The Rainbow Youth Bursary Fund

May. 07, 2012

Even with growing societal change and acceptance, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirited youth are still at risk due to the stresses of marginalization, harassment, transphobia, and homophobia both within their families and in community institutions such as schools. These complex stresses can sometimes foster tendencies toward suicide, mental health crisis, and create problems with completing education.

The idea for The Rainbow Youth Bursary Fund was hatched in the mid-’90s when the London Pride Festival committee received unallocated donation money. Organizer Jonathon Bancroft-Snell suggested it be used to seed an endowed education fund benefiting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and two-spirited youth. They approached their local community foundation to help make it happen. 

Today, The Rainbow Youth Bursary Fund, a fund within London Community Foundation, supports Pride London's annual Rainbow Youth Leadership Bursary. 

The award honours an area high school student for accomplishments and contributions he or she has made to the community, whether this is at home, school, religious institution, athletic or academic team, or another social group. Award recipients balance being a student and being a leader, and have demonstrated a commitment or significant contribution to developing tolerance and acceptance of London and area’s LGBT2 or any community group represented under the diverse Rainbow banner. 

Recipients of this award receive a certificate accompanied by a monetary payment towards his/her tuition at a Canadian postsecondary educational institution. 

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