Collaborative receives grant for LGBTQ series of events

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EAST ARLINGTON — The Collaborative recently received a $3,000 grant from the Samara Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation to develop a "Friday Night Live" series of community events for LGBTQ+ Youth, ages 12-18, in Bennington County. The grant will help further the Collaborative's mission of promoting the development of a healthy, involved community supporting substance-free youth in a caring environment.

The substance-free socials hosted by the Collaborative and Alliance for Community Transformations will be held mid-county in East Arlington in the Federated Church's parish hall at 102 Ice Pond Road.

The October kick-off event is on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day. The series will take place on four Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., on Oct. 11, Dec. 13, Feb. 14, and April 10. All events are free and food will be provided.

Ideas are being sought from students to plan activities for the events. The survey link is tiny.c/s3rbcz.

"As community partners we all have a role in supporting and empowering our youth," said The Collaborative's executive director, Maryann Morris. "Young people need to feel safe, respected and valued. LGBTQ+ youth need to believe in their own self-worth and to feel they have control over the things that happen to them."

For more information about the series contact alice@thecollaborative.us or call 802-824-4200. The Collaborative's website is thecollaborative.us.

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