Alix Smith is one of the finalists in Pepsi’s Refresh Everything Campaign. How would she use the grand prize of $250,000? She wants to create a photo exhibit that will encourage positive identity formation in gay & lesbian youth. To achieve this goal, she will also create a blog, design workshops, create pamphlets, and give lectures in order to combat homophobia and help create a more positive image of LGBT families in the US. She is in 71st place, but is steadily climbing. Show your support for her here, it takes only a few seconds to sign up.
Here is how Smith describes the project:
Lesbian/Gay youth who have been abandoned by their family are nine times more likely to attempt suicide because of feelings of isolation. A Pepsi Grant would fund the educational youth component of States of Union. States of Union is a multi-dimensional project that focuses on gay & lesbian couples/families. In depicting healthy and stable family life within the gay community, State of Union will help combat the high rate of suicides among gay youth. Through traveling exhibitions, educational workshops and an interactive community blog, the youth component of States of Union will encourage positive identity formation. Your grant will fund the technical development of a website where gay youth can find information about national/community resources, pose questions, and share stories about their coming-out experiences. It will also fund the execution of the traveling educational and exhibition program.