YEL - Youth Engaged in Leadership

The Youth Engaged in Leadership or YEL program at Side by Side is open to LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 14-20.  This program provides a unique opportunity to acquire leadership skills through hands-on projects.  Youth leaders in the YEL program are also responsible for coordinating the planning and logistics for Side by Side’s annual Alternative Prom.  YEL meets Monday evenings at the Side by Side Youth Center.

Through the YEL program youth learn:

  • Public speaking

  • Advocacy

  • Board Service

  • Resource Development

  • Event planning

The YEL program runs September-May. To apply for the YEL program please send your application to Lacette Cross.

2016-2017 YEL Program Overview

Program Goals:

  • Increase youth awareness of racial justice framework
  • Improve youth leadership skills through engaging projects
  • Discover LGBTQ+ history in Richmond and Central Virginia
  • Contribute to the development of a trans informed sexual education curriculum in partnership with the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood
  • Plan and execute the annual Alternative Prom
  • Participate in EqualityVA's Day of Action
  • Design at least one curriculum topic for use in Side by Side's LGBTQ+ & Trans Support Groups
  • Develop and implement a social change campaign that reflects intersectionality

Topics to Explore:

  • Oppression
  • Organizing
  • Social movements
  • Handling conflict
  • Mining our stories
  • Racial Justice
  • Liberation frameworks
  • Autobiography
  • History
  • Identity politics