OUTShine 2017

An International LGBTQI2S Youth and Ally Summit

Welcome to the OUTShine 2017 page!  Here’s where you’ll find everything you need to get the inside scoop on OUTShine!

Save the Weekend!!

April 28th – 30th, 2017
In Windsor, Ontario

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Please note that the application deadline for OUTShine 2017 has been extended until Monday September 26th,  12 pm EDT.  Not all applicants will be selected to participate in OUTShine 2017.  Application status will be conveyed in the weeks following the application deadline. 

Calling all Facilitators, Educators, and Presenters,

You’re invited to Egale’s International LGBTQI2S Youth and Allies Summit, occurring April 28 – 30, 2017 in Windsor, Ontario.

OUTShine is an incredible opportunity for you to connect with LGBTQI2S and allied secondary school youth and educators to share best practices regarding safer and more inclusive schools and celebrating the diversity of LGBTQI2S communities. For the first time OUTShine will be an international event with folks from across Canada, the U.S., and other countries.

We are seeking applications from organizations and individuals who offer high-quality programming in French of English for LGBTQI2S and allied secondary school youth and educators for the following programming streams:

  • Youth Stream– Within this stream we are looking for workshops that address topics such as inclusion, Safer Space Clubs, self-care, health, the arts, human rights, creating social change and exploring the diversity of LGBTQI2S identities and more.
  • Educator Stream– This stream may include workshops, facilitated networking, interactive best practice sharing and panel discussions. Topics for these sessions could include recent LGBTQI2S research within the sector, best-practice for inclusive schools and classrooms, creating LGBTQI2S-inclusive curricula and addressing and intervening in homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
  • Youth and Educators Stream– Opportunities will be available to offer sessions for both secondary youth and educators.

Workshops will be 70 minutes each and there is possibility for a workshop to take two time slots, totaling 140 minutes, if needed (especially for expressive arts workshops or educators’ networking workshops).

Successful applicants may be asked to present several sessions at OUTShine 2017.  Modest honoraria will be available for all presenters.

Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their application, scheduling limitations and efforts to maximize diverse community representation.  Preference will be given to workshops and presenters that represent the diversity of LGBTQI2S  identities and experience – such as people of colour, Two Spirit and indigenous communities, rural communities, diverse body types and abilities and trans and gender diverse experiences. Consideration will also be paid to the geographic location of applicants (i.e., the communities in which they work) with the goal of having each region of Canada represented as best as possible in Summit programming.

Please note that the application deadline for OUTShine 2017 has been extended until Monday September 26th,  12 pm EDT.  Not all applicants will be selected to participate in OUTShine 2017.  Application status will be conveyed in the weeks following the application deadline. 

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Volunteer

There are tonnes of opportunities to volunteer at OUTShine 2017, but right now we’re looking for volunteers to take on the role of OUTShine Ambassadors.  The Ambassadors act as anchors for students participating in the 3 day summit – you are there to support, encourage, and care for the students in your Family Group at the conference. In your role as ambassador you will lead four breakout Family Group sessions, each offering students an opportunity to debrief and deepen their experience of the summit in a smaller, more personal group setting. You will be responsible to lead check ins, icebreakers and check outs with your group of youth.

If you’re interested in volunteering as an Ambassador, please click the button below and complete the application form.

Sign Up as an Ambassador

What is OUTShine?
OUTShine is a three-day summit that brings LGBTQI2S and ally secondary school youth together with educators and community members to discuss what is happening in their schools, share resources and experiences, network, have fun, and celebrate LGBTQI2S identities. OUTShine combines educational sessions and social experiences, offering both combined and separate programming for youth and educators. With over fifty unique workshop sessions, as well as panels, discussion activities, performances, and a queer Prom, OUTShine 2017 will offer the same life-changing experience that the Summit has become known for.
Why do we need OUTShine?
OUTShine provides youth participants with an opportunity to develop leadership skills that they can take with them through school and into their careers. They will strengthen their sense of identity and self-worth as well, which is often needed to offset the disproportionate rates of fear, violence, harassment, depression, and suicidal ideation reported by LGBTQI2S youth. For many students, it is their first time connecting with such a large number of LGBTQI2S peers, while for other youth it is a chance to further diversify the communities with which they interact. The Summit also provides participants with a tremendous sense of validation, belonging, discovery, and community, which they can carry with them to their local Safer Space Clubs and throughout the rest of their lives. Additionally, educators take away  the skills and knowledge to better support students in taking leadership and in fostering safer classrooms.

When is OUTShine 2017?
OUTShine 2017 will be held the weekend of April 28 – 30, 2017. Programming typically begins early Friday evening with opening events, and ends Sunday evening following dinner to accommodate for the travel needs of some participants.
Where will OUTShine 2017 be held?
OUTShine 2017 is taking place in Windsor, Ontario, which is particularly exciting given the strong history of supporting and celebrating LGBTQI2S people within the region.  The exact location of workshops and Summit events will be announced soon, but you can expect an incredible reception from this beautiful city and its outstanding community organizations.
Who is Organizing OUTShine 2017?
OUTShine is an event of Egale Canada Human Rights Trust.  Founded in 1995, Egale works towards a vision of Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and all other forms of oppression, so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias.  Visit egale.ca for more information.

OUTShine 2017 is also organized in collaboration with a team of local schoolboards and organizations from Canada and the U.S.

How do I sign up?
Registration for OUTShine 2017 will open in January of 2017.  Potential participants simply fill out and submit a registration form through an online process.  If you’re interested in attending the event, you can RSVP immediately, and sign up to receive further information as it’s announced.
Who can come to OUTShine?
OUTShine is designed as a Summit for youth and educators from secondary schools from across Canada who identify as LGBTQI2S or allied.  Youth in grades 7 & 8 can attend if their school also includes grades 9 – 12.   Youth who have aged-out of secondary school are encouraged to join us as volunteers, and can submit a statement of interest via email to outshine@egale.ca

I’m a student without an LGBTQI2S supportive staff or board representative to take me to OUTShine, what should I do?
Youth attendees at OUTShine will require an adult chaperone (be they educator, parent or guardian).  We want to do everything we can to get you in touch with the right person in your school board/region. Feel free to get in contact with us at outshine@egale.ca if you have further specific questions.
How much money do I need to raise to attend OUTShine/How much does OUTShine cost?
Fundraising goals will vary according to travel distance or where fundraising as a group or an individual. Registration is $50 per student participant, and $175 per educator participant, which includes meals.   Participants will be responsible for covering the cost of accommodation in Windsor, where required, which will be $129 per night for a four-person room.  For groups coming from outside Southern Ontario areas, fundraising will most likely be required to support flights and transportation to the Summit, plus any additional spending money you would like to have.

I have never fundraised for anything in my life. Any tips?
Check out the OUTShine Announcement Section for tips on Fundraising, alongside a bunch of other information on the Summit.
I don’t live with my parents anymore, how do I get permission to travel?
The travel and excursion policy of your school board will include the age of self-dismissal that will allow you to attend OUTShine. Feel free to get in contact with us at outshine@egale.ca if you have further specific questions.
There is no ‘Gay-Straight Alliance’ in my school, but I would like to start one. Am I able to attend?
Absolutely! We’re looking for students that can help make a positive change for LGBTQ youth in their communities and schools. At OUTShine, you can learn about how to set up and promote your GSA.
I am a straight ally that participates in my schools “Gay-Straight Alliance”; am I allowed to attend?
Of course! The “straight” part of a gay-straight alliance is very important! LGBTQI2S youth look to their allies for support, and your attendance at OUTShine will be integral to its success. There will even be some ally-oriented programming.
I am not ‘out’ to everyone in my community; if I attend will my photo be posted on the ‘OUTShine’ website?
All attendees will be given the option to sign a photo release. Only those individuals who have signed to have their photo released will find their photo posted online on the OUTShine website.
Will there be trans-specific programming at the Summit?
Yes, we are working to actively provide a large amount of trans-specific programming at OUTShine.
Will the skills I learn at the summit be applicable to my small rural town?
Definitely! We’ll have presenters from small rural towns, along with other delegations in similar situations, to allow you make connections and learn essential methods and techniques to keep the GSA spirit alive in your community.

Getting into It – It’s never to early to plan for OUTShine!

Greetings OUTShiners!
It’s back to school season, which means it’s also back to Gender/Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and Safer Space clubs! As you get your club started up again we’re hoping you’ll have OUTShine 2017 on the agenda. It’s important to plan in advance for an event as big as this one, so here’s a list of some things to work on this school year:

Get Organized!
It’s never too early to start organizing your Safer Space club. Consider making some time at your first meeting to work as a group and develop a list of potential projects for the year, making sure OUTShine 2017 is one of them. Once that list is complete, be sure to let your teacher advisor know about the plan! With their help you can develop a calendar with the deadlines and goals you need to work around (like registration dates, fundraising events, etc). Getting and staying organized will help make your OUTShine dream a reality!

Spread the word!
We know you’re coming to OUTShine 2017, but it’s important that you come with a big crew to represent your school and community. This is only going to happen if you let people know about the event! Make sure you advertise the trip to OUTShine early and often so that the group and the school know that it’s happening, and that they can join you. Posters, announcements, social media and presentations are all great ways to spread the word.

Raise some Funds!
A big part of getting ready for OUTShine is raising the money required to cover travel expenses. Once your group is interested in attending the event, it’s important to get a sense of the price of travel for your group, and any other expenses that might be involved. Consider working with your group’s advisor to research any funds that might be available within your school board or region through grants or existing equity-focused budgets. You can also consider approaching local businesses and organizations for sponsorship, as well as trying your hand at crowd-funding via one of the many available online services.

Get Connected!
It can be really inspiring to connect with other Safer Space groups within your school region for events, idea sharing and plain old socializing. Consider reaching out to your Board, or to other clubs directly, to see who else in your region might be attending OUTShine 2017. Imagine the impact you could have if you collaborate with other clubs to make your board or region safer and more LGBTQ inclusive. After all, this year’s OUTShine theme is ‘Brighter Together.’

Dream on!
Last but not least we encourage you to dream of the awesome stuff that you can learn and share at OUTShine 2017. Maybe you have a cool project or idea that you’d like to share with youth and educators from across the country, or maybe you’d really like to learn about creative solutions to particular challenges you’re facing in your community. Whatever you’re thinking about, dedicate a little bit of time to dreaming what your group, and you individually, would like to get out of, and give back to, the OUTShine 2017 Summit.

Thanks for reading through our tips. We can’t wait to see you all at the Summit!

Presenter Applications now open!

Calling all Facilitators, Educators, and Presenters,

We are now accepting applications for Egale’s International LGBTQI2S Youth and Allies Summit, occurring April 28 – 30, 2017 in Windsor, Ontario.

We are seeking applications from organizations and individuals who offer high-quality programming in French of English for LGBTQI2S and allied secondary school youth and educators for the following programming streams:

  • Youth Stream – Within this stream we are looking for workshops that address topics such as inclusion, Safer Space Clubs, self-care, health, the arts, human rights, creating social change and exploring the diversity of LGBTQI2S identities and more.
  • Educator’s Stream – This stream may include workshops, facilitated networking, interactive best practice sharing and panel discussions. Topics for these sessions could include recent LGBTQI2S research within the sector, best-practice for inclusive schools and classrooms, creating LGBTQI2S-inclusive curricula and addressing and intervening in homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
  • Youth and Educators Stream – Opportunities will be available to offer sessions for both secondary youth and educators.

For further information, and to view the application, please visit the application section.

OUTShine is Online!

Greetings All!

Welcome to the website for OUTShine 2017, Egale’s International LGBTQI2S Youth and Allies Summit, occurring April 28 – 30, 2017 in Windsor, Ontario.  As 2017 gets closer with every day, we wanted to make sure you have the information you need to ensure your group takes part in OUTShine 2017.

Take a look around the site for information on registration, Frequently Asked Questions, and to RSVP and sign up for further info.  Stay tuned as more information will be added as the Summit nears.

As always feel free to contact us via email at outshine@egale.ca with any questions or comments you might have.

Keep on Shining!