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Aqua Foundation for Women awards $60,000 in grants to nine lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups

2News release from Robin Schwartz, executive director of Aqua Foundation for Women:

The Aqua Foundation for Women continues its work to support the LBT community in South Florida by providing funding to 9 organizations for a total of $60,000 including our largest grant to date of $20,000 for Safe Schools South Florida.  This is in addition to our 2010 Legacy grants in which we awarded $20,000 to four organizations within the LBT community

These are the organizations and programs that are receiving the funds:

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for The Fort Lauderdale Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, a 5 day Film Festival which will screen up to 40 films that focus on the portrayal of the LGBT experience from a historical, current, or futuristic perspective. The films will entertain
and educate the audience with viewpoints from a local, national, or international level. The FLGLFF
will bring films that are of interest to our lesbian community such as, The Secret Diaries of Ann
Lister.

O-Cinema for the Aqua SHE Film Series, a dedicated screening on a monthly basis for LBT films of note as well as a LBT visual art exhibition. 

Safe Schools (formerly GLSEN) for three separate programs.  The Women-In-Training Project will deliver leadership development activities to LBTQ students through Gay-Straight Alliance, LBTQ student speakers development, and LBTQ youth empowerment conferences.  Activities are designed to improve LBTQ student's self esteem, self image and self efficacy.  The RelationSHIFTS project is a two-session health conference for LBTQ young women designed to shift their belief systems about self and prevent seemingly automatic and destructive patterns that lead to physical, mental and emotional abuse.    The OUTlet: Plugging Young Women into the Arts is for LBTQ women and their allies to create their own day of celebrating women through the arts.

Sunserve will provide three distinct issue oriented support groups facilitated by licensed mental health practitioners.

The Alliance for GLBTQ youth will expand two programs: group counseling and ChangeMakers.  This will afford critical services and youth development within Miami - Dade County.

The Pride Center will provide breast health education focusing on behavioral risk factors; removing the stigma regarding breast health awareness and care for six different groups including Transmen, Masculine Lesbians, Transwomen and others.

The Women's  Theatre Project will present Girl Play which is an educational and cultural program during two weekends in June.  It features Ugly Ducklings, a national campaign designed to reduce bullying and harassment of LGBTQ youth.

YES Institute Empowering Women and Girls Through Powerful Communication and Education project will provide education on communication, gender, and orientation to lesbian women and girls throughout Miami - Dade County.  The Aqua Foundation funds will provide scholarships to cover registration fees for Communication Solutions courses for 10 adult lesbians and 30 youth lesbians.

We are proud to have the opportunity to fund such a diverse group of programs which certainly will have a positive impact in South Florida.  

The Aqua Foundation for Women has awarded over $300,000 to South Florida's LBT community. We look forward to continued growth thanks to the support of all who attend our events, volunteer and donate to our cause.  Please join us on November 13 at our new Annual Aqua Affair (details soon) where we will honor our grant recipients, scholarship recipients and inform you of our exciting plans for 2011!

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