Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

BRAVE TRAILS

Los Angeles, CA

Mission

Transforming LGBTQ youth and families into leaders through summer camp and innovative programming.

Ruling Year

2015

Co-Executive Director

Jessica Weissbuch

Co-Executive Director

Kayla Weissbuch

Main Address

2717 S Roberston Blvd Suite C

Los Angeles, CA 90034 USA

Keywords

lgbtq. youth, families, gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, transgender, nonbinary, non-binary, gender fluid, camp, leadership, leaders

EIN

46-4530883

 Number

2852037449

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

(Lesbian/Gay Rights) (R26)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

LGBTQ youth aren't often taught the leadership skills they crave to fight for social justice, transform their community and find the power in their story and their voice.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of campers enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people,

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Since our first camp in 2015 ended, based on strong word of mouth, we have sold out our camp sessions every summer and have added additional weeks in order to accommodate additional LGBTQ youth.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

LGBTQ people

Related program

LGBTQ Youth Summer Camp

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Brave Trails aims to give LGBTQ youth a safe space where they learn that they are loved and valued; where they are free to express their true selves and explore issues of gender, sexuality and identity without judgment; where they learn about the history and culture of the LGBTQ community; and where they gain the leadership skills they need to fight for change in their personal communities, schools and cities.

We provide one and two week immersive leadership summer camp programs where LGBTQ youth from across the country and even the world experience a utopia of radical acceptance and empowerment. Campers are surrounded by like-minded peers in a close-knit community where judgments and bullying are outlawed and respect for all identities is the law of the land. Community members and LGBTQ organizations lead workshops designed to give youth education and training in the following areas: queer history and culture; social justice; tools for starting queer alliances in their schools; legal advice on LGBTQ rights in schools and the workplace; combatting bullying; self-love and mindfulness; safe sex education; and much more. Additionally, Brave Trails provides a year-round mentoring program between a camp youth and volunteer adult camp staff member who helps guide the camper on a journey of self-improvement, including a commitment to make a change in their community.

The executive leadership team has many years of experience working and volunteering for local LGBTQ youth organizations, including The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Lifeworks, The Trevor Project and more.

Brave Trails has research conducted using professionally designed and conducted camper surveys before and after camp to assess the change in camper attitudes and behavior. Results thus far have been highly encouraging, indicating statistically significant changes in camper resiliency amongst other factors.

Brave Trails hosted it's first leadership camp in 2015 with one week and 43 campers. In our 5th in 2019, we welcomed almost 300 campers for 6 weeks of camp in both California and Maryland, lovingly supported by over 75 volunteer staff. Additionally, we now host an annual Family Camp weekend for LGBTQ parents and their families, a mentorship program, monthly local meetups for LGBTQ youth and annual reunions.

External Reviews

Accreditations

American Camping Association 2017

Awards

Program Excellence Award 2017

American Camping Association

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Financials

BRAVE TRAILS

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

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Race & Ethnicity

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Gender Identity

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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