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LGBT Youth Line is Proud to Announce the 2nd Annual LGBT Youth Line Craftathon!
What is the Craftathon?
LGBT Youth Line’s Craftathon began in 2016, when we hosted an afternoon fundraiser where people made crafts together, learned new crafts, spent time together eating and having fun! We raised over $3,500 for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth across Ontario. It was so much fun, and such a success, that we’re doing it again! Sign on now at bit.ly/craft4YL
Once you’ve signed on, check out our info package for all the details on how to fundraise for your participation in the Craftathon! See it here: craftathon info package!
This year, we are anticipating 100 attendees & our goal is to raise $10,000.
Join us on February 11, 2017 from 11am-4pm at Sketch Working Arts. Come learn a new craft, make crafts for yourself and others, enjoy snacks and food, spend time with other craft makers, all while raising money for LGBT Youth Line.
About LGBT Youth Line
The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line exists to provide service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirited, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Working within an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework, we provide leadership opportunities, outreach, confidential peer support and referrals by telephone, texting and online. In 2015-2016, LGBT Youth Line supported almost 5000 youth across Ontario. Please join us and support LGBTQ2S youth across Ontario.
Sponsor This Event
We need support from businesses, community groups and crafters to make this event a big success. See our sponsorship package for all the ways you can sponsor this event: craftathon-sponsorship-pkge-final
Minimum pledge to participate: $25 per person
This includes food and covers crafting supplies at the event.
Master Crafter: Raise over $100 per person and get a swag bag that includes:
Crafting for LGBT Youth Line
Crafting is an important community endeavor! Although crafting can be done alone, it’s more fun with groups of people. When making a community quilt or mural, many people come together to create something beautiful. When you craft or begin a new hobby, you join a community of people with similar interests. Crafting resonates with queer people and queer youth, and that is part of what makes the Craftathon so important. When you join us to crafts at our Craftathon, you are supporting a wide quilt-like network of LGBTQ2S youth across the province.
This year, our event will be hosted at a youth space with primarily youth crafters and some special guests!
Why Should I Support the Craftathon?
By sponsoring the Craftathon, you are supporting an event that is much more than a fundraiser. The Craftathon is an event that brings together people of different ages, identities and experiences to enjoy a shared passion for crafting and supporting LGBTQ2S youth.
The Craftathon will be a family-friendly event with activities for people of all ages and varying degrees of crafting skills. We are hosting the event at Sketch Working Arts, which is one of the most trusted organizations in Toronto for creating safe spaces for marginalized youth using arts-based programming. Many of our crafting activities will be facilitated to help attendees learn the craft. Many of the facilitators will be youth artists and youth art-based groups sharing their expertise.
Our priority is to make sure everyone that attends has a great time, goes home having learned new skills, creates something with their own hands, and feels great about knowing that they helped the Youth Line to continue supporting thousands of young people across Ontario.
What can I make at the Craftathon?
Last year, we made personalized magnets, buttons, and mirrors. We had a table for beading and other tables making cards and snail mail art. This year, we have cross stitching, an amazing kids table, food art and so much more. Expect to use different kinds of beads, fabrics, washi tapes, stamps, magazines, stickers, and more!
Participate in the Craftathon
Are you ready to get your craft on and join us? We are looking for teams to help support our fundraiser! Creating a team is a great way to have fun with your friends, families, or co-workers. We are especially looking for students / youth to create a team!
Check out some of our answers to your questions about participating below and see this link for more FAQs.
What is a team?
A team is a group of 4 or more people who have raised the minimum amount of $25 per person in each group.
Sign me up! How do I create a team?
Go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/lesbian-gay-bi-trans-youth-line/craftathon17/. Click on ‘create a team’ or ‘join as an individual’. Invite friends to join your team and start fundraising! Share the links on social media!
I don’t have a team, can I still participate?
Absolutely! You can come out on your own or with 1 or 2 people. Just pay $25 /person at the door.
I want to join my friend’s team. How do I do that?
Go to the Craftathon webpage. Search for a team or find it on the bottom of the page, bit.ly/craft4YL. Go to the team’s page and click on ‘Join Team’. You will be asked to make your own page in case someone wants to donate specifically to you.
How do I donate?
You can donate to the team or to individual members. Once on the team page, click ‘donate’ and follow the prompts. Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt through Canada Helps. You can decide if you would like to donate publicly or anonymously.
Thank you for supporting LGBT Youth Line!