Padrino Project Description
(graduates of the VIP Mentoring Program who are trans or nonbinary may apply)
A padrino is a positive role model and mentor who supports and inspires a young person through their life journey and guides them to a productive future. The Padrino Project provides a platform for trans and nonbinary youth and visionaries to empower themselves to find their purpose and use their voice to speak for the voiceless.
The Padrino Project is a leadership development program for trans and nonbinary students ages 17-18 who seek to continue the process of the VIP mentoring program through a LGBTQ+ lens. Supports (and challenges) are different for trans and nonbinary teens and we want to make sure they have an extra boost of self-esteem before they enter their 20s. One way is by letting them express themselves accurately through their clothing.
Qualifying students receive a custom-tailored suit called a “Power Suit” which includes shirts, shoes, socks, ties/bow ties and a full TRANSformation makeover.
The Padrino Project mentors are from the LGBTQ+ community or LGBTQ+ accepting and an ally to the community.
- Between the ages of 17-18
- Good Grades (A & B)
- Trans or Nonbinary
- Have Participated in the VIP Mentoring Program
- Must …
- live in Long Beach
- be able to commit for one year
- be able to meet once a week
- be on time for meetings
- be responsible
- demonstrate leadership qualities
- work well with others regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation