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Give a Rainbow Campaign

This winter give a rainbow to support vulnerable youth in need of warm clothes!

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services is pleased to partner with the Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) to support at-risk youth in our local community.

Did you know?

  • 20-40% of all homeless youth identify as LGBTQ.
  • Family conflict is cited as the number one reason for LGBTQ youth homelessness.
  • Street-involved and homeless youth have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, STIs, and suicide.
  • LGBTQ youth are part of the “hidden homeless” population, which increases their vulnerability.

We need to do more as a community to support our youth.

To launch the Give a Rainbow Campaign, please join us at The Artery on October 23rd for a special performance by Camp fYrefly Artist-in-Residence Kate Reid and Chase McKee as they unveil our new Camp theme song in a dynamic live performance!

The Give a Rainbow Campaign runs from October 23 and concludes as part of the 3rd annual Gay-Straight Alliance Conference on November 22, 2014.

To bring awareness to the plight of homeless and street-involved youth, we are asking you to donate socks, mittens, scarves, jackets, and toques in your favourite colour of the rainbow!

Welcome to iSMSS

Hundreds of sexual and gender minority (SGM) youth have been helped by Camp fYrefly and other programs. Projects like have raised the awareness of millions of people around the world of the homophobic language used in daily online conversation.

This is groundbreaking work that is leading social change, and helping build a more just society for everyone.

We have been successful with limited resources. With your support we can do even more.

Watch to see first hand the impact that iSMSS is making

The potential to make a substantial and immediate impact on the lives of SGM youth in Alberta, throughout Canada and internationally has never been greater.

Through a new campaign to raise over $5 million, we are seeking to

  • expand Camp fYrefly into a national program;
  • expand research programs and services;
  • train the next generation of researchers and recruit master, doctoral, and postdoctoral students from across Canada and the world;
  • create an endowment to help support core operating funding.

Knowing you have profoundly changed a young person’s life for the better is a feeling beyond compare.

For more information or general inquiries regarding our Programs and Services, please contact:

Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services
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PhoneTel: 780.492.0772
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For more information on how you can make a difference by supporting our campaign, please contact:

Sean Mowat, ’95 BEd
Director of Advancement
Faculty of Education
Tel: 780-492-8863

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