Voices in Power (VIP) Project
The NW Network's VIP Project offers a wide range of supports to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and questioning youth and young adults (13-24) around issues of violence and crime, such as dating violence, bullying, hate violence, physical and sexual assault, exploitation, theft, police harassment and experiences in the sex trades. Centering youth empowerment and self-determination, the VIP Project works with queer and trans youth to develop healthy relationship skills and stronger support networks. VIP supports youth to increase their confidence and skills to address and prevent future incidents of violence and crime.
We have groups available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning youth. Contact us for details about time, location, description and availability of current groups.
Our youth programming provides one-on-one advocacy-based counseling. Whether it’s over the phone or in person, we can help youth navigate complicated systems or offer support to youth going through a hard time. This support is free and confidential.
Interested in setting up an appointment? Call us at 206-568-7777.
Youth Leadership Board
The Leadership Board is a group of youth leaders (13-24) living in King County, centering (But not limited to) LGBTQ youth and young adults who have experienced violence and homelessness/unstable housing during the course of their lives. The goal of the Leadership Board is to inform The Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian & Gay Survivors of Abuse on how to improve services for the youth in its programs. Board leaders will be paid $20/hr for their work.
People are eligible if:
-they’ve participated in OutSpoken
-they’ve participated in Love+
-they’ve participated in RSC
-they’ve participated in GSA
-identify as LGBTQ
Check out the application HERE
OutSpoken Speakers Bureau
OutSpoken is a diverse group of LGBTQ and allied youth, adults, organizations, and providers dedicated to challenging bullying, oppression and anti-LGBTQ violence in our schools and communities. An exciting employment opportunity, OutSpoken pays and trains youth to be educators and leaders who directly address and challenge the systems that impact their lives. OutSpoken offers ongoing support to youth for to strengthen job readiness skills and leadership development.
Are you a youth wanting to get involved?
We hold regular trainings to support you in building the skills needed to be an educator in your communities. Once you’ve attended the training, we pay you to be your fabulous self and share your experiences and knowledge with others.
Interested in having a panel of LGBT and allied youth at your school, organization or event?
We have a wonderful pool of over 75 young people excited for opportunities to share their experiences and knowledge. We have panels available on the topics of coming out, youth empowerment, anti-oppression, being queer youth of color, experiences in foster care, alternative education, experiences in faith communities and much, much more! Please contact us at 206-568-7777 or email@example.com for more information.
King County Youth of Color Needs Assessment
The Youth of Color Needs Assessment, a project of the NW Network, examined the overrepresentation of youth of color among homeless and unstably housed young people in King County, WA. In collaboration with the King County Comprehensive Plan to End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness, this qualitative research project used a participatory, community-based approach to conduct focus groups with homeless youth of color (13-24) across the county. The Needs Assessment lifted and centered youth of color voices to clarify their unique experiences, strengths, and needs. Our report highlights opportunities and barriers for the county’s ongoing efforts to address homelessness among youth of color. Based on these findings, the report provides recommendations for stakeholders throughout the region to strengthen available resources and continue building capacity to address and prevent disproportionate rates of homelessness for youth of color in King County.
To access an electronic copy of the final report, click here.
To request a hard copy of the report, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the project, please contact:
Sydney Pk at email@example.com or
Carrie Lippy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Training for Educators and Youth Serving Programs
We provide a wide variety of trainings and workshops for youth, educators, advocates and community members.
Sex, Dating and Relationships Workshop on relationship skills and dating violence education
For Advocates & Community Members:
Supporting LGBT Youth
Supporting LGBTQ Youth in the Sex Trades
Mandatory Reporting and Youth Self-Determination
Don’t see a what you’re looking for? We customize our trainings for the particular needs of each group and community. Contact us and we would be happy to talk with you about formatting the right training for your group.