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Seeking Schools Coordinator

Schools Coordinator

Part-time; fixed-term (five months), Wellington-based.

InsideOUT is a national youth charity seeking a Schools Coordinator for ten hours a week to support our growing organisation.Insideout-01

You will also be responsible for managing and developing InsideOUT’s relationships with schools and school groups. You will be responsible for overseeing the creation and delivery of a national network for schools with rainbow diversity groups/queer-straight alliances.

This will include the construction of an informative database, and providing support to schools and school groups through resources, and advisement over phone, e-mail, and in-person as required. You will also produce a monthly informative and advisory newsletter to these groups, as well as a report of your progress to the board.

Additionally, you will oversee and deliver the monthly Wellington QSA Leader group alongside volunteers, and support InsideOUT in ongoing projects such as the Day of Silence.

InsideOUT is a growing organisation that works to support youth, whānau, schools, community groups, youth services, government agencies and other relevant organisations to provide safer schools and communities for young people of diverse sexualities, sexes and genders. In the last year we have experienced significant growth of our initiatives such as the nationwide awareness campaign ‘Day of Silence’, our annual youth hui Shift, and our support of schools’ rainbow diversity and Queer Straight Alliance groups.

We are looking for someone with superb networking and communication skills and outstanding knowledge of the challenges faced by sexual, sex, and gender minorities. You are self-motivated with strong time management skills, and will work to uphold the vision and mission of InsideOUT. Experience in youth work and cultural competency would be an advantage. More information about the organisation is available on our website: http://www.insideout.org.nz/

Initially this is a five-month contract for ten hours a week, with the possibility of this being extended. The successful applicant will be paid the living wage.

Contact us to view a full job description. E-mail your CV and cover letter to hello@insideout.org.nz by Friday 27th May 2016 to apply.

Seeking Funding and Finance Coordinator

InsideOUT is seeking a Funding and Finance Coordinator for six hours a week to support our growing organisation. You will have responsibility for identifying and pursuing opportunities for funding for InsideOUT and overseeing finances. You will oversee the organisation’s financial management, taking responsibility for reconciliation and tax obligations.

You will be responsible for sourcing funding via corporate partnerships, charitable trusts and government funding, as well as developing other funding strategies such as bequests, donations, sponsorship campaigns and as a recipients of charitable events.

You will also be responsible for managing InsideOUT’s relationships with funders, reporting back and for investigating opportunities for increased and ongoing support and corporate sponsorship.

InsideOUT is a growing organisation that works to support youth, whānau, schools, community groups, youth services, government agencies and other relevant organisations to provide safer schools and communities for young people of diverse sexualities, sexes and genders. In the last year we have experienced significant growth of our initiatives such as the nationwide awareness campaign ‘Day of Silence’, our annual youth hui Shift, and our support of schools’ rainbow diversity and Queer Straight Alliance groups.

We are looking for someone with superb communication skills and ideally a track record of experience in fundraising and finance, as well upholding the vision and mission of InsideOUT.

Initially this is a six-month contract for six hours a week, with the possibility of this being extended. The successful applicant will be paid the living wage.

Contact us to see a full job description or apply by e-mailing your cover letter and CV to hello@insideout.org.nz by Friday 6th May 2016.

Making Schools Safer for Trans and Gender Diverse Students Resource

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InsideOUT Brings Trans Visibility to New Zealand Schools

National youth organisation InsideOUT have released a new resource for schools today, coinciding with International Day of Transgender Visibility.

The resource, titled ‘Making Schools Safer for Trans and Gender Diverse Students’ is aimed at secondary schools, providing information for boards of trustees, principals, teachers, school staff, parents and guidance counsellors.

“An increasing number of young people in New Zealand are coming out as trans while they are at school,” says Tabby Besley, National Coordinator of InsideOUT. “Schools have an obligation to provide a safe environment for all of their students, but many don’t know where to start when it comes to providing support for a trans young person.”
“This resource aims to walk schools through that process, raising all of the things they might need to think about in order to provide a safe and inclusive environment for trans and gender diverse students. From dealing with bullying to bathrooms and uniforms, to school camps and roll calls, the resource provides best practice solutions in all areas.”
“We want this resource to create visibility for trans and gender diverse young people and their right to safety at school. We know from the Youth’12 study by the University of Auckland that 4 out of every 100 young people in NZ identify as trans or questioning their gender, and over half of them are afraid of being hurt or bullied at school. Our resource gives schools the tools to be able to support these students the best that they can.”

“In 2015 the Ministry of Education released their updated Sexuality Education Guidelines, recommending that all schools provide gender neutral uniforms and toilets, ensure inclusive sports procedures, have health programmes that affirm sexuality and gender diversity and educate against and respond to incidents of bullying in relation to sexuality and gender diversity. These guidelines align with our suggestions in this resource and we believe it is vital to uphold them in order to create safer schools for trans and gender diverse youth.”
The creation of InsideOUT’s resource, Making Schools Safer for Trans and Gender Diverse Students, was a collaborative effort, started by gathering experiences of trans and gender diverse young people across the country and identifying what would or had make them feel supported at school.

Every secondary school across the country will be sent two hard copies of the resource to use. It is available for anyone to view and download for free online at: http://www.insideout.org.nz

Shift Hui 2016!

InsideOUT is excited to announce our national hui, Shift, will be running again this April. The hui follows on from the success of Shift 2015 and aims to bring young people of diverse sexes, sexualities and genders from all over the country together.

“Shift provides a unique opportunity for young people in our community to come together and be in a space where they are completely free to be themselves. They are given the opportunity to learn skills and tools to take back to improve their own schools and communities,” says Tabby Besley, InsideOUT’s National Coordinator. “Shift 2016 wil provide a wide array of workshop, covering topics such as leadership, self care and inclusivity to practical life skills such as cooking and how to tie a tie!”

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The hui will take place at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay, Wellington over the 22nd-25th April, in the school holidays. Young people aged 13-22 years old from all over Aotearoa are encouraged to come along, with over 100 expected to attend.

Young people needing financial assistance to attend can contact InsideOUT for support and anyone in the community wanting to sponsor a place for a young person to attend can donate to InsideOUT via their givealittle page.

“We are committed to making it possible for every young person who wants to attend to come along, regardless of financial barriers,” says Tabby. “Attending a hui like this has proven for many young people to be a turning point in their journey to discovering and accepting themselves, increasing their confidence and finding support networks and we want to extend that experience to as many people as we can.”

The hui has been made possible with generous support from the Ministry of Youth Development.

Find out more info and register for the hui at:

http://shift.insideout.org.nz

https://www.facebook.com/events/1632348083695379/

A short film on Shift Hui 2015:

 

 

Inside Out – Educational Resource

Last week our friends at Rainbow Youth launched an exciting new educational resource, which we reckon has the power to really transform sexuality and gender diversity education in New Zealand schools!

We’re super excited to support this project and to see it roll out across the country at regional launches over the next few weeks.

As you may have seen, Rainbow Youth’s new resource is called Inside Out – just like our organisation. To clear up any confusion we just want to let everyone know that we were aware of the name double up some time ago and understand it was unable to be changed after a lot of thought and hard work had gone into the resources. We know it’s a little confusing but reckon it’s a classic case of ‘great minds think alike’ – it’s an awesome name for the work we do in our communities and we’re 100% in support of Rainbow Youth and this project.

You can learn more about it and watch the videos that make up the resource here:

If you want to help minimize any confusion then the best way to refer to us is as: InsideOUT (yes that’s all one word, with a capital OUT!) – a national organisation working to make schools and communities safer for  young people of diverse sexualities, sexes and genders. We work alongside young people to set up queer straight alliance/diversity groups in their schools, run awareness campaigns like the Day of Silence, and a whole lot more!

Whereas the resource can be talked about as:  Inside Out – Rainbow Youth’s video-based teaching resource which aims to increase understanding and support of sex, gender and sexuality diversity, so we can all belong. The resource is freely accessible and hopes to decrease homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

Read about what the name InsideOUT means to us here!

We can’t wait to put this new resource to work and see the changes this can make in schools across the country!

Fundraising Art Exhibition for InsideOUT

We’re holding a fundraising art exhibition and auction! The exhibition will run from Monday 17 August to Sunday 23 August at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba Street, Wellington. Artworks will be available for purchase throughout the week, with an auction at 6pm on Friday 21 August.

InsideOUT Art Exhibition Poster

More than 40 artists and craftspeople have contributed a wide range of artworks – including paintings, jewellery, sculpture and photographs – and they have been priced to be as affordable as possible, prices ranging from $20 to $400.

Contributing artists include Mica Still, Pinky Fang, Deano Shirrifs, Jamie Mackman, Joe Mcmenamin, Lucita Peek, Lucille Rauscher, Ellaquaint, Toby Morris, Minu, Sophie Oisea, Rika Nagahata, Scott Savage, Nathan M, Grimoire, Zach Webber – and many more.

InsideOUT is run by young people, for young people, and all of the money from this fundraiser will help us to support those facing issues such as homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying at school.

Our work making schools across New Zealand safer is vital for the positive health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA youth around the country, but currently our capacity is really limited by a lack of funding. The money raised will enable us to reach out and support even more young people to live safe and free of discrimination.

A huge thank you to Victoria Beesley for all her work organising the exhibition!

 

 

Shift Hui 2015 Recap

Shift Hui

Hui:

Assembly, gathering (noun) to gather, to assemble (verb), generally applies to a group of people

Shift

Verb

Move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance.

When InsideOUT started planning a hui one of the first things we needed to do was come up with a name.

This may sound easy but we really struggled to think of something. We wanted to have a name that we could use every year for our annual hui and for smaller hui we run in other communities. Someone said a few action words, but then someone suggested Shift. We all stopped and realised that this was it: Shift Hui 2015. We decided that Shift represented what we wanted to achieve. We want to help support LGBTQIA+ youth to shift the cultural ideas and standards that have been set within in society. 

Shift Hui group photo

Shift Hui 2015’s main focus was talking about the issues and people that you never hear about within our community, a minority within in a minority if you will.  We had a range of panel discussions, including hearing rainbow Pasifika experiences, a queer and trans Asian stories panel, and a panel discussion with people who held a range of identities and experiences that are barely ever spoken about in our community. We also had a workshop about what takatāpui means, the history behind it and ways we can support our takatāpui youth within our communities. 

We had roughly 100 young people from all different parts of the country attend. For some of them this was their first time at a hui, but for others it was an overdue welcome home. The amount of love and support is something that can never be described in words; you feel it when you walk onto the marae. Shift gave the young people there an opportunity to be whomever they want to be, without being judged or questioned, something that never happens in their hometowns.  

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Sharing Pasifika Rainbow Experiences Through Talanoa workshop with Rainbow Village Collective

It was important for the youth to also have down time to build solid friendships that will last them a lifetime. During the downtime we had lots of activities so the youth could bond. We had make-up application, a crafts table, zine-making, waiata and voice coaching among others. Not forgetting the incredible talent show!

Overall Shift was a major success and InsideOUT will do our very best to make sure it happens again in 2016. Thank you again to all the volunteers and people who helped make this possible, without you this just wouldn’t have happened.

By Bella Simpson

Check out the Shift Hui 2015 film below to relive the memories or learn about what you might experience when you come along!

 

 

InsideOUT’s Tabby Besley A Queen’s Young Leader

InsideOUT is very proud of our founder and National Coordinator Tabby Besley, who has just spent a week in the UK for the residential week of the Queen’s Young Leader programme.

Tabby received her award from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Monday, followed by a dinner at St James’ Palace. The rest of the week was no quieter, including visits to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, Twitter HQ, BBC World, Nesta, METRO, the Canadian High Commission, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the BT Tower.

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The group of 60 young leaders from Commonwealth countries also spent two days in Cambridge, taking part in a programme linked into the online course on Leading Change that they are taking over the duration of the year.

Tabby was the first and only New Zealander to receive a Queen’s Young Leader award, and encourages other young people making a difference in their communities to apply to be a 2016 Queen’s Young Leader – #TheSearchIsOn!

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Shift Hui 2015

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Shift is a hui (gathering) for young people of diverse sexes, sexualities and genders run by InsideOUT! Join us for a weekend of making connections, learning about different issues facing the rainbow community, taking part in workshops and activities (talent show!) and gaining new skills and knowledge to help you set up and/or sustain a queer straight alliance/diversity group in your school or take other actions to make your school a safer place. We want to see a shift in the dominant culture and see Aotearoa New Zealand as a safe place for everyone, regardless of their sex, sexuality or gender.

Head to http://shift.insideout.org.nz for everything you need to know, or check out some more details below.

WHERE: Tapu Te Ranga Marae, Island Bay, Wellington

WHEN: Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th April 2015

WHO: Youth aged 13-22 years old who live anywhere in Aotearoa, New Zealand (get in touch if you’re older and want to help out)

HOW: Click right here to go the registration form!

QUESTIONS: Check out our FAQ page or get in contact!

COST: 

  • Free – If you can’t afford to pay a registration fee, that’s okay, everyone is welcome at the hui!
  • $25 or more – Unwaged registration cost as a contribution towards your food and accommodation for the hui
  • $100 – Full registration cost. This is for people who are being sponsored to come by their school/youth council/youth group or anyone else, or otherwise want to pay full. This money goes towards covering food and accommodation costs for the hui and means we can continue to run events like this!
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Tabby Receives Queen’s Young Leader Award

We are delighted to announce that our founder and National Coordinator, Tabby Besley is one of the first ever recipients of the Queen’s Young Leader Award. She is the only New Zealander to receive the award and one of 60 winners selected from across the Commonwealth, after over 1800 nominations.

What does it mean: Tabby receives a trip to England in June 2015 where she will receive her award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace and take part in the residential part of a year-long online leadership course with the University of Cambridge. She gets a personal mentor for the year to support her work with InsideOUT and the opportunity to meet with relevant organisations and businesses in London. She also gets to meet 59 other incredible young people from around the Commonwealth who are doing amazing work in their countries.

Read more about the other award winners here: http://www.queensyoungleaders.com

Or hear more about Tabby’s story here or here.