advocacy, community, parenting, resources, youth
Tara: Can you tell us a little bit about the Rock and how you engage with the Rock and what the Rock does that’s helpful?
Jessica: Sure. Um, it is, it’s based out of Oakville, and they do uh, drop-in centres all around Halton. They have one at the school here, it’s kind of for a little older kids. A guy named Beckham runs that. And um, he’s uh, him and Marcus they work out of Oakville, and they, they do all the, the outside programs. And they’re also teaching a bunch of teenagers how to become advocates. So they’re showing up places that they can um, expose themselves to be you know, reasonable people despite being a little different. And um, they also have monthly meetings for uh, trans parents and their kids. So there’s really no age range. It’s just if you’re a parent or a kid.
Alex: It’s a big thing for Stella.
Jonathon: They’re also sort of how we got hooked up with Camp Ten Oaks.
Jessica: Yes, that’s right. They also run a camp.
Jessica: And Marcus is the director, and it’s for LGBTQ families. You don’t have to be any specific whatever, just as long as you.
Alex: Stella is over the moon about that.
Jessica: She’s crazy about it!
Alex: She’s actually going to be the first um, seven year old. Like the youngest child to ever go there.
Tara: Wow. That’s this coming summer?
Alex: Yeah, they changed the rules slightly for her. Because Marcus knows her and says “Oh this is perfect for her. This is what she needs. She’s ready.”
Jessica: So yeah, they have those, those programs. And I go there, and I talk to other parents. Like some people come in and it’s so fresh. And they’re like “What do I do?!” And all they want to do is just read everything that they can possibly read, and they just over do it. So yeah, It’s just going in, and empathizing. And releasing the children to do their own business. And it’s just amazing seeing like older trans kids who are like so confident and Stella can see that and enjoy them. And yeah, she will not miss it, or she will just… It’s like the one thing she must go to it! It is so important to her.