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DigiHatch: Comcast Supports Digital Literacy for LGBTQ Youth

DigiHatch posterComcast in partnership with CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers are reaching out to LGBTQ youth across the nation with grants to promote digital literacy. Hatch Youth's DigiHatch project was one such winner.

The project will engage youth by combining digital literacy instruction with LGBT history and heritage, as well as creative expression through a series of classes to held here at the Center. Over the course, each youth will learn to create a blog or website of their own, giving voice to their own opinions and perspective by incorporating original prose, poetry, art, graphic design or content of their choosing. Select volunteers and staff will lead the course.

The Comcast grant provides Hatch Youth with the necessary tools, equipment and connectivity. The equipment (computers, tablets and visual equipment) will remain with Hatch and allow us to continue digital literacy and creative programming in the years to come.

Though previous generations have gotten by with limited technological proficiency, it is an expectation for all youth who are entering or preparing to enter the job market. Not every person born in the "digital age" has regular access to the Internet at home, or uses it. A majority of regular Hatch Youth participants are from low-income households in which connectivity may be intermittent and devices to access it scarce, shared among the entire household, and/or low-performing. Others may overuse computers or spend an inordinate amount of time on one specific type of technology (i.e., gaming or social media), which can impact educational performance and create "blind spots" regarding other common technologies. Research suggests that variety and moderation of technologies is important to becoming digitally-literate.

DigiHatch Spring 2015 session starts January 25. To register, contact us by email.

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LEAGUE Foundation Scholarships - Apply by April 30, 2015!

The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for LGBT high school seniors entering their first year of college. Applications are due April 30, 2015 with awards distributed in the summer of each year. Apply at https://apply.leaguefoundation.org/

Watch Our Video! from LEAGUE Foundation on Vimeo.

 
Point Foundation Scholarships - Apply by Jan. 20, 2015!

Point FoundationOn November 1, Point Foundation launched its online scholarship application. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend higher educational institutions across the nation.

Point is currently supporting 80 full-time undergraduate and graduate scholars during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Each scholar is paired with a mentor who advises the scholar on education and career decisions, and also helps guide them through the completion of an annual community service project.

Point’s online scholarship application in now open and will be available until January 20, 2015. The Point Scholarship application is ONLY available online through our website: https://www.pointfoundation.org/OnlineApplicationInfo

 
About the Prom

Prom 2014

The Hatch Prom is held on the first Friday of June. The Prom Steering Committee, comprised of Hatch youth, develop a new theme each year. They then work with the staff and designers to transform the first floor community room at the Montrose Center into their prom dream.


NEXT PROM    June 5, 2015 • 7pm - Midnight

The Hatch Prom is a tradition and rite of passage for Houston-area LGBTIQA youth. Imagine going to your high school prom and being able to dress like you want to, dance with your partner, and just be yourself! That's what Hatch prom is all about. You won't recognize the place because it'll be transformed into an awesome dance floor with a rockin' DJ, and tons of yummy food. We'll have a photographer there to take your photo.

As always, adults are invited to attend to relive their own prom for $25 at the door. LGBTIQA youth up to age 20 are admitted for free. We encourage the youth to wear a costume, come in drag, gown, tuxedo, or whatever they're comfortable wearing as long as it's legal.

Prom also happens to be an opportunity for the community to give back and earmark their funds for this youth program. In the last few years, we've expanded Hatch to offer in-school meetings, Safe Zones on-campus counseling, Outreach workers who try to keep LGBT youth from living on the street. We thank our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!


IN-KIND DONATIONS

Any Houston-area businesses who want to participate with food donations or prom court donations should get in touch with Des Walwyn at 713.529.0037 x368.

VOLUNTEERS

We need lots of super-awesome volunteers to get things ready and for clean-up. We especially need people that can help decorate and run errands on June 5-6 during the day. If you want to join our Prom Volunteer Crew, please contact Jay Mays at 713.529.0037 x395.



 
OutTexas Foundation Scholarships

The 2014 OutTexas Foundation Scholarship Application is now available at outtexasfoundation.org. The deadline for submission of electronic applications is January 31, 2014. OutTexas Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit which aims to provide scholarships to LGBT and allied Texans.

 
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