Introducing Outlet

santacruz322's picture

I am new to Oasis and just bopping around to see what it is like. I am the assistant director of Outlet, a queer youth program in Mountain View, CA. We have services such as in-person discussion groups, movie nights, counseling and HIV/AIDs education available for free for youth 13-20. So I thought it was important to have a face on this site. I am also excited just to see it here!! I will continue to check it out and add information and posts where I can.

I'm not quite sure where to put our service information, so I will figure that out later. For now, welcome to Outlet. It's nice to meet everyone!

Eileen Ross
Assistant Director, Outlet
www.projectoutlet.org

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Neutrina's picture

Hello, welcome!

Welcome to Oasis. Thanks for posting information about Outlet; it sounds interesting.

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santacruz322's picture

Hey, Thanks for the welcome!

Hey,
Thanks for the welcome! I am excited about being active here!
Eileen

Project Outlet
711 Church Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650-965-2020 x22
www.projectoutlet.org
outlet@chacmv.org

jeff's picture

Hmm...

Did you find Oasis on your own, or through some of the Outlet people I was chatting with and gave my personal business card to recently?

We don't really have a good home for resources yet. Best bet is to put all your details for Outlet in your profile, and include Mountain View so people can easily find you if they log on and search.

My experience is that the majority of our users exist where there are typically not offline resources (not including GSAs), so not sure of the overlap. That is pure speculation, though.

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santacruz322's picture

Hi, Actually, I heard about

Hi,

Actually, I heard about Oasis a couple different ways. One of our regular youth attendees is on here regularly, so she has mentioned it a bunch. Then we did an online survey with our youth in the area and one of the questions had to do with what websites they frequent and Oasis popped up enough for me to give it some attention for outreach purposes. So you have quite a few youth on here regularly I guess.

Have you heard of Outlet before too? I'm always curious how folks have come to hear about us. We have been around for 10 years, but we are a small program. 3 full time employees. But it's great to get the word out.

One thing I am becoming more aware of as I venture into online outreach, this is a new world for me... I want to make sure I don't mess with any TOS or rules of these social networking sites by outreaching to youth. Some of them seem very serious about "no advertising". But I take it as I'm not advertising because I'm not making money by talking about Outlet. Is it ok to outreach here? I would like to be a regular member and outreach to youth especially. While I look at many different sites and forums some of the feedback I see, although very well-intended, seems a little off. :) So I would like to put out our resources, help with out -of- area resources as well, and give feedback. I'm assuming that is ok, but while I have your ear I figured I would check in about that.

I think this is an excellent site!!

Eileen

Project Outlet
711 Church Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650-965-2020 x22
www.projectoutlet.org
outlet@chacmv.org

jeff's picture

Hmm...

Oasis is pretty loose (easy to tell if you read how I talk to the kids on here, heh), so as long as your a regular member, you can outreach without any worry. I just don't like people who only come on to post stuff and never interact, but you won't see much of that, since I deleted those accounts.

I heard of it mainly from my friend Geoff who lives in Mountain View, and I met a few other board members or somesuch at his birthday party a while back.

Our site has no age restrictions, outbound marketing of any kind (to make the no age restriction thing legal), or TOS (save for the one line at the bottom of the page). We try to golden rule it, and make people sort out their differences without having rules to point to, since that only leads to who's right and wrong. I rather a more holistic resolution process.

Nice to know the site has some locals reading. I sort of treat the site as an advice column, so while I seemingly respond verbosely to kids, I figure there are dozens more in the same boat who are just reading and not interacting on the site yet, so I try and cover all those bases.

There's a chance this site will become much, much bigger later this year, in which case your input would be very valuable. But I have to use my new gig to get debt-free before I start investing money into this stuff.

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santacruz322's picture

oh yea, are you talking

oh yea, are you talking about Geoff Huang? He's a great volunteer of ours! I love him. That's cool. I wish I had known about this sooner. It's the first site I have seen that's not totally overwhelming and very often obnoxious. I hope it can stay that way. Nice job.

I appreciate the way you write to the younger folks. I have a similar way with the teens - being real - I know they feel that and it goes a much longer way.

Also agree that probably many other folks are reading things and not writing yet. I see that happen in our group and in the classes we do, how certain concepts and ideas stick with the kids who didn't say a word. I can tell by the evaluations we do at the end. Anyway, it's good stuff.

Tell me about your advertising deal. I see the little "advertise on oasis" banners. How much is it to advertise? Would it be possible to put an Outlet ad on there? I don't know that we could afford it, or if that is the kind of ads you are thinking of. But let's talk about it anyway.

It will be nice to meet face to face at some point. I don't know if you have heard that our annual dinner is coming up next Thursday. It is from 5:30-9:30pm at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Seats are $125, but it's for a good cause. I don't know if Geoff hit you up yet or not, but figured I'd mention it. It's very fun, and Greg and Fernando are the emcee's again this year. We also have a youth performing spoken word and he is amazing!! And youth speakers. Anyway, might be a great time to talk up Oasis!

Have a great night.
Eileen

Project Outlet
711 Church Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650-965-2020 x22
www.projectoutlet.org
outlet@chacmv.org

gaynow's picture

Hey and welcome! Ah, if I

Hey and welcome! Ah, if I only lived on the west coast... but I think we've got plenty resources here too, so I'm okay... Out of curiosity, are you just using this site as it relates to advertising Outlet, or are you going to become a more regular member?

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santacruz322's picture

Hi! Go NYC! I actually grew

Hi!

Go NYC! I actually grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. I moved to CA in 2001. I plan on being as regular a member as possible. My main concern is to outreach to youth, especially in our area. But I do want to be able to be on the site and engage in the conversations. I know I have a lot to offer because I have been working with teens for YEARS, and I have been an lgbtqq activist for a long time too. So being enmeshed in educating others on lgbtq issues I have learned so much myself! I would love to be able to share that more. So, long answer to a short question! Short answer, yes, I do plan on being a regular member.

So, have you found resources near you in NYC?
Eileen

Project Outlet
711 Church Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650-965-2020 x22
www.projectoutlet.org
outlet@chacmv.org

gaynow's picture

Not all that many, but I

Not all that many, but I haven't been actively searching them out. I feel like I've found a lot more resources than I have because my school (my group of friends especially) is extremely open and accepting (and mostly queer themselves ^^ ) But there's always the Center, of course. Ah, it's a fun place... :D

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Graham: "Cheers make girls do stupid cartwheels. Orgasms make people feel good."
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santacruz322's picture

Right, there's not that many

Right, there's not that many I would say. What part of NYC are you in exactly? So you have been to the Center? I haven't ever been there. I also haven't been to, what it is, the Harvey Milk school I think it's called. Is that part of the center? I don't know. I just know that's a teens place.

Project Outlet
711 Church Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
650-965-2020 x22
www.projectoutlet.org
outlet@chacmv.org