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1.) Inside Out searches for new executive director - Colorado Springs, CO
2.) YOUTH GET PAID :: Peer Outreach Coordinator for LGBTQ Youth of Color :: Due April 15 - Seattle
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1.) Inside Out searches for new executive director - Colorado Springs, CO 

Inside Out searches for new executive director

April 1, 2013 | Colorado Springs Business Journal | Filed under: Daily News,Nonprofit | Posted by: Amy Gillentine

Executive Director Shawna Kemppainen will be leaving Inside Out Youth Services, a nonprofit focused on advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender teenagers in the Springs.

Kemppainen will be taking another role for at-risk youth, but no announcement has been made about her new position. She worked at Inside Out for three years.

The board of directors will launch a search for the new executive director, led by board treasurer Amy Dinofrio, vice president of human resources and internal operations at Pikes Peak United Way. The search will include opinions of Inside Out's youth and volunteers, as well as external stakeholders. The job announcement will be posted soon at the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and is available at the Inside Out website.

Eric Pizana, program manager at Inside Out, will lead the internal programs and volunteer work during the transition and continue as staff leader for the Pikes Peak Safe @ School Coalition's advocacy efforts. Jami Everett, board president, will provide day-to-day management of Inside Out, handling budget and staff supervision.

Kemppainen is credited with helping grow the nonprofit's programs while balancing the need to maintain financial reserves.

"During her tenure, the organization's 'out' work in the community came into sharp focus," Everett said. "We launched a new safe schools coalition to combat bias-based harassment against students, reaching more than 400 local educators and 330 youth. And with expansion of program hours, some 1,000 youth found safe space in our downtown Colorado Springs center."

Kemppainen will also volunteer as an active member of the Pikes Peak Safe @ School Coalition, Everett said.

"We hold deep gratitude for Shawna's service to empower and advocate on behalf of LGBTIQ youth, and for her passion to engage people in our work over the past three years," Everett said. "She grew Inside Out's impact and sustainability, and deepened the viability of our collaborations."

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2.) YOUTH GET PAID :: Peer Outreach Coordinator for LGBTQ Youth of Color :: Due April 15 - Seattle
Sent: 3/29/2013 4:41:43 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: YOUTH GET PAID :: Peer Outreach Coordinator for LGBTQ Youth of Color :: Due April 15

[Please pass on to youth, especially LGBTQ Youth of Color and Allies]


Opportunity: Seattle Quare Arts Project Youth Peer Outreach Coordinator (up to 6)
Hours: Expected to average 5 hours per week between April and June 30, 2013.  Flexibility required, especially for after school  and evening hours.
Supervised by: Project Coordinator
Stipend Available: Up to $500 is available for each Youth Peer Outreach Coordinator.
Posting Expires: April 15, 2013. 5 p.m.

About the Seattle Quare Arts Project:  The Seattle Quare Arts Project seeks to facilitate greatness among LGBTQ Youth of Color with a special emphasis on African Americans. It is a mentored performing arts project that provides creative assistance in designing and implementing performing arts events, such as poetry slams, dance competitions or performances, musical or theatrical presentations, or related activities.  The word "Quare" (pronounced like "Queer") is used to communicate a spirit of excellence and identify exceptional and remarkable experiences and individuals.  This project operates by creating up to four (4) events, which are scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2013. Each will provide opportunities for youth to express the realities of their experiences with authenticity and to name, explore, express, and celebrate who they are as LGBTQ Youth of Color, and also affords participants decision-making and ownership that encourages and empowers creativity, strengthens self-esteem, and affirms personal identity.  The overarching goal of the project is to support participating youth to "be the best persons they can be." The project will hire up to six (6) LGBTQ Youth of Color and/or Allies to identify and recruit LGBTQ Youth of Color as participants.  It will also engage LGBTQ and allied adult People of Color who are experienced performing artists as Adult Creative Mentors. These allies will assist the youth in creating an appropriate performance presentation reflective of their rich and poignant experiences and talents.

Opportunity Description [what is a Peer Outreach Coordinator?]
  • Under supervision and with support, up to 6 youth will be engaged as Peer Outreach Coordinators to inform, outreach to, and recruit LGBTQ Youth of Color ages 16 - 22, especially African-American Youth, to participate in the Seattle Quare Arts Project.
  • The Peer Outreach Coordinators will be LGBTQ Youth of Color and/or Allies between the ages 16 - 22.
  • The Peer Outreach Coordinators will use methods including in-person conversations, printed and electronic media; innovation and creativity in outreaching to and recruiting youth to participate in the project will be encouraged.
  • Additionally the Peer Outreach Coordinators will chair twice monthly participant meetings and assist youth in making decisions regarding the nature and implementation of the 4 performing arts events.
  • The Peer Outreach Coordinators will work as part of a team of youth and adult mentors, emphasizing collaboration.
A time commitment of approximately 5 hours per week for 10 weeks is expected with some flexibility as required, and the work will take place between April 1 and June 30, 2013, specifically:
* One hour weekly meeting with all Peer Outreach Coordinators and Project Coordinator;
* One 30-minute weekly meeting with Project Coordinator;
* Eight 90-minute sessions with youth participants to develop, prepare and rehearse for the performance event;
* Up to six 2-hour general participant meetings with youth, about one per month;
* and attendance at the final performance event (expected to be 2 hours total time).

  • The time commitment is not expected to extend beyond a total of 60 hours.
  • The Peer Outreach Coordinators can earn a stipend of up to $500, and bus tickets are available for up to 10 round trips per month (20 tickets per month).
  • The Peer Outreach Coordinators work with and report directly to the Project Coordinator and the Recreation Program Coordinator.
Description of Duties [what will a Peer Outreach Coordinator do?]
  • Recruit LGBTQ Youth of Color ages 16 - 22, especially African-American Youth, to participate in the Seattle Quare Arts Project.
  • Assist with advertising, facilitating planning meetings, and coordinating up to 4 performing arts events.
  • Attend collaborative meetings with other Peer Outreach Coordinators, the Project Coordinator, Creative Mentors, and youth participants.
  • Identify and discuss with peers, participants and Project Coordinator what outreach methods are working and why.
  • Work with the Project Coordinator and use constructive feedback to achieve position duties.
  • Maintain confidentiality of project records and youth personal information.
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance, with regular and reliable hours, as defined by the Project Coordinator/supervisor.
Skills Expected to be Learned [that are valuable and marketable in today's work force]
  • Experience in youth leadership, especially with Queer Youth and Youth of Color.
  • Experience in marketing, outreach, and/or promotion of activities and events.
  • Understanding of issues relevant to Queer Youth of Color, especially African-American Youth.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, beliefs, sexual orientation and lifestyle.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Outlook.
  • Experience with computer and/or social media (e-mail, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr) desirable.
  • Ability to prioritize your time to achieve position duties.
How to Apply: To apply please use accompanying application form for Youth Peer Outreach Coordinator.

Note: Safe Schools Coalition doesn't send attachments to emails but we found the application online at the link above.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Randy Wiger, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at (206) 684-0775 or at or Jeron Gates at (206)-255-4051 or


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