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SHINE Youth Leadership Program!

What is the SHINE Youth Leadership Team?

GLSEN Phoenix's SHINE Team is a group of student leaders working to create safe schools and communities. The team members will begin with a four-week Summer leadership development program aimed at preparing LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to lead their schools’ GSA or advocacy campaigns throughout the school year. The team will then meet regularly throughout the year to continue developing skills, forming a network of youth leaders, and organizing programs in the community that promote respect for LGBTQ+ students.

SHINE members must be committed to being inclusive and accountable, and must follow through on organizing responsibilities for the team. Each member must be open to learning and willing to examine their own privileges. SHINE leaders are dedicated to developing leadership and activism through community advocacy training, community project planning, project pitching and implementation, and working with other GSA students from across the Phoenix area.


To apply to join SHINE, please fill out and submit a copy of the application online. Applications are accepted March 1st through May 1st, 2019 and decisions will be made by May 10th, 2019. Applicants must be middle or high school students (Grades 6-12).


Fill out an application  today!