New Grants Bolster Work

March 5, 2014

Diverse & Resilient received new grants in 2014 that will add to our capacity to serve LGBTQ people in Wisconsin.

Last week we received an in-kind gift of software from Microsoft Citizenship, valued at $39,000. The gift upgrades our office software for all 24 of our staff, putting everyone on the same platform. The software will help us work more efficiently and more easily collaborate with each other.

In January we received a grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program to support a new program, Safe Dates, that promotes healthy relationships between LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth and adults are at a higher risk of relationship violence than their heterosexual peers. This evidence-based program provides education, training, and support to encourage young people to engage in healthy relationship behaviors.

2013 was also a strong year for new programs. In partnership with United Way, we launched Making Proud Choices! LBQ, a curriculum for lesbian, bisexual, and queer young women that encourages participants to make healthy life choices around sexual health, relationships, and leadership. The curriculum is currently running pilot programs.

We also received funding through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative to launch 414ALL, a condom campaign that works to reduce unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates for young people in Milwaukee.

We are grateful to these funders, as well as the hundreds of individuals who make this work possible though their gifts and support.