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Join YouthPride!

If you're a young person ages 21 and under and looking to meet other youth, come to one of our YouthPride meetings. We meet the 1st Friday of every month. To learn more about YouthPride, click here

Volunteer with us!

We're always looking for individuals to help with mailings, outreach, and much more.

You can fill out a Volunteer Application HERE!

If you're interested in something more long term, like an internship or being on our board, feel free to send us an email to let us know how you might like to get involved. You can email us at

Join Our Board? 

Do you have a passion for safe schools? LGBTQ advocacy? Making learning spaces more welcoming for all students? This is the opportunity you've been looking for! We are seeking individuals who have demonstrated leadership in youth programming, community organizing, advocacy, and education. Board Members are the decision makers and ambassadors for creating safe schools throughout the Capital Region. We are a working Board of Directors and a 100% volunteer-led, non-profit organization. 

Applicants must:

  • Have experience with non-profit or board involvement
  • Be committed to the mission of creating safe schools for LGBTQ students
  • Attend monthly board meetings (alternating in-person in the Capital Region area and conference call)
  • Participate in committee work for implemention and sustainability
  • Reside in the New York Capital Region area
  • Pass a police background check

What do our chapter leaders do?

Student & Community Organizing | Our chapter leaders work with LGBTQ and ally K-12 students and Gay-Straight Alliances across the region to provide support for development, programming, and sustainability. Our youth programming is led by our Jump-Start Student Leadership Team, a group of energetic students who are leaders in their own schools and are committed to spreading the work of GLSEN. Our students and supporters engage in various activities throughout the year including Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, Ally Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, as well as other days of action and initiatives that support safe schools.

Policy & Advocacy | GLSEN's advocacy efforts occur on the macro level to influence state and federal laws, community ordinances, and local school board policies that create safer learning environments for LGBT youth. On the micro level, we frequently work directly with educators, counselors, school administrators, and other individuals to ensure the use of best practices for supporting LGBT students in schools and other institutions.

Education | Our chapter leaders can become certified by GLSEN's National Education Office to facilitate skill-building workshops and other educational and professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and other youth-serving individuals using the Safe Space curriculum and related programming. GLSEN's Safe Space campaign provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, including how to educate about anti-LGBT bias. 

Sustainability | GLSEN New York Capital Region is entirely volunteer driven! Board members and volunteers must strive to meet annual fundraising goals to support the work of the chapter. 100% of funds raised are directed back into services and programs that support students. Most importantly, our chapter leaders must develop and maintain meaningful and fulfilling relationships with a diverse network of community partners in order to sustain our capacity to serve LGBTQ students across the Capital Region!

Click HERE to access the online board application.

If you are interested in becoming a board member for GLSEN New York Capital Region, please complete the form at the link above. If you have questions, email us!

Attend an event!

Please see our events page to learn more about what's happening in the Capital Region through our chapter, click here

Get updates through our mailing list!

To join our mailing list, which will ensure that you are in the loop for upcoming GLSEN NYCR events, please email and include "mailing list" in your subject line.