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Happy 6th Anniversary, Silver Linings!


On February 24th, 2012, a group of motivated young people came together to tackle bullying and suicide prevention for marginalised youth, after 16-year-old George Kazanjian tragically took his own life. George’s passing ignited a flame under these youths, a flame that burns even brighter today. We are incredibly honoured and proud to be here, six years later. From the introduction of our Safe Space sessions at the University of the West Indies in 2013, the development of parenting resources for…

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K(no)W HIV


On #WorldAIDSDay we stand in solidarity with persons who are living with HIV/AIDS in our nation, and around the world. The HIV/AIDS epidemic hit the Caribbean in the late ‘70s, and according to a UNAIDS/WHO report, the Caribbean was registered as the second-most affected region in the world by 2001, with an estimated 420,000 people – more than two percent of the adult population – living with HIV. While ambitious efforts have been launched to achieve the end of AIDS…

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Proud to “B” in the LGBT


Today, we celebrate Bisexual Visibility Day. First observed in 1999, September 23rd has since been marked around the world as a day of celebration for bisexual visibility and pride. It was the brainchild of Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur, three United States bisexual rights activists. People individually and collectively celebrate bisexual pride and awareness in many ways, including parties, flag-flying, workshops, film screenings and social cyber events. Bisexual men and women still continue to face stigmatization, prejudice…

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Show Your Colours – Celebrating IDAHOBIT


The freedom to be yourself is a very special right that everyone – indeed, everyone – is entitled to. Today, we celebrate that freedom to be yourself, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, faith, beliefs and gender or sexual identity. Today, we give everyone a real chance to flourish. Today, we embrace difference and say NO to any and all forms of discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Today, we celebrate the International Day Against…

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Finding an Equal Place – Model United Nations 2017


One of the flagship projects of the Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain (RCCPOS) is the annual hosting of the Model United Nations (MUN). This year, the 20th installment of the MUN was held on March 18-19 2017 at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and was attended by 120 students from  Trinidad, Tobago, Suriname, St Lucia, Guyana and Barbados. The mission of the MUN is to foster a constructive forum for young people to have open dialogue on complex global…

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Celebrating The Silver Lining Foundation’s 5th Anniversary


5 Years of Support, Education and Advocacy   Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Silver Lining Foundation (SLF). It’s hard for any of us to imagine that five years later we would be sitting here on this milestone that is our fifth year anniversary. But deeply motivated by a burning desire to seek social justice and impact change in the lives of kids who continue to be bullied by their peers on the sole basis off their sexuality, and…

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Film – A Safe Space


The Silver Lining Foundation presents A Safe Space (film). This film project from the youth led, youth oriented organization documents the harsh realities and inspiring testimonies from local and international families and individuals dealing with issues faced by the LGBTQ community. “A Safe Space” tells the story of the genesis and work of The Silver Lining Foundation. The Foundation’s raison d’être stems from the untimely death by suicide of a young 16 year old teenager. His mother, Katherine Kazanjian, relates…

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Generation Change


In October of 2013, The Silver Lining Foundation received international funding to launch a Caribbean youth LGBT movement. The aim of this movement was to assemble a coalition of young voices throughout the Caribbean calling on regional leaders to consign to their promises of equality for and inclusion of LGBT people in their countries. It is hoped that this initiative will beget a new generation of change in the region as young people become empowered to stand up and demand…

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Welcome


Welcome to the Silver Lining Foundation Officially registered as a non-profit organisation with the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago on October 10th, 2013. The Silver Lining Foundation is a youth led Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) acting to serve the interests of the youths of Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean region, as a whole. The organization primarily acts as a guardian body for marginalized youths seeking to prevent suicide and discrimination. The focus, while on bullying and discrimination, is…

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