GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, is pleased to announce its sixth Student of Color Organizing
weekend to be held on January 16 - 19, 2009
in Atlanta, GA.
The Students of Color Organizing (SOCO) weekend is an important component of our student organizing work. This event, made possible by a generous grant from the Time Warner Foundation, will gather Middle and High School students of color from all over the country during the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend. The mission of this weekend is to provide networking and skills building opportunities to empower young people of color to organize and become engaged in safer schools work.
Throughout this weekend we will be providing students with an opportunity to: network with organizers from across the country, create action plans for organizing in their communities and begin looking at their work with an anti-oppression
Each student, representing diverse communities and from different parts of the country, will arrive at the retreat with an idea for a project which would combine safe schools organizing and communities of color and/or students of color. By the end of the weekend, each student will leave with a plan, using the new information, networks and skill-building from the SOCO conference to make their projects come to life!
You can apply online or use the downloadable application form for this powerful conference. GLSEN will cover all transportation, lodging and meals throughout the entire weekend. Students will be selected based on their community involvement, safe schools work, organizing background and their commitment to social change. High or Middle school students who would like to be considered to attend the summit should submit an application to us no later than November 17, 2008.
A complete application must include:
Applications are now closed.
A letter of reference/recommendation
Registration on www.studentorganizing.org
Availability during the weekend of January 16 - 19, 2009
We have a limited number of spaces available, so please apply soon!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 646-388-8071 or email at
Student Organizing Associate