Since the Audre Lorde Project first opened its doors in the summer of 1996, volunteers have been essential in building every aspect of ALP from setting up computer systems, to developing ALP's newsletter, to organizing events, to setting the direction and vision for ALP's work.
During the spring of 2010 The Audre Lorde Project launched a new membership program that provides a way for you to take part in the work of ALP whether you have a lot of time or just a little.
What Can Members do at The Audre Lorde Project?
- Administrative Work
- Special Events
Members can also participate on Working Groups. Working Groups are structured committees where members can help develop organizational policy on various issues and help implement programs. Participating on a working group requires a commitment of at least 3 months for up to 10 hours a month. Working Groups include:
- 3rd Space Support - Immigrant Rights, Interpreter Trainings, Advocacy/Support Circles.
- Membership - Holding basebuilding, supportive programming, wellness and holistic health education of our communities.
- The SOS Collective - organize campaigns & actions against violence that's directed against LGBTSTGNC People of Color & broader communities of color.
- TransJustice - by & for Trans & Gender Non-conforming people of color, works to mobilize its communities & allies into action on pressing political issues they face such as employment & education.
Why Get Involved at ALP?
Besides the rewarding experience of giving back to your community and working towards specific community based projects, people come to ALP to have fun, to meet other people and to learn about our community. You can also take advantage of ALP's different programs, which include events, community forums, trainings, discussion/support group meetings & poetry readings. As an ALP member you will be added to our mailing list and receive our newsletter, program materials and member related information. You'll also be invited to special volunteer events.
How To Become a Member
Individuals interested in becoming ALP members can contact The Audre Lorde Project by phone or by filling out the online member info form. You'll then set up an appointment with ALP staff to discuss your interests & decide on the most suitable volunteer project for you. Once you sign the ALP member agreements you will be scheduled to attend our next member orientation.
Who Should Become a Member?
People who are interested in supporting an organization that provides so much to our community. Prospective members should be responsible, committed to our mission, guiding principles & have free time to give. Member projects can fit your schedule. You can volunteer once a month or more often, do projects at home, at ALP or in the borough most convenient for you.
- Supportive Members get updated on Audre Lorde Project events, campaigns and programs. This level is open to all with a low time commitment.
- Active & Active Ally Members help implement programs, get access to trainings and build community support for the Audre Lorde Project. This level is open to all and has a medium time commitment.
- Core Members participate in decision making, conduct trainings and develop leadership of the Audre Lorde Project. This level is open to LGBTSTGNC POC and has a high time commitment.
The Fifth Annual POZitively Resiilent is a community building night of entertainment, education, and mind-blowing realizations of the world we live in centering communities most impacted by HIV.
Chillin' & Grillin' is an annual FREE BBQ and community event that celebrates the diversity of the LGBTSTGNC People of Color community and unites its various groups for summer fun.
This workshop will be a brief guided 'tour' through tools used the most often in Photoshop. We will be recreating the flier for this event (you can bring your own images but all images on the flier will be provided). Afterwards, time permitting, we will open the floor for questions about projects you are working on.
To be considered for this workshop you MUST fill out the form below, as we have a limited number of computer for folks to work from!
“What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence.” Audre Lorde, ‘The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action’, (1978)
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SKILLS TRAINING SERIES
What do you want to organize OUTside the lines? Do you have an organizing project you are looking to build from the inside OUT, and need the skills to do it? We are here to cultivate your skills to build towards a dream project that you have wanted to bring to life.
This Leadership Development Series will support you by increasing your skills and developing your leadership within the realm of community organizing and social change work. This training will help you to better challenge the multiple oppressions faced by LGBTSTGNC People of Color communities. We committed training and building our community members so that we are all recognized as individuals with power who are collectively building movement. We want you to have more tools to build vision and transform our lives!
***This Workshop series is open to folks who identify as LGBTSTGNC POC only***