At a recent rehearsal with a high school GSA, a parent of one of the students came into the theater and yelled at his son for being part of the group. After he left, there was a growing fear among the other members around the risks of being too visible and proud to their peers and parents. The uncertainty made many want to cancel the performance. Through an engaging, personal, and vulnerable conversation with One Voice singers who were bullied and targeted in school when they were younger, they felt understood. And more importantly supported. They decided to choose resilience over fear. Almost all of the GSA students showed up to participate in the concert. During the concert, students spoke about their experiences, performed songs they had written, and inspired a rousing applause from the audience for their courage and bravery.
After setting up a separate endowment, raising funds and inviting applicants from throughout Minnesota, Quatrefoil announced in 2019 that its first scholarship would go to University of Minnesota junior Luis Mendoza. Quatrefoil is thrilled to give its first annual scholarship to Luis,” says board member Paul Kaefer. “He represents exactly the kind of enthusiastic students we want to continue to engage: involved in the community and dedicated to making positive change.” Says Luis: “I applied because I was really interested in the organization and I like the idea of having it as one of my benefactors. It means a lot to me to get this. I’m from a low-income background, so I rely on scholarships. It’s great to get something from my own community. And Quatrefoil is a really good resource, aside from just the money.” Mendoza, a business major, says “a lot of organizations in the community lack access to business and marketing skills. I want to use my studies to help those people.” Quatrefoil looks forward to finding and helping another deserving and outstanding young person when it awards its second scholarship in 2020.