What is Rainbow Valley?
Rainbow Valley is a space that is open to all young people (aged 12-25) who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-diverse, intersex, non-binary and queer (LGBTIQA+) or are questioning, curious or exploring their gender identity, sexual orientation and/or attractions.
Rainbow Valley is a welcoming, safe social group for young people to hang out, create events, support each other and express who they are.
Hello <<First Name>> 👋
This one's about to be one looooooong email, but I promise you it's packed with only the best for you all <3
Here's the update on what we got up to at the latest Rainbow Valley:
- Discussed how the 5 Love Languages were penned by a person who held some pretty homophobic views and wrote them with the intention of only being applied to heteronormative cis-gender couples. So we we decided to define our own love languages for ourselves, amongst which included: sending and receiving pictures of cats, annoying people to get their attention, watching TV shows together, cooking for others and in-depth conversations about things we care about!!!
- Courtesy of tumblr, we were introduced to Dr. James Barry, a military surgeon from the 1800s (!!) who performed the first recorded caesarian birth in which the mother and child both survived, and also incidentally a trans man. Read on in this article 'How History Keeps Ignoring James Barry' which describes Dr. Barry as follows:
Slight of stature and known for a love of flamboyant clothes and stylish wigs, Barry’s dapper appearance belied a toughness and a hard-nosed, often belligerent dedication to his job [...] He had a habit of infuriating people in power in his quest to improve sanitation and medical care in the communities he served.
- We played another few rounds of Champ’d Up, peep the incredibly imaginative 🤔🤔 champions we conjured below:
- Plugged the Snazzy Creators Society, a brand spankin NEW creative drop-in space for LGBTQIA+ young people and their allies! Meeting fortnightly on Thursdays and planned by young people from our very own Rainbow Valley - we're so chuffed to be able to say that the very first session will be taking place in a few weeks time on September 16th. Fill out the form here to sign up.
When’s the next Rainbow Valley?
Next Rainbow Valley will be held online
When: Last Friday of the month – 24th September 2021. 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Where: Register for Zoom link.
If you’re interested in coming along, please send me an email reply or a text to 0408 110 487. I’ll get in touch again with another reminder a little closer to the date.
We're thinking of running a few extra sessions over the September-October school holidays too, and it would be super helpful if you could fill out this extra short poll to decide on what sorts of queer specific events you'd like us to hold - click through below:
from the Valley Youth team
Trans and Gender Diverse Writing Group
WHAT'S THE GOSS @ VALLEY YOUTH?
so many events to keep you occupied over the next few weeks
Young People's Awards
Do you know a young person doing awesome things in Moonee Valley? Whether it’s caring for a loved one, running a local initiative or achievements in the arts, sport or education, we want to celebrate them! Recipients will receive a $150 voucher! Nominate a young person aged 12-25 here. Nominations close 22nd November 2021.
Young People's Committee
We invite passionate young people aged 12-25 connected to Moonee Valley to join our Young People’s Committee. The committee meets monthly to develop their leadership skills, design youth-led projects and advocate and inform Council on issues young people are passionate about. Learn more and sign up here.
Valley Youth Short Film Fest
Are you an upcoming filmmaker aged 12-25 connected to Moonee Valley? Have you dabbled in creating vids on your phone? Maybe you’ve just finished a media assignment? We’re having a movie night in the school holidays and want to screen your short films! For more info and to submit your films before 20th September click here!
Come along to our movie night on 28th September at The Clocktower (or online if restrictions don’t permit)! Valley's Youth's FReeZA team will be screening a double feature - Tom and Jerry (2021) and Mamma Mia! We'll also be showcasing short films made by young people in Moonee Valley! Get your free tickets here. Everyone is welcome!
Creative Journalling Workshop
Join us for a creative journaling workshop with Gems Zine! In this fun and relaxed workshop they'll guide you through creative ways to fill your journal pages. The workshop is for young people aged 12-25 and will take place on Monday 27th September from 2pm - 4pm at the Sam Merrifield Library (online if restrictions don’t permit). Book your spot here.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
For trans, gender diverse and other queer-identified people between the ages of 13 to 25 to connect and get writing, the group is run and facilitated by two young adult published authors, Alison Evans and Nevo Zisin who both identify as non-binary and queer. A safe space for writers of all levels of experience to create, write and share ideas. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Keep the local music industry alive!
Help a young person out with supporting the local music industry by filling out this very quick survey to build a case to demonstrate the need for the project they're working on. It takes less than 5 minutes!
SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition
SBS wants to hear your story...because there's a writer in all of us. Submit your story of 1000-2000 words that speaks to the beauty and/or challenges of being Between Two Worlds in diverse Australia and you could win up to $5000 and kickstart your career. Entries are open from August 16-September 16. Go to www.sbs.com.au/writers for more information and register here to enter.
Victorian Youth Congress
Take part in Victorian Youth Congress to develop leadership and teamwork skills and gain valuable insight into how government works, how policies get made and what you can do to influence the process. Join other young people from across Victoria in making their voices heard.
Young people from diverse backgrounds, ages and from across regional, rural, outer suburban and metropolitan Melbourne are encouraged to apply. Applicants do not need previous experience working with government.
You can apply by completing an online application form or downloading the hardcopy form and use this to submit a written or video application via email to the Office for Youth: firstname.lastname@example.org
REVERB mental health workshops
Co-delivered by young people, Community Conversations workshops engage community members in discussion about mental health stigma and intergenerational barriers young people face in accessing mental health support.
To get involved, contact Jess Case.
Learning from COVID-19 Webinar
Are you interested in COVID-safe youth work (both online and in person), improving accessibility, or self-care? YACVic’s online resource ‘Learning from COVID-19’ has collected the learning, creativity and adaptations of the youth sector through the pandemic. Join us at the resource launch on 7 September 10:30am – 11:30am as we learn:
More information and book tickets here.
- How to use the resource in your own work
- How guest speakers are adapting
- Practical skills for managing self-care and burnout in youth work
to keep in your back pocket
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Young People
Young people play an important role in education and empowering our families, friends and wider community on the vaccine rollout. Vaccine conversations can go so many different ways, but that doesn't have to be a barrier!
That's why YACVic have put together a comprehensive guide to help you confidently talk through vaccine hesitancy with your family and friends 💉
Find out more here or check out or other vaccine resources