Queer Academy



Art of 2017 campers created by Ricky Mestre

Queer Academy is a six-week summer program designed for queer and ally youth leaders (age 13—19) in Connecticut. This program will provide a range of activities designed to empower youth as community leaders and social justice activists. Over the course of six weeks, participants will explore the intersections of their identities, histories, and social movements. Participants will meet with local community leaders and organizations, attend and create workshops, watch films, create art projects, attend in-state field trips, and more! “Campers” will utilize the resources discovered during this program to create a group art project as well as a personal research project, presentation, and on-stage performance on a topic of their interest, all of which will be presented to the public in August at the end of the program.  These year’s theme is “STEaM as a means to social change” in collaboration with UTC.

Applications for this program are NOW OPEN! Priority deadline is SATURDAY, JUNE 6th. You can get an application emailed to you by emailing gsa@ourtruecolors.org, fill out the document, and mail, email, or fax it back to us!

Details for the program are as follows:

  • (please note dates are subject to change and will be finalized soon!!)
  • The dates of the program are expected to be:
    • Priority application deadline: Saturday, June 6th
    • Notifications of acceptance sent: Tuesday, June 16th
    • First day of camp: Tuesday, July 14th
    • Last day of camp and Presentation of Learning: Thursday, August 20th
    • Draguation ceremony: TBD
  • Youth must secure their own transportation to and from Hartford for the program. Transportation to off-site field trips from the Queer Academy space will be provided.
  • Camp meets Tuesday through Friday each week.
  • Youth must bring their own lunches. Meals may be provided on some field trips. Snacks will be provided every day during the program.
  • Youth are expected to attend all days of Queer Academy; please notify us in advance if this is not possible, and an exception can be made.
  • Before youth can attend Queer Academy, True Colors staff must speak with the youth’s parent or guardian. We understand this might be a concern for some young people who are not yet out, either in whole or in part. Youth who are accepted to the program will be able to tell us what name, pronoun, etc we should use when speaking with their guardian, but this contact with a guardian is mandatory for safety purposes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mel at 860-232-0050 ext. 306 or at melissa@ourtruecolors.org


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