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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
2019 MOE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

We would like to congratulate all of the youth who received scholarships as part of our annual Models of Excellence Scholarship Competition.

The Models of Excellence Scholarship ceremony was held on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Eden Garden Bar & Grill in Pasadena and was attended by the scholarship recipients and their guests, Scholarship Sponsors, Project 10 Millennium Trustees and local community leaders.

Our Models of Excellence Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Southern California youth who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of civil rights in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Click here to view the Scholarship Ceremony photos!
Click here to download our Program!

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DR. VIRGINIA URIBE CELEBRATION OF LIFE

If you missed our memorable and touching Celebration of Life for Dr. Virginia Uribe on June 1st, here is your opportunity to see what this special afternoon was all about. We have put together a special page filled with photos, videos, and more . Click here to view it.

 

 

 

SUMMER 2019 UPDATE NOW AVAILABLE

The Summer 2019 edition of our Newsletter is here! In this edition: A recap on our recent Celebration of Life for Dr. Virginia Uribe, information on our 2019 Come to the Party even, MOE details and more! Click here to download your copy.

Remember, you can always visit our Newsletter Archives Page to access previous editions.

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ONLINE TRIBUTE BY THE LAVENDER EFFECT
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IN THE LIFE, COMFORT IN CRISIS
FROM THE UCLA ARCHIVES

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CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE AJOURNS IN MEMORY OF DR. VIRGINIA URIBE

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VIRGINIA URIBE, EDUCATOR

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2013 FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL AWARDS

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DR. VIRGINIA URIBE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Dr. Virginia Uribe, founded Project 10 and Friends of Project 10 Inc., the nation's first school drop-out prevention programs for LGBTQ students. Project 10 set the model across the nation for creating safe schools for all students, and it established itself as the "launching pad" for organizations such as GLSEN and GSAs.

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FRIENDS OF PROJECT 10 INC. ANNOUNCES THE PASSING OF ITS FOUNDER
AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DR. VIRGINIA URIBE

Special Announcement

Friends of Project 10 Inc. announces the passing of its Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Virginia Uribe. Below is a link to a news article from the Los Angeles Blade as well as a tribute we are posting from our organization.

Los Angeles Blade Article March 31, 2019

MARILYN VIRGINIA URIBE
1933 -- 2019

"Every young person has a right to a sense of self-respect and dignity. In public education we serve the needs of all our students. Some are gay and lesbian, and we need to serve them, too. We're supposed to be teaching them to live in an increasingly diverse society. This shouldn't be a place where prejudice is fostered. It's where discrimination should be fought."- Dr. Virginia Uribe, Founder, Project 10

Born into an Italian immigrant family, Virginia grew up with a set of core values that shaped her destiny. Ingrained in her were the principles of “Liberty and justice for all!” “Provide a voice for those who have no voice.” “Serve the underserved.” These principles helped to shape her core values in all areas of her life.

Virginia served as a science teacher and college counselor at Fairfax High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for 42 years. Dr. Uribe's interest in the issues faced by LGBT youth in schools began while doing research for her Ph.D. in psychology. In 1984, an openly gay student at the school had dropped out after he was continually harassed by fellow students. Further investigation showed that the student had been kicked out of his home at age 14 after telling his parents he was gay. Fairfax was the fourth high school he had left after sexual harassment proved too much for him.

This incident served as the catalyst for Dr. Uribe who then spent months putting together counseling advice from experts that subsequently formed the foundation of what is now Project 10 (the name comes from the Kinsey sex research theory that 10% of the population is gay).

Almost immediately after its inception, the Traditional Values Coalition headed by Rev. Louis Sheldon, attacked Project 10 and Dr. Uribe through the media, through the State Assembly Education Committee which threatened to stop all funds coming to the LAUSD, and through phone calls registering displeasure from Sen. Jesse Helm’s office in Washington, D.C. After a daylong hearing in June 1988, at which the school board refused to disband the Project 10 program, threats from the state legislature failed to materialize. Although initially unprepared for the attacks, Dr. Uribe soon found herself transformed into a formidable and vocal human rights activist.

The nonprofit arm, Friends of Project 10 Inc., was established in 1986. The nonprofit sponsored the nation’s first LGBT Youth Prom, the Models of Excellence scholarship program, and the annual Models of Pride conference. The Project 10 program served as a launch pad for what was to become Gay-Straight Alliances, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, the True Colors conference, and many school-based support programs throughout the nation.

Friends of Project 10 Inc. sent students to Sacramento for 4 years to lobby for a bill that ultimately became known as the “California Violence Prevention Act, 2000,” that prohibits discrimination and harassment in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Virginia gave voice at the height of the HIV-AIDs epidemic that was considered to be the “Holocaust” of the gay men’s community.

As with most teachers, Virginia gave much more of herself than she took from the world. Although we feel the pain of her absence, we are far richer and wiser for having the privilege of knowing and loving her.

Always the consummate educator, using unconditional love, honesty, and self-empowerment as her primer, Virginia guided her children and grandchildren through countless life struggles and onto ultimate self-mastery and authenticity.

Her unswerving support during her daughter's battle with addiction led to the triumph of lasting recovery. Virginia's love of the arts opened the door for her son's passion as a percussionist, his love of food, and a shared love of sport, especially Laker basketball. It also led her granddaughter to peruse a career as a hair and nail stylist. She lovingly supported her grandson, rejoicing as he took his place in America's workforce and in becoming a self-supporting adult.

Virginia wrote a series of “Reflections” on which she shared her best memories of her life. The fact that she was Italian was a huge influence on her loyalty to family.

Family to her was not just immediate family, but a broader inclusion of worldwide family.  She wanted all children to be safe in their environment, and her life’s work was a testament to that.  Her distain for bullies, both adults and children was intense. She offered a safe haven from bullies and pushed for equality for all.

She loved to travel the world and did visit all seven continents. In her years with her spouse, Gail Rolf, they travelled 44 times to locations around the world.  Her unique travel experiences and her love of the finest food gave us all wonderful memories that she shared with us.

Virginia received honors from the National Education Association, Lambda Legal, Gay Alliance Against Defamation, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, LA LGBT Center, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, Christopher Street West, and numerous other organizations. Her proudest moment occurred when she was designated as a finalist for President Obama’s Presidential Citizens Medal.

Virginia is survived by her spouse, Gail Rolf, her sister, Diana Engler, her daughter, Katherine Uribe, her son, Mark Uribe, her grandson, Richard Nichols, and her granddaughter, Sairee Garcia, and cousins and nephews.

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DR. VIRGINIA URIBE, THE PIONEER!

Friends of Project 10 Inc. is proud to announce that a number of media outlets and LGBT nonprofits have recognized the work of Dr. Virginia Uribe, who founded the Project 10 program for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1984, and later, Friends of Project 10 Inc. in 1986.

It was a time when LGBT students were considered "throwaway students," and they were treated as objects of hate and bigotry by not only their peers, but by the educational institutions that were there to serve them.

The Project 10 program and Friends of Project 10 Inc. were the first of their type in the world to address the issues of institutionalized homophobia in education, and to provide support and outreach to this very underserved student population.

We thank the various organizations for their recognition.

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Friends of Project 10 Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible unless otherwise noted. Tax ID # 95-4080446.