Different Roads Home gifts TOY with funds to purchase a van

Organization opens up its Tonda Taylor Scholarship Fund application season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rosedale Infectious Diseases has contributed monies toward the purchase of a van for Time Out Youth Center.

The center, located at 2320 N. Davidson St., was able to purchase a 15-passenger van so that it can more fully support its LGBT youth and expanded programs. Center participants identified outside activities as a top priority.

“This is a dream come true,” Board of Directors Chair Steven Wilson shared. “The youth wanted to be more active in community events, but it was nearly impossible to develop car pools or rent a van for every event. This is a major change for the agency and our youth being able to participate in events.”

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The first trip occurred March 11-13 when 10 youth participated in an LGBT youth leadership event sponsored by the LGBT Center of Raleigh in the Triangle. The ASPYRE Leadership Camp was held at Camp Weaver near Greensboro, North Carolina. Center youth joined 40 LGBT youth from across the state for a weekend of leadership training and fun.

“LGBTQ youth are important to me and my staff. We see Time Out Youth Center as a national leader in the youth movement, so we are excited to support them with this gift,” said Dr. Frederick Cruickshank, medical director of Rosedale. “The expansion of primary care services, in addition to our infectious disease work, allows us to give back to the community in new ways. We hope our patients, new and old, see that the Rosedale family supports the LGBTQ community. We want LGBTQ youth to be happy, healthy and successful.”

The van, purchased at McKennySalinas Honda, will allow the center to expand on fun events for youth like lock-ins, theater nights and state and regional Pride events. It will also help youth entering and exiting the Host Home Program, giving staff ways to transport youth and their belongings to stable housing. In 2014, the Center Speakers Bureau presented 27 trainings reaching 427 individuals with personal stories from youth to the community; access to transportation will allow the Center to meet the increasing demands for more presentations.

In other news, TOY is accepting applications for its annual Tonda Taylor Scholarship Fund, awarded to two individuals at $1,500 each. The fund was established in 2007 to provide financial support and encouragement to LGBT-identified youth who are seeking to earn a two-year or a four-year undergraduate degree in the field of their choice.

“Providing youth leadership and ensuring the success of LGBTQ youth is a core value for our organization,” Board Member and Scholarship Committee Chair Malone Lockaby said.  “Past awardees have been successful in completing their education and becoming leaders in the LGBTQ college movement. We are excited to offer the scholarships again this year.”

The application is available online. To qualify, applicants must be LGBTQ-identified; be a high school senior or high school graduate; be under the age of 21 as of May 6; and be a resident of Union, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln or Mecklenburg Counties in North Carolina or York County in South Carolina. Applicants must be planning to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student at an accredited non-profit academic or vocational institution in the fall of the year of application.

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Deadline for scholarship applications is May 6. Interviews will take place on May 14. Awards will be announced May 20. Send completed applications and questions to Director of Youth Services Shakira Clarke at sclarke@timeoutyouth.org or call 704-344-8335.

On April 10, 2 p.m., TOY’s board of directors are hosting a drop-in reception and open house at the center to celebrate 25 years of operation.

Attendees will be able to enjoy punch and cake, in addition to being able to tour the facility.

RSVP to GPearson@timeoutyouth.org to be included in the festivities. TOY is asking the community to contribute $25 to their monthly giving program which can be done online.

Over the last several months, the center has hosted events and activities such as its “Really Really Free Market” clothing exchange and market for the trans community, among others as part of its inclusive programming efforts.

The center has also been named as a party in an amicus brief filed in connection with the GG., by his next friends and mother, Dierdre Grimm, Plaintiff-Appelant, v. Gloucester County School Board, Defendant-Appellee (No. 15-2056). “Amici’s proposed brief, attached hereto, urges this Court to grant Plaintiff-Appellant’s request to reverse the judgment of the trial court below in issuing an order denying Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction,” the document said. The Amici are a transgender student, Evie Priestman, and Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (“GLSEN”); Gay-Straight Alliance Network (“GSA Network”); Gender Benders; iNSIDEoUT; ROSMY; Time Out Youth; and We Are Family. Gender Benders, iNSIDEoUT, the center and We Are Family are all Carolinas youth-centered organizations.

info: timeoutyouth.org. rosedaleid.com.

 

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.