The Association of Latino/as Motivating Action (ALMA) Chicago is proud to announce its first ever 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 2015 in Denver, including the Unión Equals Fuerza: Latino Institute.
*scholarship includes: conference registration fees, airfare, lodging & meals
Scholarship application materials will be available on ALMA’s website at almachicago.org on October 3, 2014. The application submission deadline is November 28, 2014. Award recipients will be notified by January 2, 2015. Creating Change begins February 4th, 2015 and concludes February 8th, 2015.
Download the scholarship application here. [pdf format]
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 2015 – December 2015), approximately 5-10 hours/month
• Must ensure that participation in Creating Change February 4th – 8th 2015 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. This year (2014), 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.
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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