Youth of CPC's Project Reach Host International Leaders in LGBT Work
CPC's Project Reach, a youth-led organization, hosted 12 leaders from around the world last week to discuss the varied experiences of LGBTGNC/Intersex people in their countries. The group was part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and included individuals from Bangladesh, Bulgaria, France, Grenada, Poland, Singapore, and Vietnam. Discussions about similarities and differences of life for LGBTGNC/Intersex people in these countries, including their protections, safety, and lack thereof, were facilitated by Project Reach's young adults, aged 15 to 22 years old. This included 18 Summer Youth Employment Participants (SYEP) and 4 trained youth staff.
This event, "Resilient Societies, Strengthening Gender Minority Communities" was coordinated with the U.S. Department of State’s New York Program Branch, Office of International Visitors.
Project Reach has a 30 year history of bringing together young people who would otherwise never meet. The organization addresses issues that schools, communities, and organizations avoid or are ill-equipped to handle, including intergroup tensions (racism, sexism, homophobia, immigrant discrimination, ability bias, etc.) and the absence of prevention education strategies. Major services provided to develop intervention skills and cultural competency include:
- workshops and trainings
- teacher and staff development
- technical assistance
- train-the-trainer series for young people and adults