FAMILY WEEK 2016
July 23 – 30, 2016
Early Bird Registration: Register now!
Family Week is a week-long event where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) parented families grow together in Provincetown, MA. Through support and inspiration, families foster friendships and strategies on how to address the unique challenges that arise for LGBTQ families. We have found in over 20 years providing youth programming at Family Week, that regardless of your child’s interests, personality, or experiences, they will have a positive and powerful experience connecting with the COLAGE community at Family Week.
COLAGE offers daily programming at Family Week for youth entering 2nd-12th grade. COLAGE programs are thoughtfully developed for each age group balancing creativity with recreation, providing a safe environment to talk with other youth about challenges they face and ways to become empowered, while focusing on connecting your child with a network of peers that will be lifelong friends and support system. COLAGE also encourages parents to be involved through complementary programming we offer throughout the week. Sign up for our Family Week updates to learn more about parent and family activities.
Early Bird Registration for Family Week 2016 is now open!
See the draft schedule for Family Week 2016. Changes may occur.
On a budget? Check out our helpful Tips for Making Family Week More Affordable
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**Are you 18+ and have one or more LGBTQ parents? Apply by downloading the application Family Week Staff Application 2016. If you are a new to our staff team, you must submit two references as well with this template COLAGE Family Week Volunteer Reference Request 2016.
Questions? Please contact Robin Marquis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
COLAGEr space is very important because you get to express your inner self…One thing I learned this week that I will take back home with me is to not be ashamed!
—10 year-old participant
I think it’s important to educate kids about their families and show
them that they aren’t alone as kids with queer parents. I learned
that it’s important to take pride in your family and to stand up
for what you believe in.
—12 year-old participant
COLAGE is my family. I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
—16 year-old participant
Congratulations! COLAGE Family Week was a huge success! I also wanted to say thank you for your encouragement around bringing my daughter to Family Week. I did pull off her being there for the whole week and I am very grateful for your encouragement. She even participated in the panel-something I never dreamed she would do!
—Parent of a first time youth participant
Physical Accessibility- In Ptown, many buildings are one story, but there are few to no elevators in the few buildings that are more than one story, there are usually steps to enter buildings and little to no parking. COLAGE programming happens mainly in the High School that has an accessible first floor, drop off parking, and an elevator to get to the second floor (which must be accessed with the janitor’s key). COLAGE staff will help locate the key so that the elevator can be used. The stage in the auditorium has a set of 6 stairs with no handrail. We also have programming outside in various locations (beach with accessible ramp halfway down the sand), Motta field (series of stairs with handrail, dirt pathway at the north end of field) and Bas Relief Park (accessible). We try to have chairs at all or our events for both youth and parents to be able to sit down in. COLAGE staff is always willing to work with participants in any way to make all spaces more accessible and we can be very creative with any obstacles in our way!
Check out this article written in the Huffington Post about the week!
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