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February 1, 2012

Center to hire part-time administrative assistant

The Center is looking to fill a part-time administrative assistant position. Check out the job description [click] and send a cover letter and resume to Louie Marven, 221 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101 or lmarven [at] centralpalgbtcenter [dot] org by Friday, February 17, 2012.

August 24, 2011

CPLAN at Pride

by Donald Anklam Thanks to all those who visited CPLAN (Central PA LGBT Aging Network) at the Center’s space at Pride Festival of Central PA! Visitors enjoyed refreshments, a DJ playing music from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, and the chance connect with others interested in supporting LGBT older adults through CPLAN. The planning committee is working to unveil monthly activities for LGBT older adults starting this fall, and to bring the documentary film Gen Silent to the area in conjunction with Coming Out Day in October. We are also developing curriculum to offer trainings on working with LGBT older adults to service providers like nursing homes and senior centers. If you are interested in joining our efforts, the various subcommittees include programming and outreach, curriculum, and fundraising. Contact the Center at (717) 920-9534 or info@centralpalgbtcenter.org to get involved. Donald Anklam is the Volunteer Coordinator for CPLAN. In August, Donald will begin his MSW field placement with the Center and work on developing this exciting program.

August 24, 2011

Center Expands Youth Services

TFEC grant to help launch Common Roads Carlisle A $1,250 grant from The Greater Harrisburg Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) will help the Center launch a new chapter of Common Roads in Carlisle. Currently, Common Roads holds weekly meetings in Harrisburg and Lancaster for LGBTQ youth ages 14-22. Over 90 unduplicated youth have attended a Friday night “safe space” program so far in 2011. Weekly meetings consist of social and educational programs that create an affirming, adult-supervised space for LGBTQ youth to interact and learn about local resources, health, arts and culture, and life skills. Whether the youth are visiting galleries at First Friday, practicing resume-writing skills, or discussing healthy relationships, LGBTQ youth in central PA have been supported and connected through Common Roads programs for over 18 years. The Center is pleased that more young people will have access to our youth services through Common Roads Carlisle, and looks forward to building relationships with new partners, volunteers, and other supporters in the Carlisle area.

August 24, 2011

Common Roads Spotlight

by: Trina Brandon, HACC, Youth Programs Intern

In my role as Youth Programs Intern, I am overseeing the weekly meetings for LGBTQ youth with Common Roads Harrisburg. I develop the weekly activities, coordinate volunteers, and reach out to youth to encourage their participation. I chose the internship at the LGBT Community Center Coalition because I really enjoy working with youth. It allows me to apply classroom theory to real work situations while developing an increased awareness of skills, attributes, personal qualities and values. I have been thrilled to be able to help create a “safe space” for the youth I’ve met this summer!

Internships provide students with real-world experience while allowing the Center to expand our capacity to provide unique programs. The Center has been able to work with local colleges and universities to create positive experiences for interns working on Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees.

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