SVPC Safe Space Program
The SVPC Safe Space Program allows LGBTQIA+ and Ally business owners to register with Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations as an official Safe Space that will welcome and respect those within the LGBTQIA+ community.
Business owners can sign a Safe Space Pledge that outlines what it means to be a Safe Space to our community. In turn, they will receive an SVPC Safe Space Sticker to post in their windows to signify their dedication to equality.
To launch this new program, Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations is hosting an LGBTQIA+ Progress Brunch on August 27th, 2023 to bring LGBTQIA+ and Ally business owners together at the well established queer-owned business, Toro Place Cafe!
PRIDE IN OUR PARKS
Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations partners with the California Parks Department and the Cal Parks Foundation to host "Pride in Our Parks," an LGBTQIA+ and Ally Volunteer Day.
In past events, we have spread seeds through various parks as well as pulled invasive plants from the dunes of Fort Ord which threaten our native plants and animals.
Sign up for our email list and follow us on Facebook for upcoming volunteer dates!
Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations
2023 LGBTQIA + Scholarship Program
In 2023, SVPC will be awarding four $2000 scholarships!
Application Due Date:
May 31st, 2023
[Applications are currently in deliberation. Winners to be announced soon!]
Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations is proud to offer the only LGBTQ+ focused scholarship in Monterey County.
This scholarship is designed to honor LGBTQIA+ students and allies who embody Salinas Valley Pride Celebration's mission to create community and increase LGBT acceptance.
LGBTQ+ student or Ally planning on pursing secondary education in 2023.
Completed SVPC Scholarship application form
(2) Letters of recommendation from an educator, employer or community leader
Personal Written Statement of 500 to 800 words describing how the applicant personally represents the Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations' mission
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Progress Flag Raising Initiatives
We at SVPC believe that, particularly in today's political climate, representation is incredibly important. That is why Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations works with government officials to raise the Progress Flag all across Monterey County from the peninsula all the way to South County.
This may seem like an easy task to those in certain areas of the Monterey Bay, but our community still experiences a great deal of public backlash, hate mail, and angry protesters who do not understand how important the LGBTQIA+ Progress Flag means to those who may be closeted or afraid to live their true identities.