Transtopia Youth Camp
My name is Savannah Jackson, and I'm a transgendered woman.
The Gender Centre of NSW works tirelessly to develop and provide services and activities which enhance the lives of Transgender people. They helped me when I first decided to transition and now I'm helping them.
Youth camps are a wonderful learning and growth experience for teenagers and young adults.
However, transgender young people often miss the opportunity to participate in youth camps and programs that truly address their unique needs.
As a result, many do not attend and miss out on the opportunities to share, grow, laugh and learn.
To address this important need in the community, the Gender Centre is organising the first Transtopia Youth Camp, designed specifically and exclusively for transgender youth.
36 young people would be able to attend the three day camp. As the needs for young people cross a significant age range, the camp would be split into 2 distinct age groups: 13- 17 and 18-21. As such ideally there would be 18 spaces allocated to each age range. The activities for the camp would run separately for the age ranges so the unique issues relevant for each age group would be written into their program.
Camp Yarramundi is the venue that has been identified as ideal for the camp. It is a fully equipped and established youth camp venue easily accessible to Sydney. Yarramundi provides fully trained staff to facilitate some of the fun activities that will be offered as part of the program such as rock climbing, flying fox and kayaking. These, however, will not be the only activities that will be part of the program. Workshops looking at positive mental health, issues of transitioning, school / education, and bullying will also be part of the event.
The aim is to balance fun social activities with some opportunities for therapeutic topical discussions to be the key framework in designing the overall calendar of activities for the camp.
NSW police officers, transgender young adults working in health care and mental health sector, and a number of other professional people have already identified a willingness to volunteer their time to run these workshops.
Each night there will be a social event aimed at increasing opportunities for young people to just relax, be themselves and connect with others.
The majority of the attendees will be coming from regional and rural NSW. Imagine being a transgender young person in rural NSW. These young people are often the only one or two in their entire community’s population. The isolation and lack opportunity to connect with other young people experiencing the same issues is very real and challenging.
Overall the key outcomes the Gender Centre hopes to achieve through establishment of a youth camp are:
* A safe space for young transgender people to meet and engage in social activities to feel connected and less socially isolated
* Opportunities for young people to feel comfortable to learn and seek out information that will help them navigate issues of living comfortably within their own unique identity.
* A space for young people to meet and establish safe and supportive friendships to reduce isolation and sense of aloneness in their diversity
* A fun event that allows transgender young people respite from the feelings of depression many identify as they navigate their gender issues
The money raised will be used to fund the costs of the Camp (food, accomodation, camp staff) as well as the travel costs for the participants.
The aim is to run the camp in 2017/18, during the school holidays. The sooner we can reach our fund raising target the sooner we can book the camp.
Transgender youth, especially those in rural locations, are some of society's most marginalised young people. The suicide rate amongst trans youth is 47%...the highest of any group!
A youth camp designed specifically for young, rural based trans kids could not just change their lives, it could even save their lives!
Your support of this worthwhile cause is greatly appreciated. The young people will benefit enormously from this very special camp designed just for them.
Thanks so much
Thank you to everyone who has supported this wonderful cause.
Please take note of the special offer we now have available...
Donate $20 and receive 10 satchets of superfood.
Donate $50 and receive 30 satchets of superfood.
Please read down to the bottom of the description of the raise for all the information about this generous special offer from one of our supporters.
They have donated a large quantity of these superfood sachets and have suggested that we include them as a special gift to everyone who from August 4 donates either $20 or $50.
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They very generously donated $405 to the Transtopia Youth Camp campaign.
Ian Thorpe, Olympic World Champion swimmer was there too and made a very generous personal donation.
Thanks Ian and thank you to everyone from Trans Sydney Pride!
Hi Savannah, I am a transgender woman living in outback NSW (Coonabarabran) I would like to offer my services for the camp if you are in need of any help. Regards, Sue Baker (susan.baker.1848 on FB)
Great initiative. Please invite and include our first nations sister girl and brother boy elders to lead and mentor this group. There are Aboriginal youth who need that connection. Please feel free to contact me :)
Wonderful idea. So glad this is being developed. I will forward around our younger Trans networks in Albury-Wodonga as well as through my workplace. Rachel Dr Rachel Richardson Sub Dean Teaching and Learning Charles Sturt University
Hey Savannah, I would love to come on this camp I'm 15 I came out transgender to my parents 2 months ago even though I've felt like this for a much longer time. I live in south Australia and was wondering if it was possible for me to come on this camp.
Hi Savannah, I am wondering how do I speak to someone about a young child living in rural N.S.W. She has only meet a few children in her situation. I am very supportive but it would be great for her to get to know other kids like herself. Please contact me through Facebook messager. Thanking you, Cheers, Shirley.