Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday with LHPAC: "Out There," making a difference

Don't you love it when someone actually decides to be the change they want to see in the world? Tonight, one young woman will be honored for changing life for a group of gay teens and young people.
Photos courtesy Seattle Parks & Recreation Dept.
Gray Newlin (the one at the mic) created the Out There Poetry Camp, a Seattle Parks & Recreation program geared specifically for 14-20-year olds who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexuality. In July, the kids spent a week at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center with (grown-up) poets, artists and performers who helped them strengthen their voices as artists and queer youth.
The camp culminated in a Friday night Camper Showcase event. And Newlin spent less than a thousand dollars putting together an enterprise that could've cost $8,000 (in cash, in-kind sponsorhips and volunteer time). Pretty awesome for a then-first-year college student who'd never organized an event of this scope before.
Tonight, Newlin will accept the "Making a Difference" Award, one of seven Denny Awards that Seattle gives to outstanding volunteers in Parks and Recreation programs. Check the LHPAC's Twitter feed for photos of the ceremony this evening!

FTC disclosure: I'm partnering with the LHPAC on a series I call "Thursdays with LHPAC", generally published on Thursdays. I am being paid an honorarium for my work. However, all opinions and views expressed in this series are my own.

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