The Community Brave Foundation Story
What is ‘The Community Brave
The Community Brave Foundation is a new collaborative community group made up entirely of volunteers who wish to create a sustainable and positive future for the youth of our community, specifically targeting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) youths. It is 100% community run as a non-profit (Pty Ltd) and funded by the community through donations.
Who is ‘The Community Brave
The Foundation is made up of Board Committee who runs the foundation. These members are community members who have volunteered their time and come from all professions (Social Media, Nursing, Media, Marketing, Community Organisations, Event Managers, Video Production Teams, Teachers, Graphic Designers, Website Developers, Executives)
What is our mission?
Our mission is to build short and long term sustainable solutions to eradicate online bullying, homophobia, Transphobia & youth suicide. We aim to achieve this in the short term by providing a series of role model videos, building focused training mentors and providing a 24/7 support, assistance and guidance service through Social Media. We also aim to achieve a longer term sustainable outcome by providing education and knowledge through society to youths, which will build a better future by the concept of paying it forward.
How are we going to achieve this?
Phase 1 – Produce and release a series of Role Model online videos to help encourage volunteers to join our mentoring program in phase 2. Videos include: Public, Celebrities, Politicians, Sports Teams.
Phase 2 – Working with the LGBTIQ Youth Organisation Twenty10, we are developing a mentor training program to provide volunteers / Teachers / Counsellors with the best training with dealing with LGBTIQ Youth issues. These mentors will then be seeded into community through school and our online program in Phase 3.
Phase 3 – Build and provide an online tool (Social Media Network) for our trained mentors to participate in providing guidance, assistance, advice and support to youths 24 hours per day through the micro-blogging site Twitter. This is the ‘lifeline’ model except it is based purely through Social Media channels.
The Community Brave Foundation Story
Why are we doing this?
Inequality for the LGBTIQ community is still a huge problem for our societies. However, these inequalities are now becoming dangerous and destructive. The danger lies with youth who are no longer able to escape from the taunts, the abuse and the emotional scaring of bullying. It no longer resides in school playgrounds, bullying has migrated and increased its power online due to anonymity and social technology (Social Networks, Smartphones).
Too many youths have taken their lives, and our research suggests that their final cry for help is through the usage of Social Technology. That’s why this foundation aims to be there for every one of these young people who are going through suffering. We want to be able to talk to them, advise them of solutions and alternate strategies rather than self-harm or suicide. We want to be able to make a difference in our public schools through our teachers so that acceptance and tolerance is well and truly established as the upcoming generations enter adult society.
We want everyone to be equal, and we don’t want to lose another young person due to online bullying, homophobia or transphobia.
Who is the underlying organisation
we are supporting?
We are throwing our support behind an organisation that in 2012 have 30 years’ experiences with dealing with LGBTIQ youth – Twenty10.
Twenty10 is a community based, non-profit state-wide organisation. Working with and supporting young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and friends. Twenty10 is a safe place and staff deal with all enquires in an understanding, supportive and confidential manner.
Short Term Goals
Ø Reduce Homophobia & Transphobia, spread tolerance and acceptance
Ø Stop online bullying and abuse
Ø Eradicate suicide amongst youths from LGBTIQ community (but not limited to)
Long Term Goals
Ø Create social change so that there is no discrimination towards the LGBTIQ community by providing educators with the necessary training to address, respond and teach these learning’s in our public schools
Here’s how to help The Community Brave
Become a Community Brave Mentor
Registrations are now open for members of the public to become Community Brave Mentors. Our specialised training program will commence soon, and is being developed in conjunction with Twenty10.
Please note, you must be over 18 to register to become a Community Brave Mentor.
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