Invitation : SMYAL for New Year

SMYAL for the New Year

Join SMYAL’s Young Donors Committee, the SMYAL Allies, and members of the board and staff for SMYAL for the New Year. Celebrate the new year with a toast, learn about SMYAL’s current programmatic work, and renew your commitment to support and empower LGBTQ youth in 2020. Click on the above image to be redirected to SMYAL’s website.


Wednesday, January 22
6:00 – 8:00 pm 

Longview Gallery

1234 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 


  Event Co-chairs

James Reeves & Victoria Mitchell


Open bar with light hors d’oeuvres provided


Sponsored by

 

 

Job Opening at the DC Center: Community Engagement Specialist – Position Filled

Job Opportunities at the DC Center for the LGBT Community

***We are no longer accepting applicants***

 

Job Opening at the DC Center: Community Engagement Specialist

 

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is hiring! We are looking for a full-time Community Engagement Specialist to work with our new Total Care Team doing Early Intervention Services under our new Ryan White (part A) Grant.   

Position Details:

This position requires a person that is knowledgeable about marginalized communities that are at greater risk for HIV, Hep C, and other STI’s due to barriers minority communities experience due to oppression and socio-economic inequalities.  Much of the work is focused on Gender Non Binary, Transgender and MSM populations.  

The DC Center for the LGBT Community has a mission of educating, empowering, celebrating, and connecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual,queer, and transgender communities of Washington, DC. The Community Engagement Specialist will help to achieve this mission by providing culturally competent  supportive services to the aforementioned populations. This particular grant is status neutral so it includes both positive and negative populations. Persons of color from LGBTQ communities are encouraged to apply, as we seek to develop more diversity within our staff and services.  

 Special Skills:  

The Community Engagement Specialist  will provide referral assistance and direct service (medical and non-medical) to ensure disparities that challenge access to care and/or treatment are addressed to give community members their best chance at maintaining a healthy status through traditional sexual health strategies, biomedical prevention (PrEP); and through treatment as prevention and the U=U model (undetectable = untransmittable). 

The person who fills this position is also responsible for other duties, such as minor case management, outreach, health education, data collection and  data entry. The Community Engagement Specialist will report to the Community Engagement Manager directly.

 

Functions and Duties 

  Community Engagement Specialist / Total Care Team 

 

  1. Collect and enter data from focus populations in respective systems (Careware, Link U, Redcap)
  2. Engage groups and individuals in sexual health education and planning sessions
  3. Provide referrals to eliminate barriers, thus increasing improved health outcomes
  4. Assist in meeting program goals that reduce harm and risk, improving the quality of life 
  5. Provide client-centered service that reflects status neutral healthcare and education
  6. Engage and retain focus population clients in HI-V programming and assist in achieving individual goals. 
  7. Educate on viral suppression and PrEP; providing timely linkage to care
  8. Contribute to programming, marketing, and branding of culturally competent services
  9. Assist in testing, in-reach, outreach, and representing the organization in professional settings
  10. Engage volunteers and clients as directed to meet program and grant deliverables 
  11. Facilitate or Coordinate testing for focus populations
  12. Promote Rapid treatment and Comprehensive Harm & Risk Reduction initiatives
  13. Assist in Facilitating Cultural Competency training’s for organizations and individuals
  14. Assist with Consumer Satisfaction Surveys and data to ensure program effectiveness
  15. Assist in implementing and tracking medical and non-medical support and client outcomes
  16. Work with associated staff to ensure grant deliverables and promote program continuity 
  17. Provide good customer service and assist in various capacities as needed 

 

Please send qualified resumes to  justin@thedccenter.org before Monday, October 7th. Salary Range is expected to fall within $38,480 – $45,760

 

*Interviews will be held on 10/16/19 and 10/17/19 

2019 Youth Count

Youth Count

Every year, The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness (TCP) together with the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Youth Subcommittee of the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness (DCICH) plans and conducts the Homeless Youth Census (HYC) – or “Youth Count DC” – in an effort to better understand the scope and scale of homelessness and housing instability among youth living in the District. The 2019 Youth Count DC will take place from September 20th to September 28th, 2019. The information collected in this nine-day survey event creates an annual “snapshot” of the number of youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability that aids District policy-makers and funders in making smarter, data-driven decisions about resource allocation and helps us track progress toward the District’s strategic plan to end youth homelessness.  One important piece of this is understanding how many youth experiencing homelessness are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

The DC Center will once again be participating in the survey.  Youth experiencing homelessness that are visiting the center between September 20th and September 28th will be invited to complete a survey and receive a (TBD) incentive.

Important Information about Youth Count DC:

  • As the name suggests, Youth Count DC will focus solely on unaccompanied individuals and heads of family households who are age 24 and under;
  • In addition to “literally homeless” youth – youth who are experiencing homelessness while in shelter, transitional housing or living on the street – it also includes young people who are living in unstable housing arrangements (e.g. in doubled-up situations or “couch surfing”);
  • It is conducted through partnering organizations that administer surveys with youth who are encountered: 1) in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs; 2) on-site at places that youth frequent (including meal programs, after-school programs, drop-in centers, etc.); and 3) with street-based homeless outreach teams.

What you need to know to prepare:

If f you have never participated and want to learn more, please do not hesitate to contact me [Elisabeth Young] at EYoung@community-partnership.org.

More information will be shared here as it becomes available.

 

Program Coordinator for Rainbow Youth Alliance, Rockville, MD

Rainbow Youth Alliance (RYA), a program of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville, is hiring a licensed clinical program coordinator (social work, counseling). RYA offers community support for LGBTQIA youth and their allies. RYA envisions a future in which LGBTQIA teens have access to safe, nurturing environments where they are respected, listened to, and given information and skills. Their mission is to provide safe places for LGBTQIA teens to ask questions, find mutual support, and learn information pertinent to their lives.
The position is part-time (approximately 5-hrs a week) and includes the clinical direction and facilitation of biweekly support groups as wells as coordinating the RYA volunteers. Applicants must hold a current clinical license in Maryland (LGs okay). For more information, see the job announcement below or go to the RYA Website.

About Rainbow Youth Alliance
Rainbow Youth Alliance (RYA), a program of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville (UUCR), provides community support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning teens and their allies – known to us as rainbow teens. RYA envisions a future in which rainbow teens have access to safe, nurturing environments where they are respected, listened to, and given information and skills. Our mission is to provide safe places for rainbow teens to ask questions, find mutual support, and learn information pertinent to their lives.

Job Summary

The Program Coordinator provides clinical direction and support to RYA programming. They facilitate twice-monthly support groups, recruits and manages volunteer facilitators, and plans/oversees social events geared at increasing LGBTQ youth connection and community. The Program Coordinator reports directly to the supervisor designated by (and based at) UUCR. UUCR provides meeting space, other in-kind resources, and leadership for RYA. UUCR does not provide office space, computer support, or secretarial support for RYA.

The Program Coordinator is expected to spend approximately 5 hours/week as an independent contractor. The hourly wage will be determined based on the individual’s training, experience, and expertise. Payment will be provided monthly upon submission of an approved invoice. No benefits or insurance of any kind is included for this position. For licensed mental health applicants, they are expected to carry and show proof of their own malpractice insurance.

Primary Essential Duties

  • Oversee clinical aspects of RYA programming, including support groups, social events, and other areas as need arises
  • Facilitate twice-monthly support groups (1st and 3rd Sundays, 3:45 – 6 PM) for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their allies ages 13-18
  • Plan and oversee youth social events and activities outside of RYA support meetings
  • Recruit and manage volunteer adult facilitators for RYA programming, including support groups and social functions
  • Develop and conduct volunteer training on topics such as trauma-informed practices, group facilitation skills, crisis response, mandated reporting, confidentiality, LGBTQ youth
  • Manage RYA Program Coordinator email and phone account, including responding to all inquiries within 2 business days
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all support groups and socials, including youth sign-in sheets
  • Attend bi-monthly RYA Advisory Council and provides Program Coordinator report to include clinical updates and upcoming events
  • Work with RYA Advisory Council to identify areas for performance improvement and professional development
  • Attend external training, workshops, and conferences for professional development and keeps abreast of changes and innovations in the field
  • Other duties as assigned

The above job description is designed to indicate a general sense of the duties and expectations of this position. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required. As the nature of our business demands change, so too, may the duties and responsibilities of this position. You may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.

Education and Experience Required

  • Requires Masters-level education in Social Work, Counseling, or other related mental health field
  • Knowledge of and experience with adolescents, including adolescent development, trauma-informed care, and group support
  • Knowledge of and experience with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth
  • Clinical licensure in Maryland, or license-eligible preferred

To apply, please send the following items to telliott@rainbowyouthalliancemd.org:

  • CV/resume
  • Cover letter highlighting relevant experiences and education
  • 3 professional references

UUCR-Rainbow Youth Alliance is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. UUCR-RYA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Meet the Staff: Alex

Welcome Alex to the DC Center! He is excited to join as the new Social Media and Advocacy intern. He looks forward to promoting the DC Center and increasing equity in our community. You can meet Alex at the DC Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays! He is a community organizer, artist, and Goucher College student with an Individualized Interdisciplinary Major called “Social Media for Social Change.”

Birthdate, Astro Sign
15 May, Taurus

Where are you originally from?
San Diego, California

Why did you start working at the DC Center?
I started working at the DC Center because their Trans Support Groups helped me get through some of my greatest challenges when I came out and moved to DC in 2016.

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?
I love having the opportunity to help people, connect with the LGBTQ+ community, and collaborate with a fantastic team.

What is your music anthem?
Love Is Love by Alfie Arcuri

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?
The communal support and dedication to uplifting one another.

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?
I love walking in Rock Creek Park.

What is your favorite queer movie?  
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?  
Purple

Who do you look up to in the queer community?
Ellen Degeneres because she is authentic, hilarious, and wonderfully kind. Laverne Cox because she fights for our rights and shares vital, inspiring messages. All of my trans friends and mentors who have helped me get to where I am today.

Testimony on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

In response to the DC City Council’s budget oversight hearing for the Department of Human Services, the Youth Working Group submitted testimony regarding LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness in DC. The Youth Working Group urged the Council to consider the need for a safe system for youth to submit complaints and the need for LGBTQ competency training at shelters and housing providers. Read the full testimony letter the Working Group submitted below.

Did you know the DC Center has lockers for youth experiencing homelessness?

For more information on the Youth Working Group, visit https://thedccenter.org/youth/

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Dear City Council Members,

I am writing today on behalf of the Youth Working Group at the DC Center for The LGBT Community. We are a group of adult advocates who work with LGBTQ youth in a variety of contexts and organizations throughout the city and come together at the DC Center on a monthly basis with the goal of ensuring that LGBTQ youth in D.C. can enjoy freedom from displacement, harassment, and bullying, in a community where youth feel safe, respected, and connected.

At this time, we would like to raise concerns about the safety of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. As we know, nearly 40% of youth experiencing homeless in D.C. identify as LGBTQ. These youth are placed at an increased risk of harassment from both peers and facility staff when entering shelters and housing providers, often leaving youth unsafe and vulnerable when visiting these facilities. We have noted, however, that when issues do arise, there is no safe way for youth to submit complaints without fear of retaliation. For many youth, the possibility of jeopardizing their housing situation constitutes too high a risk to raise concerns directly.

As such, we ask that the Council support and set aside aside funding for the creation of an anonymous complaint system for shelter and housing providers, giving LGBTQ youth the opportunity to express their concerns–and compliments– with the assurance that they will be heard and efficiently followed up on. Relatedly, we urge the Council to consider the need for and bring forth legislation to enact LGBTQ competency training for all staff at shelter facilities and housing programs in the District of Columbia. These persons are integral to the services provided youth in the District, and LGBTQ competency is essential when interacting with this vulnerable population. We consider this equally as important as the legislation for mandatory competency training enacted in 2016 (B21-0168) for healthcare providers serving LGBTQ youth. Finally, we also affirm the proposal for additional funding for youth beds and encourage the expansion of capacity in low-barrier shelters for LGBT youth.

We appreciate your time and consideration of these requests.

Kind regards,

Taryn Kitchen
on behalf of the Youth Working Group
The DC Center for the LGBT Community

Breaking Ground 2019

The award winning theater program “Breaking Ground” is recruiting for the 2019 season and is looking for actors, singers, dancers, poets, artists and performers!

Breaking Ground is an Obama White House Summer program for LGBTQIA+ youth of color age 16-30 where they create a full-length musical theater production based on their life stories, and addressing the unique culture and experiences of their people.

Issues addressed in the show cover dating, sex, mental health, body image, HIV/AIDS, transphobia and the trans experience, racism, substance abuse and many other important topics.

Breaking Ground REQUIRES an audition (not based in arts talent, but evidence of passion for community and the program).

Transgender men and women, gender non-conforming, intersex,  and cisgender women are encouraged to apply and welcome to join to ensure diverse stories and experiences are represented.

If you are interested, click here to register.

Rainbow Youth Alliance Seeks Program Coordinator

The Rainbow Youth Alliance MD is currently seeking a new Program Coordinator.

About Rainbow Youth Alliance

Rainbow Youth Alliance (RYA), a program of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville (UUCR), provides community support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning teens and their allies – known to us as rainbow teens. RYA envisions a future in which rainbow teens have access to safe, nurturing environments where they are respected, listened to, and given information and skills. Our mission is to provide safe places for rainbow teens to ask questions, find mutual support, and learn information pertinent to their lives.

Job Summary

The Program Coordinator provides clinical direction and support to RYA programming. They facilitate twice-monthly support groups, recruits and manages volunteer facilitators, and plans/oversees social events geared at increasing LGBTQ youth connection and community. The Program Coordinator reports directly to the supervisor designated by (and based at) UUCR. UUCR provides meeting space, other in-kind resources, and leadership for RYA. UUCR does not provide office space, computer support, or secretarial support for RYA. The Program Coordinator is expected to spend approximately 5 hours/week as an independent contractor. The hourly wage will be determined based on the individual’s training, experience, and expertise. Payment will
be provided monthly upon submission of an approved invoice. No benefits or insurance of any kind are included for this position. For licensed mental health applicants, they are expected to carry and show proof of their own malpractice insurance.

Primary Essential Duties

  • Oversee clinical aspects of RYA programming, including support groups, social events, and other areas as
    need arises
  • Facilitate twice-monthly support groups (1st and 3rd Sundays, 3:45 – 6 PM) for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
    transgender, queer, and questioning youth and their allies ages 13-18
  • Plan and oversee youth social events and activities outside of RYA support meetings
  • Recruit and manage volunteer adult facilitators for RYA programming, including support groups and social
    functions
  • Develop and conduct volunteer trainings on topics such as trauma-informed practices, group facilitation
    skills, crisis response, mandated reporting, confidentiality, LGBTQ youth
  • Manage RYA Program Coordinator email and phone account, including responding to all inquiries within
    2 business days
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all support groups and socials, including youth sign-in sheets
  • Attend bi-monthly RYA Advisory Council and provides Program Coordinator report to include clinical
    updates and upcoming events
  • Work with RYA Advisory Council to identify areas for performance improvement and professional
    development
  • Attend external trainings, workshops, and conferences for professional development and keeps abreast of
    changes and innovations in the field
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience Required

  • Requires Masters-level education in Social Work, Counseling, or other related mental health field
  • Knowledge of and experience with adolescents, including adolescent development, trauma-informed care,
    and group support
  • Knowledge of and experience with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth
  • Clinical licensure in Maryland, or license-eligible preferredThe above job description is designed to indicate a general sense of the duties and expectations of this position.
    It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required. As the nature
    of our business demands change, so too, may the duties and responsibilities of this position. You may be
    required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.

To apply, please send the following items to telliott@rainbowyouthalliancemd.org:

  •  CV/resume
  •  Cover letter highlighting relevant experiences and education
  • 3 professional references

(UUCR-Rainbow Youth Alliance is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. UUCR-RYA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.)