Queer Academy

Applications will be accepted on a First-Come, First-Served basis until July 5th or the slots are filled


Art of 2017 campers created by Ricky Mestre

Program Overview

 Queer Academy is a queer and ally teen leadership summer program designed to empower youth as community leaders and social justice activists, connect them to information and resources, and give them the opportunity to practice and develop both hard and soft skills necessary for their future endeavors. This year’s program is moving online (thanks corona!), but is still focusing on social justice, with an added STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) component built in. By the end of the six weeks, everyone will create a brief, simple animation project exploring a social justice issue of their choice.

Program Schedule

 The program runs for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 6th.

Mondays 7—9 PM: a graphic design teacher will help us create our own simple animations (NO experience required!).

Wednesdays 7—9 PM: local advocates, artists, activists and educators will meet with us to share their experiences and insight on social justice issues. Guests may include trans men who organize rallies for healthcare, drag queens who fund-raise for bail funds, immigrants who maintain local mutual aid networks, Black Lives Matter organizers, and more!

Youth interested in additional content discussion or project support will also be invited to occasional small group calls. Some additional exploration of the student’s chosen topic will be necessary to complete their final project.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must…

  • Be between 13 and 19 years of age.
  • Have the use of a computer on Mondays (we will be using FREE downloadable software).
    Wednesday sessions can be attended via phone!
  • Attend the majority of the program (if you must miss certain dates let us know!)

Preference will be given to students who live in Connecticut, but students in other states may apply!

Program Application

The application lets us learn a little bit more about you. Students will be accepted on a first come first served basis until July 5th OR until 20 spots have been filled. Applications must be COMPLETE to be accepted, so be sure to answer everything! Apply here: Queer Academy Application

PS– Because this program is scaled back from what we usually offer, we’d like to also let you know that anyone who applies to this year’s online camp will be invited to attend our next in-person camp (hopefully summer 2021!)

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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