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If you’re still on the fence about why you should donate to Rainbow Youth and what your money will be spent on, keep reading.

WHAT THE FUCK
ARE THE FUNDS FOR?

Our campaign and the funds raised will go first and foremost into sustaining the staggering amount of work that Rainbow Youth does. Rainbow Youth has been under increasing strain as demand for our services has increased, but with scant government funding available and very little private funding – we are actually losing staff.

This campaign and the funds will be directed into three strands:

  • Old and Young:
    Rainbow Youth has services that cover a wide range of community members, particularly some of our most vulnerable age groups.
  • Mental Health:
    Rainbow Youth help to enhance well-being, and address our over-representation in mental health services.
  • Whanau and Community:
    Rainbow Youth reach out to communities and whanau who are connected to LGBT, queer and rainbow people.

Apart from sustaining current works, we hope to develop increase our outreach. This translates into more educators for schools, more training for our volunteers, and more resources for our communities.

This supports everyone: young people and our families, our teachers, our elders, all of us, both within and beyond our communities. We are especially aware of gaps in our services for those who live in isolated and rural areas. By increasing our outreach, we would be better able to engage with organisations in rural areas who could offer support in partnership with Rainbow Youth.

Below you can find a more precise breakdown of the work we do and what funds raised will contribute towards.

For All of us

We work for and with the whole spectrum of our community.

Rainbow Youth has services that cover a wide range of community members, particularly some of our most vulnerable age groups.

Rainbow Youth helps to support young people from across New Zealand with their national initiatives. We have a strong commitment to our national focus and have achieved a lot. Our amazing National Queer Youth coordinator organized a national hui this year; never before have so many queer youth been brought together in the one place for four days of empowerment, inspiration and connection. We’ve also been working hard to establish our very own national queer youth network, and have been strengthening our connections through the cross country conversations initiative. But now we no longer have a national coordinator role and without sustainable funding we will not be able to bring this important role back into our organization.

For our Wellbeing

We work to ensure our communities are flourishing

Rainbow Youth does a lot of work to strengthen our communities’ well-being. The LGBTQ community is over-represented in mental health services because of the huge amount of discrimination that we face. Rainbow Youth work hard to help support our community to be resilient and empowered.

We work alongside our LGBTQ whanau to offer them support.

Rainbow Youth was involved in the hugely successful You, Me, Us campaign looking for empowering ways to inform our community about domestic violence, as well as New Zealand’s national Pink Shirt Day campaign targeting bullying in New Zealand.

For our Whanau

We work to support all of society

We reach out to communities and whanau who are connected to LGBT, queer and rainbow people. We see it as important to connect LGBT people with straight allies, and to inform the wider society about the issues that we face.

We provide advocacy and education to the community, and we mentor teams of volunteers to help us do the amazing work that we do. We also have extensive resource libraries available for members and the public. Rainbow Youth has a highly regarded education programme, and does significant outreach to parents and young people, and their families.

 

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