Maven selected for HRC's Welcoming Schools training to focus on creating safe and welcoming schools for all children & families. - June 2018
Maven participated in the Broward Public Schools training for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program — the nation’s premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to welcome diverse families, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.
Maven joins 10 Days of Connection to create inclusive and welcoming environments - May 2018
Maven worked alongside Radical Partners and other community partners to develop a workshop and host toolkit to execute meaningful, inclusive, and inspirational connection experiences.
Let's Improvise: Building Soft Skills with Maven Patrick Rodriguez, Coach of
YAS - Miami's LGBTQIA+ Improv Team - June 2018
Maven's Patrick Rodriguez - Coach of YAS - Miami's LGBTQIA+ Improv Team hosted a session at Venture Cafe Thursdays for an improv workshop! This active workshop was geared towards professionals across all industries. Utilizing comedic improv and other performance exercises, Let’s Improvise challenged participant to develop professional soft skills that directly impacted their personal growth, all while having fun! This low risk/high fun environment challenged the participants to actively listen, collaborate, develop interpersonal skills, and engage with a positive attitude!
Maven's #NotMyReality @ Pioneer Winter Collective's Project LEAP - April 2018
Maven's joined Pioneer Winter Collective for the Leaders of Equality Through Arts and Performance (LEAP) Summit, the Collective's queer youth arts initiative. LEAP is a free weekend summit for LGBTQIA+ high schoolers and their youth allies. Maven showcased their #NotMyReality workshop to attendees. Topics included racial justice, local equality politics, health disparities, depression and mental health, and youth homelessness.
Maven facilitates QTPOC Leadership Summit with Out Boulder County - April 2018
Maven facilitated a three-day QTPOC Leadership Summit in Colorado which brought together 18 LGBTQ people of color from Boulder and Weld Counties. Our work focused on creating a community and helping participants turn concerns and interests into action plans. Graduates used their action plans to implement new and existing projects with the support of community business executives, public officials, and civic leaders who attended the final session.
Mavens at Creating Change Conference in Washington, D.C. - January 2018
Mavens attended the Creating Change Conference in Washington, D.C. to expand their network with over 4,000 queer activists, educators, and organizers. This served as an accelerator for our Mavens and allowed them to have greater exposure to resources not available in South Florida and dive deeper into specific interest areas identified in our program.
#NotMyReality at O Cinema Wynwood - November 2017
We are bombarded with constant images in popular culture that do not always mirror our reality as queer and trans people of color. How much of what we see in the media and the arts is representative of our true identity? Maven used iconic queer and trans moments in journalism, film, theater, pornography, music and other creative genres to break down the impact that these images have in shaping perceptions of our identity.
Whose Streets Screening & Panel Discussion at O Cinema Wynwood - August 2017
Our Story to Tell – reframing the pain of hate into the power of community. Maven partnered with O Cinema and The New Tropic for a screening of Whose Streets? – a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. After the film, attendees engaged with local leaders on how to move from outrage to activism, the impact national events have locally, and the importance of self-care in social justice work.
Panelists included Kezia Gilyard – LGBTQ+ Coordinator, Broward County Public Schools; Valencia Gunder – Founder, Make The Homeless Smile MIAMI; Meena Jagannath – Co-Founder, Community Justice Project and Melba Pearson – Deputy Director, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida. Moderated by Corey Davis – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Maven Leadership Collective
BinGAY at Venture Cafe #ThursdayGathering - July 2017
Say what!? The language of identity changes daily and it's tough to keep up. Maven Leadership Collective regularly hosts a fun game of bingo with a twist--it's gay! Through community dialogue attendees get comfortable with the language of the Queer community which helps you have better conversations and stronger connections at work, at home, and at play. Plus you can with fun prizes!
Queer and Trans POC Yoga - April 2017
Queer and Trans POC Yoga is an inclusive community class centering on queer and trans people of color and our allies that integrates Hatha Yoga, Reiki Healing, and poetry. Maven teamed with Agni Miami and Queer + Trans Yoga Miami to present this class in May 2017.
Maven Leadership Collective Launch Week - April 2017
Maven hosted free community events to celebrate our launch, including a screening of Moonlight, a panel discussion of gender and sexuality in the queer and trans Latinx community, and a tribute to Pulse victims featuring Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco. Our community partners, O Cinema, Colony Theater, The Betsy South-Beach, and O, Miami helped to make these events successful.