Policy and Advocacy

Quick Guide to Meeting Decision-makers

This guide will take you through the process of asking for a meeting with a decision-maker at your school or in your community to create positive change for LGBTQ students. With a little bit of work, you can get a lot done, and it’s your time to shine!

Young people create change. As active members of your communities, you carry an immense amount of power. Through organizing, mobilizing, and speaking up for what you believe is right, you can advocate for LGBTQ-inclusive policies and the wellbeing of all students at your school. Remember, school administrators, school board members, and elected officials don’t know what it’s like to be a student, and they may not understand the changes they need to make for safer schools. But by sharing your stories and outlining specific changes, we can get their attention and encourage them to act. We want you to… n Meet directly with administrators and decision-makers to teach them about the lives and needs of LGBTQ and allied students n Educate others about the experiences of LGBTQ students and how we can improve school climate to best suit our needs; or n Tell your stories at rallies, open mics, or online. We’re challenging you and hundreds of other youth leaders across the country to reach out to decisionmakers in your own community about the experience of LGBTQ students.