StartOut Ambassador to raise $30,000 in 30 days

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November 28

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StartOut Ambassador to raise $30,000 in 30 days

New youth mental health initiative aims to help DSG people in regional Australia

Newtown resident and local electrician, David Jones is on a mission to raise $30,000 in 30 days to support StartOut Australia, a registered health promotion charity that aims to build the confidence and resilience of young people of diverse sexuality and gender in regional Australia and reduce the entirely preventable burden of poor mental health in this community.

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DSG Identity

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February 09

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No matter how clichéd it sounds, we are all different.

Even though this statement is tried and tested, there are moments in our lives where we can feel like we are so different that we quieten or postpone a need to vocalise our truths. In late adolescence, we begin to form a real understanding of who we are. For individuals that identify as DSG it is important to be able to have support in order to allow them to claim who they are and feel a sense of social inclusion ...

(Not sure what DSG means? http://www.startout.org.au/why_dsg)

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The First Move

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August 24

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Martin Vu, one of StartOut Australia's first volunteers has contributed his article, and we are very grateful. He tells of his struggle with coming out, and the hope and positivity that he has learnt to surround himself with. Great stuff Martin, thanks for sharing. 

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Random Hacks of Kindness

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May 11

Get ready for the hackathon of the year!

StartOut Australia are very excited to announce that we have been invited to be part of the global Random Hacks of Kindness event on the 31st May. This is an event where software developers from around Melbourne come together and donate a whole weekend of their time to help a select group of non-profits create something awesome. 

Along with our volunteers creating some cool new web designs, this will put us one step closer to having a brand new mentoring platform to connect DSG people with.

Check out Random Hack of Kindness for more information about the event and if you are a web developer/UX designer join the meet up group here and come along on the day to help out!

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Our next fundraiser!

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April 23

aussieBum presents 'Bridegroom' the Movie, proceeds to StartOut Australia

Buy tickets at startout.org.au/bridegroom

Our next major excitement is a gala movie screening of Bridegroom. A Love Story Unequaled. on the 15th May 2014 at the Capitol Theatre on Swanston St brought to you by aussieBum and SEEK, with all proceeds going to StartOut Australia! We have 600 tickets on sale and would LOVE to see you and all of your friends there.

Bridegroom has just won Best Documentary at MQFF and is an important story about Shane Bitney-Crone and Tom Bridegroom and what happened after Tom's accidental death in 2011 – of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– it is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

Shane is flying to Australia for the first time for this screening and will be answering your questions at the screening and attending a special cocktail after party. A special thanks to TJ Hodges for organising and partnering with StartOut Australia for this important event. 

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Introducing the Board!

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April 15

Introducing the newest members of the team steering StartOut Australia in it's mission - to help DSG people around the country reach their potential and reduce the entirely preventable burden of poor mental health. Their passion and belief in what we are trying to achieve has been instrumental in coming this far and we so excited to have them on the StartOut board of directors. 

David White - With a career in mentoring programs spanning almost 30 years, 24 of which were as founder and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia, David is the Australian authority on mentoring programs for young people. With over a decade of board experience in mentoring programs and not for profits, David White is the chair of the board of StartOut Australia.

Helen Cester - Over 20 years experience in strategic human resource management and workforce planning in the not-for-profit sector combined with Helen’s history in business and not-for-profit boards make her an ideal board member for StartOut Australia,

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Workshops at RMIT

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April 10

StartOut Mentoring - Collaborative Workshops hosted by RMIT

After a brief postponement due to the Hazelwood coal mine fires, we ran our first collaborative workshops at RMIT on the 29th March. We were more than mildly stoked that people gave up their Saturday mornings to be with us and even more stoked with the incredible contributions, passion, and excitement for the cause that people brought with them. 

The ideas and insights have already started to form the inputs to what will be a great service we hope to start rolling out to DSG people around the country very soon, and we will be running more of these workshops in the very near future. 

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Super Mega Awesome Volunteer HangOUTS

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April 08

No you don't have to be out or DSG to help! We are hosting obligation free drinks in the CBD on Friday 11th April - rsvp here if you like the idea of StartOut Australia and either do or don't know how you'd like to be involved, or just want to meet some new people. At the very least you will be keeping us company at the bar on Friday after work.

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Get donating!

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April 02

first-post.pngWe are now a Tax Deductible Gift Recipient! 

This means donations over $2 to StartOut Australia are now tax deductible (so get donating), but what's really exciting is that we are officially recognised as a health promotion charity, which means we are going to actually change some lives - even the government agrees. 

These statuses have been notoriously difficult to obtain in the past so a special thanks to Mia Matic, Stuart Kollmorgen and Andrew Spalding from Norton Rose Fulbright for their pro-bono amazingness in making this happen. 

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