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Bay Area NetNews September 19th, 2006  emb-@colage.org
 Sep 19, 2006 17:29 PDT 

COLAGE Bay Area Net News
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

In this edition of Bay Area Net News:

COLAGE Updates & Announcements:
1. Intern at COLAGE This Fall
2. Be COLAGEís Volunteer Event Coordinator
3. Be a COLAGE Bay Area Facilitator
4. Volunteer Opportunity: Help at the End of Summer Picnic

COLAGE Group Meeting and Events:
5. End of Summer Picnic- For All Bay Area COLAGErís!!!! **Sept, 30th,
6. Act OUT: National LGBT Family Conference
7. Monster Mash Halloween Party ** Oct. 28th, 11-1pm**

SAVE THE DATES! 2006-2007 Bay Area Groups Start Soon!
8. Youth Leadership And Action Program (YLAP) Kick Off-THIS WEEKEND!!!
9. San Francisco Middle School Kick Off **Oct. 1st, 1-4pm**
10. East Bay Middle School Kick Off **Oct. 8th, 1-4pm**
11. San Francisco COLAGE Crew **Oct. 8th, 1-4pm**

Community Bulletin Board and News:
12. Get Active California: Black LGBT Media Trainings Begin
13. The Sperm Bank Of California Picnic **Oct. 7th, 12-4pm**
14. School Forum in the East Bay **Oct. 25, 5:30-8:30**

COLAGE Updates & Announcements

1. Intern at COLAGE This Fall

COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) engages, connects and
empowers people to make the world a better place for children of
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT) parents and families.
COLAGE is the only national organization serving people with LGBT
parents, therefore presenting a unique perspective on LGBT issues, and
providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for interns. This is a
hands-on job: you wonít just be filing, youíll get to use your
creativity and initiative. We are looking for team players who are
motivated to learn, share, play, and work hard in support of COLAGE's
mission. Interns will assist the staff on current or new projects, with
both local and national events, and with office management. Fall
internships can range from a full-time 10 week internship to a 20 week
half-time internship. We also offer internships for college credit.

Preferred qualifications
*Computer literate (especially on PCs), knowledge of Office 2000,
FileMaker Pro, HTML, and desktop publishing programs a plus.

*Experience and comfort with email and phone-based organizing and

*Experience and comfort working with youth and families

*Self-motivated, flexible, and full of initiative

* People with LGBT parent/s

Fall interns receive a modest stipend for their internship including
some evenings and weekends.

*Must be 18 or over if not from the Bay Area, 15 or over from the Bay

*Must be LGBT-friendly

COLAGE is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer
*People of color, people with disabilities, and people with LGBT parents
especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Please mail or email us the following information to mere-@colage.org
or COLAGE/ 1550 Bryant Street, Suite 830, San Francisco, CA 94103:
1. Your resume
2. A cover letter sharing your interest in working for COLAGE and
3. Contact information for two people who will serve as references and
can attest to your experience and skills.

Select applicants will be invited to participate in an interview.
Internships will begin in September or October in accordance with the
COLAGEís needs and internís availability.

COLAGE also has spring and summer work-study internships; if you are
interested contact us for more information.

Need more info? Want to apply?                           
COLAGE, www.colage.org
1550 Bryant St. Ste. 830
SF CA 94103
phone: 415-861-5437 fax (415) 255-8345

COLAGE Group Meetings and Events:

2. Be COLAGEís Volunteer Event Coordinator

Help COLAGE coordinate our annual Bowl ĖA-Thon fundraiser and community
Volunteer 5-10hrs/wk!

Gain experience working in a non-profit office, event coordination,
asking for sponsorship, organizing food donations, managing a raffle,
and much more!

If interested please contact Kelly Densmore, Interim Bay Area Program
Coordinator, at Kel-@colage.org or by calling 415-861-5437 ex. 103

3. Be a COLAGE Bay Area Facilitator

Its not too late to facilitate one of COLAGEís amazing groups in the Bay
Looking for COLAGE Group Facilitators for the 2006-2007 School Year!

Want to make a difference in the lives of youth with one or more
lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender parent? Want to volunteer just
a few hours a month and get to hang out with really cool kids?

Then be a COLAGE Bay Area Group Facilitator!

We are looking for folks to make a commitment as a facilitator for one
of our many exciting COLAGE Bay Area Groups. Most groups meet for 2-4
hours a month; being a facilitator also requires 2-3 hours of planning
and outreach per month. Most groups have two facilitators that work
together and split the duties. (Total Monthly Commitment 4-6 hours a

∑ Experience working with Youth and facilitating groups
∑ Must be at least 20 years old
∑ Current CPR and First Aid certification (COLAGE can help you get
∑ Adults who have/ had one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, or
transgendered parent
∑ Be able to commit to a day long training in August and monthly
volunteer obligation from September 2006- June 2007
∑ Commitment to COLAGE's mission, vision and values
∑ People of color especially encouraged to apply

∑ Help plan and facilitate monthly meetings of youth with LGBT parents
(September 2006 Ė June 2007)
∑ Help conduct outreach efforts (phone calls, meetings, etc) with COLAGE
Staff to current and potential COLAGE participants
∑ Help with getting materials and snacks needed for meetings (COLAGE
will cover costs of both)
∑ Keep track of attendance records
∑ Stay in communication with COLAGE Staff and co-facilitators
∑ Help evaluate program

∑ Possible stipend for Facilitators in good standing (good standing
means meeting the above stated responsibilities)
∑ COLAGE can work with your school (university, college, etc.) to see if
you can receive credit for your participation as a Facilitator)
∑ COLAGE will be happy to write letters of recommendation or provide

Bay Area Groups:
∑ COLAGE CREW (East Bay and San Francisco)
Our monthly group for youth in 3rd-5th grades. Activities include game
days, movie night, art projects, mountain biking, ice-skating and more.
∑ COLAGE Middle School Group (East Bay and San Francisco)
Our monthly group for 6th-8th graders continues to provide a safe and
fun environment for youth with LGBT parents. Activities include field
trips, sports clinics, art projects, workshops, movie days, discussions,
and more.
∑ COLAGE YLAP Ė Youth Leadership and Action Program (San Francisco)
YLAP is a program for all bay area youth ages 14-20 with LGBT parents
and offers participants a chance to gain skills in activism, media,
public speaking, program development, and more. YLAP includes monthly
meetings, special events and trainings, volunteer activities, and lots
of fun.
∑ COLAGE Adult (East Bay and San Francisco)
Hang out with other adults who have one or more LGBT parent. We do
brunch, potlucks, BBQ's, movie nights, etc.

If you are interested in serving as a COLAGE Group Facilitator, please
fill out the following information and send it with a resume to Kelly
Densmore, COLAGE Interim Bay Area Program Coordinator at
emb-@colage.org, or

Kelly Densmore c/o COLAGE
1550 Bryant St. Suite 830
San Francisco, CA 94103

Please send all applications and resumes ASAP. Also feel free to get in
touch with any questions about our Bay Area Groups and our Facilitator

***Don't have time to be a Facilitator but want to help out? Contact
Ember to find out about other volunteer opportunities. ***

Application to be a COLAGE Group Facilitator:

Birth date:
Phone (the best way to reach you during the day):
Email Address:

1. Why are you interested in being a COLAGE Group Facilitator?
2. How do you meet preferred qualifications?
3. What experience(s), both personally and professionally, do you have
that would contribute to your ability to be a COLAGE Group Facilitator?
4. What ideas for activities, discussions or events do you have for a
COLAGE group?
5. Names/Phone/Email for 2 individuals who would serve as a reference
for your work, preferably ones who can speak to your experiences with

4. Volunteer Opportunity: Help at the End of Summer Picnic

Come lead games for youth and families, enjoy a picnic, and spend time
outdoors with LBGT families! COLAGE will be mingling with the families
and leading games (tug of love, relay races, elbow tag, a game you want
to teach us (?), etc.)

If you are interested, RSVP before Wednesday, September 27th to
Kel-@colage.org, or by calling 415-861-5437

**Saturday, Sept 30, 2006, 11am-1pm
Dolores Park (18th St @ Dolores St in San Francisco)

5. Sizzling End of Summer Picnic

Saturday, September 30
Dolores Park, San Francisco
Dolores Park is the perfect location for our Sizzling End of Summer
Picnic!!! There is a large grassy area, nice little playgroud for small
children, with a slide and two sets of swings. Bring playground toys
for young kids and a soccer ball and/or frizbees for the older ones.
For all you older youth, donít worry we are gonna have games and
activities that you wonít want to miss. So bring the entire family and
donít forget your own picnic food and blankets. Hope to see you there!
Location: Dolores Park in San Francisco. Between 18th St and Dolores
St.. Parking is generally available.


6. Act OUT: The National LGBT Family Conference- Donít miss the event
of the year~

Do/did you have at least one lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender

Have you always wanted to find a community of people with one or more
LGBT parents?
Do you want to meet MORE people with LGBT parents?

AND are you ready for a weekend of activism, education, empowerment, and
community celebration?

Are you ready to ACT OUT!?

Then letís make it HAPPEN at ACT OUT: The National LGBT Family
Conference 2006!

ACT OUT is brought to you by COLAGE and FAMILY PRIDE.          
www.colage.org          www.familypride.org

COLAGE, (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), is a national
organization whose mission is to engage, connect, and empower people to
make the world a better place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and/or transgender parents and families. COLAGE is the only national
organization in the world specifically supporting children, youth and
adults with LGBT parent(s). Using our experiences and creativity, COLAGE
offers a diverse array of support, education and advocacy by and for
folks with LGBT parents.

No matter how politically active or outspoken you have or havenít been
in the past about the issues that face youth and adults with LGBT
parents ACT OUT promises to offer you workshops, keynote events, panels,
and an invaluable space for community and coalition building in a
conference oriented environment.

ACT OUT is not just for the little ones.

If you are a teen, a young adults, or an adult then ACT OUT is for YOU
and the COLAGE Leadership track is where YOU need to be!


A series of workshops for teens, young adults, and adults with LGBT
parents. These workshops will focus on how WE, as leaders and activists,
can develop our critical social analysis. This development will allow
us to further educate and incite social change in our communities, in
our schools, in the media, in policy, and in politics about the issues
that people with LGBT parents face. This programming will also highlight
the role adults with LGBT parents can play in social justice and LGBT
organizing as community leaders by voicing their experiences and family
backgrounds with new and old friends.

SAVE THE DATE!! Friday October 27th through Sunday the 29th 2006


REGISTER TODAY at www.familypride.org
Registrations are strongly encouraged no later than September 25th!

And ACT OUT with us!

This will be one of the most transformative social justice gatherings
this year! Hundreds will attend and space is limited.

Ask your school, your college, your academic department, your
organization, or your place of employment to sponsor you. Or contact us
about scholarship information!

Itís time So GET ON IT! And GET involved in the movement for family
Register today at www.familypride.org

For more info contact COLAGE! - 415.861-KIDS (5437) ó
col-@colage.org ó 1550 Bryant St. San Francisco, CA. 94103


7. Monster Mash Halloween Party Oct. 28th, 11am-1pm

Bring your ghosts and goblins to a Halloween Bash in San Francisco.
Bring a dish to share and costumes to dazzle the eye. The SF LGBT
Ceremonial Room will be transformed into a creepy Halloween experience.

Enjoy face painting, an eyeball relay, ring around the pumpkin, and many
other fun games for the family.

Come in Costume! Co-sponsored by the LGBT Family Collaborative.
Volunteers needed to staff activity stations! Call Kelly at 415-861-5437
ex 103 for additional information.

Location: The SF LGBT Community Center at 1800 Market St. at Octavia in
San Francisco. Take MUNI JKLMN to Van Ness Station or above ground F
Line to Octavia.

SAVE THE DATE! 2006-2007 Bay Area Groups Start Soon!

The 2006-2007 school year is just around the corner and you donít want
to miss out on the amazing line up of COLAGE programming. Feel free to
contact Kelly at 415-861-5437 ex 103 for more information. SEE YOU

8. *Youth Leadership in Action Program (YLAP)
For youth in High School
Sunday, September 24th, 1-4pm
Location: LYRIC. 127 Collingwood St. @ 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

9. *SF Middle School Group Kick Off
For youth entering 6-8th grade
Sunday, October 1st, 1-4pm
Location: LYRIC. 127 Collingwood St. @ 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

10. *East Bay Middle School Kick Off
For youth entering 6-8th grade
Sunday October 8th, 1-4pm
Location: The Pacific Center, 2712 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

11. San Francisco COLAGE Crew **Oct. 8th, 1-4pm**
Join us for our second meeting!
For youth in 3rd-5th grade
Sunday October 8th, 1-4pm
Location: LYRIC 127 Collingwood St. @ 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Community Bulletin Board

12. Get Active California: Black LGBT Media Training Begin
Upcoming California Media Trainings

The NBJC (http://ga4.org/ct/Lp1EZbS1Gm6F/) is partnering with GLAAD
(http://ga4.org/ct/L71EZbS1Gm6G/) in order to conduct a series of
nationwide Black LGBT media trainings. These trainings will be conducted
in every corridor of the country and will provide coaching and other
types of training to every day Black LGBT non-activists and
gay-affirming clergy alike. The focus of the trainings is to teach
individuals on how to tell their own stories and their personal truths
through the media as it relates to the intersection of being both
African American and LGBT.

These informative, interactive, and friendly trainings will also explore
very specific Black LGBT issues and the individual strategies used in
forming a media message around them. In addition, the trainings will
provide a vast array of information concerning important tips, dos and
doníts in responding to print, television, radio, and online news media
outlets concerning LGBT issues.

Speak Your Own TruthóTell Your Own Story

The NBJC-GLAAD Black LGBT media trainings are free to the general

San Francisco/Oakland:
Saturday, September 30th from 11am-1:30pm
Location: The Museum of African Diaspora (MOAD),
685 Mission Street (at Third)
San Francisco, California 94105

Additional cities are being scheduled. For more information contact
heda-@nbjc.org or contact Herndon Davis at 202-349-3755.

13. The Sperm Bank Of California Picnic

Saturday, Oct. 7th, 12-4pm
Temescale Park in Oakland

Come enjoy an afternoon with The Sperm Bank of California and their
community. Bring your family and a picknic and enjoy spending time with
other families who are similar to yours! COLAGE will be helping out
with the kidís activity table as well as playing games.

For more information contact Alice Ruby, Executive Director, The Sperm
Bank of California by calling 510-841-1858 or by visiting their website.

14. School Forum in the East Bay

Oct. 25th , 5:30-8:30pm
James Irvine Conference Center
353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Our Family Coalition and the East Bay Community Foundation are pleased
to invite you to the East Bay Elementary School Forum: Creating
Inclusive Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender
Families. We believe all children deserve the very best in education,
without regard to family composition. Research consistently
demonstrates the importance of diversity education and school
experiences in the formation of self-identity and self-esteem in young
children. We, like you, are committed to helping children of gay,
lesbian, bisexual or transgender parents experience safe and healthy
school environments, and helping all children learn to accept

This forum is designed to give school administrators, teachers, and
parents an introduction to some of the innovative and groundbreaking
strategies to creating inclusive and welcoming environments for lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents and their children. The
number of LGBT families in the East Bay is on the rise, and this forum
offers a unique opportunity for schools and parents to engage in a safe
dialogue and create partnerships around this increasingly important
work. Participants will also be able to browse informational tables that
provide information about the seven East Bay school districts chosen to
participate in this forum, and other related resources. Invited
districts and parents include: Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville,
San Leandro, Piedmont, and Alameda

The East Bay Elementary School Forum will take place at the James Irvine
Conference Center located at 353 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza in Oakland on
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. A light dinner
will take place at 5:30pm and the program will start promptly at 5:50pm.
Free child care will be available on site, with art programming
provided by the Museum of Childrenís Art (MOCHA).

Please RSVP by phone by calling Aimee at 415-981-1960. If you require
child care, please indicate when you RSVP.   We encourage you to promote
this event to families at your school/district. If you would like
copies of the flyer or electronic promotional materials, or have
questions about participation please contact Aimee at 415-981-1960.

Our Family Coalition and the East Bay Community Foundation look forward
to your participation in what promises to be an informative and valuable
community event.

Thank you for subscribing to COLAGE Bay Area Net News!

COLAGE thrives on the involvement and support of all its members and
funders. We acknowledge the generous support of the Gill Foundation,
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Horizons Foundation, Open Society
Institute, San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco Children and Families
Commission, San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families,
Castro Lions, ACLU, Providian Financial and all our members.

COLAGE engages, connects, and supports people to make the world a better
place for children of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents.
Ensure COLAGE's future with your membership contribution today. Join
COLAGE at: http://www.colage.org/join.html
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