Young Leaders Hone Their Skills.
The True Colors Fund knows that authentic youth collaboration is integral to ending LGBTQ youth homelessness. LGBTQ young people with lived experiences of homelessness may not have the opportunity to gain professional experience through traditional means, which includes employment history and education. Through our Fellowship program, the True Colors Fund provides an opportunity for young people to use their lived experience to make an impact on the national movement to end youth homelessness.
The goal of the True Colors Fellowship is to provide young people age 18-24 who’ve experienced homelessness with the opportunity to collaborate with adult partners on projects that address youth homelessness. Through our Fellowship program, young people are able to gain professional development skills, work with a national advocacy organization, and attend the 40 to None Summit. Our Fellowship also helps ensure that the work of the True Colors Fund is informed by young people themselves.
Our Advocacy Fellowship gives one young person the opportunity to act as a national and state representative as it pertains to state administrative education, public policy, advocacy, and grassroots movement building.
Our Innovation Fellowship provides a young person the opportunity to participate in the creation of a technology solution that addresses LGBTQ homelessness. The Fellow gains experience researching and evaluating existing technologies, developing user stories, and collaborating with other technology professionals across the country.
Our Media Fellowship provides a young person the opportunity to plan and produce content for a digital media campaign about issues that impact LGBTQ youth. This Fellow gains experience in digital advocacy, marketing, and project management.
Our Production Fellowship provides a young person the opportunity to co-coordinate an event dedicated to the issues surrounding LGBTQ youth homelessness. This True Fellow gains valuable experience in large-scale event production and peer collaboration.
Our Research Fellowship provides one young person the opportunity to update an educational resource. This Fellowship requires community involvement at both the national and local levels, tapping into experts working on issues that affect youth homelessness through an LGBTQ lens.