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Leaders for Inclusive Change

Request for Proposals


May 30, 2022


Pride and Joy Foundation is requesting proposals for a vendor to create a six-module virtual class to support adult leaders of Gay-Straight Alliance, Rainbow, and other Diversity Clubs.  Proposals will be gathered until July 1, 2022.  A decision will be made by July 15, 2022, and the project deadline is August 30.  The budget is $3,000. Funding is provided via a grant from Gamma Mu Foundation.


The mission of the Pride and Joy Foundation (PJF) is to reduce the rate of suicide and homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community by fostering allyship, advocacy, and creating opportunities to increase the visibility of LGBTQ+ people. 


We envision a world where all LGBTQ+ humans are heard, housed, and mentally healthy.

Studies show that when an LGBTQ+ child has a singular accepting adult in their life, their chances of attempting suicide decrease by 40%.  Additionally, we know that when LGBTQ+ youth have an affirming space, such as school, they are 35% less likely to attempt suicide. (Trevor Project research briefs)  Lastly, we know that when school communities include GSAs and other affirming groups, it significantly reduces the risk for depression and increases well-being among LGBTQ youth. (Toomey et al., 2011).


Leaders for Inclusive Change will empower the adults who are willing to mentor and hold space for LGBTQ+ youth.  The project stemmed from a request from our monthly Advocacy Support Group.  At that meeting, we received several requests to hold similar trainings to support the leaders of GSAs, Diversity Clubs, and faith-based community groups.  


Scope of work:  This project will be housed on PJF’s Kajabi website.  Access to a past course can be given to the selected vendor to assess the platform's capability.  Our hope is that each module and its subject matter will have:

  • A video component with captioning (recommended length 5-20 minutes)
  • Multiple reading and viewing recommendations, with direct links
  • An assignment to deepen learning
  • An assessment for the participant to assess what they learned
  • Optional downloadable resources
  • Expected time for a student to fully complete each module: 40-90 minutes


All of these are within the capability of the platform.  Uploading onto the website will not fall under the scope of the project.  The project will need to be housed in an online shareable system such as Dropbox or Google Drive.  


Creation of the ten-question impact survey will be developed in conjunction with PJF’s Executive Director, Elena Joy Thurston. Additionally, permanent usage rights will need to be granted to PJF.  However, it will be nontransferable and only within the non-profit scope.  

Proposal Requirements:


Please submit the application form, along with a link to an accompanying video, no longer than 5 minutes.  The form will collect:

  • Name and contact information
  • Organization 
  • Bio
  • Experience pertinent to the project
  • Suggested timeline of project completion with a final deadline of August 30, 2022.
  • An example outline of one of the modules
  • Two references and their contact information

The video needs to be a summary version of the video that would accompany the module.

The PJF Board of Directors will be responsible for selecting the vendor.  You can read more about the Board here.  The Board will be evaluating each proposal based on:

  • Depth of understanding of program goals and impact
  • Effectiveness of communicating ideas, both written and via video
  • Experience and effectiveness in creating online learning content
  • Referral confidence 

Any questions can be addressed to [email protected]


The deadline to submit is July 1, 2022.  Decisions will be made by July 15, 2022.  The completion deadline is August 30, 2022.  The budget is $3,000. 50% will be paid when the vendor agreement is signed and the remaining will be paid at the completion of the project.  Funding is provided via a grant from Gamma Mu Foundation.

The primary goal of the class is to increase the confidence and skills of adult leaders. The impact will be measured by a 10-question survey issued prior to and at the conclusion of the class.  We will assess participants’ confidence in leading youth in the core areas that will be covered. Our goal is to achieve an average of 80% increase in confidence in the adults to lead their affirming programs.



The virtual class will be based on this framework:


Week One: Creating a Safe Space - exploring what it means to create and hold a safe space for the LGBTQ+ youth community, with an optional “guidebook” for each module introduced.


Week Two: Vocabulary and History - a review of LGBTQ+ history, as well as the context of current vocabulary.  


Week Three: Deconstructing Internalized Homophobia - science-based methods to detect and break down unconscious bias, focusing on homophobia and transphobia.


Week Four: The Gender Discussion - gender identity issues, pronoun usage, and the science behind them.


Week Five: Intersectionality -  understanding how intersectionality affects our youth, including race, ability, and nationality. 


Week Six: Building Your Inclusive Network - resources to support your future work as an Inclusive Leader, as well as reflection, capturing of learning and transformation, and final survey.



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