TCGMC Launches “Youth Experience” Program
TCGMC has partnered with Avenues for Homeless Youth and Share Local Love to create the TCGMC Youth Experience, which will provide free & minimal cost concert tickets to LGBTQ youth and their caregivers. The Chorus is committed to bringing our music and welcoming message of acceptance, hope and support to everyone!
What is TCGMC Youth Experience? Our first beneficiary of the TCGMC Youth Experience is Avenues for Homeless Youth’s GLBT Host Home Program. The GLBT Host Home Program offers a transformative and intimate approach to providing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth who are experiencing homelessness with homes and support. All youth who participate in our program are queer identified and the majority are persons of color. Learn more about the GLBT Host Home Program.
How Can You Support This Program? TCGMC concluded its first fundraising campaign for this new initiative. Audience members were able to purchase Share Local Love Minnesota Gourmet Gift Boxes. In addition to supporting small Minnesota businesses and delighting in the highest quality, locally crafted, artisan foods, approximately 30% of every box purchased will fund our new outreach initiative.
Katie Sterns is the founder of Share Local Love: “Share Local Love is the synergy of our collective passion for good food, our love for our home state, and our desire to care for and about one another,” said Katie. “I’ve been inspired by the creativity, skill, and dedication of our food artisans, as well as the amazing organizations like the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, who are doing good by our Minnesota kids! Great things happen when we share local love!” (Katie is also the mom of Quinn Morrissey, who you may remember as our Young Harvey Milk in our 2014 production of “I Am Harvey Milk.”)
This fundraising campaign concluded on March 30. Our short term goal was to subsidize enough tickets to invite all of the youth in the GLBT Home Host Program and their foster caregivers to attend our production of QUEEN on June 15 – 16. We are pleased to announce that we met and exceeded our goal! Our long term goal includes partnering with other beneficiaries to grow the program to invite more LGBTQ youth in to the safe space of Ted Mann Concert Hall and experience the wonderful music of TCGMC.