Mission: Friends of Project 10 Inc. supports programs which emphasize nondiscrimination and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. The organization works to assure that public schools are in compliance with state and federal laws regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and that academic achievement should not be limited by being part of a marginalized social group.
Results: Throughout the years, we have served thousands of LGBTQ youth and their allies by producing a student conference, Models of Pride, the first LGBTQ Youth Prom in the country, and the Models of Excellence scholarship competition. Since the scholarship program's inception, we have awarded approximately $400,000 in awards.
Target demographics: LGBTQ Youth
Direct beneficiaries per year: We awarded $30,000 in scholarships last year.
Geographic areas served: Southern California
Programs: We award scholarships through our Models of Excellence competition to graduating senior high school students who have advanced LGBTQ civil rights.
Friends of Project 10 has been a large part of my success. Between creating a safe space for LGBTQ youth to have their own "Gay Prom," awarding high school seniors with scholarships for furthering their education (who have contributed in some way to the lives of LGBTQ individuals regardless of their own gender or sexual identity) and starting Models of Pride's yearly LGBTQ + Allies conference... Friends of Project 10 is heaven sent. When I didn't feel comfortable at my own high school prom, FoP10 had a space for me. When my family didn't encourage me to further my education and I wasn't sure how to pay for it, I was rewarded for my volunteer work in the community. Even better, both attending as a participant and volunteer to their yearly Models of Pride conference has given me resources beyond comprehension. If I didn't join the planning committee, I wouldn't have met the wonderful family who took me under their wings and have helped me continue to succeed, even as odds seemed against me for quite some time. I cannot thank them enough and hope that some day when I am financially stable (and not paying off tons of college loan debt) that I may pay it forward. Thanks, Friends of Project 10!