18 – 22 2017 will not interfere and/or will be cleared by employers and/or educational institution
Creating Change is the largest LGBT conference in the country, with about 4,000 participants from all across the country. Last year there were over 390 workshops, training sessions, meetings and events — that range from different issues. Participants learn about different issues, practice and learn new tools to bring back to their communities and implement change.
Also, for the past two years — different Latina/o and LGBT Organizations have organized a “Latino Institute.” There are various day-long institutes, some are issue-based, and others are community-based. Last years (2015), the Latino Institute was the largest, most-attended Institute out of all other ones. The Latino Institute is an inter-generational space, and participants are able to receive more in-depth training about issues affecting the LGBT Latino community. An emphasis has been placed on leadership development and mentoring the younger generation. ALMA is a community sponsor of the Latino Institute.
Choosing the right college is a difficult process for anyone. As a student who identifies as LGBTQ this task becomes downright daunting as they must also try and find a place of acceptance, inclusion, and support.
To help LGBTQ students down this path, we created a guide that they can turn to while making their college decision. We can’t wait for you to join us in sharing our LGBTQ Student’s Guide with the members of your community. It’s as easy as including a link on your site: http://almachicago.org/links.
The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action is proud to announce the recipients of the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship:
This year’s scholarship was developed in order to send young leaders who are LGBTQ Latino and/or allies to attend the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, the largest LGBTQ conference in the country. At this conference our young leaders will learn new tools, network with other leaders, and get them further involved in LGBTQ social justice issues.
The ALMA Board of Directors would like to specially thank Comcast for sponsoring the ALMA Young Latino Leaders for Creating Change Scholarship. We thank you for believing in our community, and our young leaders.
Alfredo is currently the MPowerment facilitator at CALOR, where he has the opportunity to plan events, create campaigns and also provide HIV testing to clients. He is also one of the creators of the web-series, QueerCode, which gathers members of the queer community to speak on various issues affecting our community. Roberto is currently the Intake and Referral Specialist at La Casa Norte, where he provides basic case-management and supportive services to people in the community. Roberto is an aspiring social worker, whose ultimate goal is to provide support for LGBTQ youth of color. Both Alfredo and Roberto are excited to attend Creating Change for the very first time, to learn from the though-proving workshops, and gain new skills. They will also be attending the 3rd annual Union=Fuerza LGBTQ Latino Institute, where they will be among 200 LGBT Latino leaders.
Recipients of the scholarship had to commit themselves to serving on ALMA’s Youth Advisory Board for one year. The Youth Advisory Board will develop strategies to engage young LGBTQ Latinos and allies to work towards improving the our familias here in Illinois. We look forward to having Alfredo and Roberto join our inaugural Youth Advisory Board.
We received many applications from well-deserving young leaders. But due to resources, we were only able to select two individuals. Our selection committee, made up of some Board members and other leaders in the LGBTQ Latino community, deliberated long and hard. Join us in wishing Alfredo and Roberto safe travels. We look forward to all the great work they will be doing this year!
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has set up a site that helps students research their college options and succeed in higher education. Their most recent project is a college guide for LGBT students.
LGBT students can face a unique set of challenges as they acclimate to the college experience. According to a recent survey from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), almost 82% of students reported being verbally harassed. At the same time, students who felt they were in an LGBT-inclusive atmosphere were about 20% less likely to feel unsafe. Our guide includes information on where to look for resources on campus, national support organizations, and even a list of LGBT-specific scholarship opportunities.
“The college guide helps members of the LGBT community choose the right college, find LGBT-specific scholarships, and offers a number of support resources.”
Scholarships available for Illinois Latino college students
The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF) will award twenty-five $2,000 scholarships to currently-enrolled undergraduate college students who are of Latino ancestry and whose home residence is in Illinois. The deadline for application is Friday, October 24, 2014. Scholarship winners will be honored at the 12th Annual ILLCF Conference on November 21, 2014. Guidelines and application forms for the ILLCF scholarships are available at www.illcf.org.
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