“You’re going to hell in a hand basket!”

The American Friends Service Committee’s Inclusive Justice Program’s  “Peace-Building-Dialogue Training” provides an opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed for engaging in conversation about conflictual topics at home, in interpersonal relationships, at work, in classes, in meetings, andbeyond. 

We invite you to attend a training scheduled for Sunday June 12, 2011 from 1:30-5:30 pm at Ann Arbor’s First Presbyterian Church, south side of Washtenaw Avenue east of South University Avenue.  Church and street parking available.  This basic training will include an overview of the principles and pragmatics of peace-making dialogue, and time for practicing the method set forth in the training overview. 

There is a $10.00 suggested donation.  The proceeds will go to benefit the Jim Toy Community Center.  The donation and pre-registration can be taken care of through:

For further information, contact Jim Toy MSW at  ayetfm@umich.edu  (734-930-0056 extension 211).

PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} Documentary Screening—April 12th, 7:30pm


Note time and location change!

What: PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} Documentary Screening

Why: Reteaching Gender & Sexuality

Reteaching Gender & Sexuality is a message about queer youth action and resilience. The video was generated to contribute additional queer/trans youth voices to the national conversations about queer/trans youth lives. Reteaching Gender & Sexuality intends to steer the conversation beyond the symptom of bullying, to consider systemic issues and deeper beliefs about gender and sexuality that impact queer youth.

When: Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30pm

Where: Whitney Room #1315 University of Michigan School of Education, 1080 South University, Ann Arbor, MI

Sponsored by:
UM Queer Social Work Alliance,
Jim Toy Community Center
Dedicated to Make a Change, L3C

For more information: Gabe Radeka <gaberadeka@gmail.com> or Christine Sauve <sauvec@umich.edu>

Anti-Bullying Summit II—March 13, 2011

Imagine one day waking up and discovering that bullying, harassing, and saying rude mean comments were no longer the norm. How would your day change? The Jim Toy Community Center is committed to making this change in our community.

March 13, 2011 is the Anti-Bullying Summit II. We are meeting at the First Presbyterian Church 1432 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Did you know that Michigan remains one of five states with no anti-bullying law to help usher in progress in dealing with the most common form of violence in our schools? Create a change by joining the Resources/Statewide Initiatives and policy.

Do you know how to interrupt these comments?
“That’s so gay.”
“That’s ghetto.”
“That’s retarded.”

Create a change by joining the Local Initiatives, Cyberbullying/ Teacher & Staff Training.

Can you think of three examples to support the statement, “being different can be dangerous”?

Create a change by joining the Help for Bullies & Targets/Youth Education.

We look forward to working with you to create a Bully Free Community. RSVP on Facebook!

Double Your Gift!

The Jim Toy Community Center Receives $5,000 Challenge Grant from MillerCoors

The Jim Toy Community Center (formerly the Washtenaw Rainbow Action Project) is engaged in an End-of-Year Appeal and is excited to announce a $10,000 donation from MillerCoors. The donation includes a $5,000 corporate sponsorship in support of OutFEST held annually in September and a $5,000 partnership grant that will allow the Jim Toy Community Center to match and double the value of donations during the month of December. In addition to helping to increase donations to the center for ongoing programs, the grant funded a Washtenaw Anti-Bullying Summit scheduled for Jan. 9.

“We have always had a special relationship with MillerCoors,” says outgoing president Barry MacDougall. “They have been an important and long-term supporter of our community center. We are pleased that MillerCoors has been able to support our mission with this much-needed grant.”

“We have exciting plans for 2011,” says incoming president Linda Lombardini. “There is tremendous momentum in the community, and this funding will allow us to move forward with our ambitious programming goals.”

The Jim Toy Community Center is a resource center that exists to provide information, education, social events, and advocacy by and for the Queer and Ally community in the Washtenaw County area. The Jim Toy Community Center envisions an inclusive community where people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity are visible and live together in equality, respect and happiness. The Center welcomes all who support its mission to participate in its activities.

The Jim Toy Community Center is at 319 Braun Ct. in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown area. For more information about the Anti-Bullying Summit, contact Terry McGinn at tjmcginn@umich.edu. For more information about the challenge grant or the Jim Toy Community Center, contact Linda Lombardini at 734-216-6415 or Linda@TrilliumRealtors.com.

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