Helen Maberry Memorial Scholarship
PRISM Foundation Leadership Scholarship
PRISM FOUNDATION INTENTIONS
Greetings Roanoke & Southwest Virginia!
Approximately 18 months ago, several of us embarked on a new journey as we became members of the Board of Directors of Roanoke Pride. Oh what an eventful many months it has been, and with a lot of hard word, dedicated people and determination, we have come through a successful first year of events, revamp and celebration for the 25th Anniversary year of this organization.
As we enter into this final quarter of our 25th Anniversary year, we are tying up some loose ends of what we will call our "Phase One" Overhaul of our structure. As we look toward our 28th year, we intend to have new by-laws in place as well as the formulation of "Phase Two" of our Overhaul of the organization.
With such in mind, the Board of Directors of Roanoke Pride is very proud, excited and happy to announce the formulation and establishment of PRISM FOUNDATION. This new Foundation will work hand in hand with the already established events and entities of Roanoke Pride with an emphasis on growth of our Outreach Programs and fulfilling several key component "needs" of our region. Additionally, PRISM will be striving to work with other established entities to help succeed in meeting these "needs" within the LGBT Community of Southwest Virginia.
The following are the preliminary intended short and long-term goals of PRISM Foundation:
1. Outreach to help assist LGBT teen and youth population which may be estranged or displaced from their family because of their lifestyle. The long-term goal of such being one of having a physical structure- "Prism House" - which could function as and provide a safe haven and providing reestablishment assistance to any displaced youth.
2. Assistance with both college career and job opportunity preparation and guidance. This would include helping with job interview coaching, providing clothing for potential job interviews, as well as helping parties pursue an educational and career path in a concerted manner to successfully pursue and accomplish their dreams in life.
3. Growing outreach to assist with adjustment in "real world" environments and dealing with components of LGBT youth issues dealing with family members and peers. Anti-bullying and life skills would be key components of this program as well as a phone hotline to be continually available to youth throughout the region.
4. Last, but by no means least, PRISM is pursuing bringing a stronger presence of Gay Alliance's SAFE ZONE to the Roanoke Valley. The SafeZone program was created to develop, enhance and maintain environments in workplaces, schools and other social settings that are culturally competent and supportive to LGBT individuals. (For more information, please visit http://www.gayalliance.orgjsafezonet.html)
As we turn the page to this exciting new chapter for Roanoke Pride and the initial chapter of PRISM Foundation, we encourage each and every one of YOU to reach out for more information or to become more involved. It is an exciting time for the LGBT Community here in Southwest Virginia. We all- collectively as individuals and as organizations and entities- have come so far in the past twelve months and we are all excited to see what the coming months and years bring for all of us here in the region.
Thanks to everyone in Roanoke and all of Southwest Virginia for your strong support making a fantastic 25th Anniversary year of Roanoke Pride. We look forward to the excitement of year 26 and the continued formulation of PRISM as part of it.
With Love & Pride…
Jason M. Gilmore
President, Roanoke Pride
As part of Roanoke Pride's drive to build the PRISM Foundation and raise awareness about LGBT youth homelessness, a decision was made to launch a magazine to take up where the old Pink Pages and Roanoke Gayzette left off.
Introducing the PRISM Magazine, a magazine about the overall SWVA LGBT community, and the Issues which affect it!
To read past publications, please click here to visit our profile on Issuu!