August 31, 2013

Announcing: Peer Mentorship Program Kick-Off & Orientation Weekend

Initiative for Transgender Leadership is proud to announce our new
Peer Mentorship Program Kick-off Weekend for Trans* Youth!

Join us if you want to:
   become a skilled, connected and confident mentor to your peers;
   be part of a supportive and awesome group of people committed to making the world a better place for trans* youth;
   develop your professional and leadership capacities.

Come to our kick-off weekend October 4-6th where you will meet other local trans* youth, learn the basics of being a mentor, practice non-violent communication, eat great food and find out about ITL's Peer Mentorship Program to see if you want to join. Meals will be provided, bus fare is available, and the whole weekend is free! 

Location: ITL co-founder Madeleine Hershey will be hosting the Kick Off at her house on Aurelius Ave. in Swissvale. The house is handicap accessible.

Who is invited? The ITL Peer Mentorship Program is for people of trans* experience, ages 16-26. The program will benefit from a diversity of experiences, backgrounds and identities.  If you identify as trans*, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, or you feel you belong in this program, we welcome you. 

We hope that after participating in the kick-off weekend you will decide to commit to the full Peer Mentorship Program, which will meet for 20 3-hour sessions between October 2013 and May 2014. Those who choose to join the program will receive a small regular stipend, bus fare as needed, and lunch on program days.

The goal of the ITL Peer Mentorship Program is to produce a group of well-informed, confident and competent young trans* people who, by becoming experts in themselves, are ready, willing and able to provide information, mentorship and support to others in their communities.  The Peer Mentorship Program was designed by trans* youth and the ITL team to be participant-driven.  In other words: YOU decide what information and activities are priorities, and facilitate the program together with your peers. 


Have questions? Contact

We ask that you join us for all sessions

Friday October 4th
6:00-7:00pm Dinner 
7:15-8:00 Introduction to ITL and the Peer Mentorship Program
8:00-8:30 Sharing what you want to give and get from the program
8:30-8:45 Break
8:45-9:30 Icebreakers with Adil Mansoor
9:30 Close

Saturday October 5th
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-3:00 Basic Training for Being a Mentor with J Wester
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-5:15 Non-Violent Communication workshop with Dr. Judi Diven
5:15-6:30 Dinner
6:30-8:00 Participant-generated conversation: Program ground rules and language
8:00 Close

Sunday October 6th
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Facilitation 101 with FEARLESS
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 What's next? Hands-on workshop using Peer Mentorship Program manual
3:45-4:00 Choose whether to join the rest of the Peer Mentorship Program
4:00 Close


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