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GLSEN Phoenix Year-End Review 2014
It has been quite a remarkable year for us at GLSEN Phoenix. We could not have done it without you. As we get ready to ring in a New Year, let's celebrate some of 2014's biggest accomplishments.
- In January 2014, GLSEN Phoenix celebrated GLSEN’s annual No Name-Calling Week by hosting an in-house weekend training retreat that produced 25 volunteers who now work on our student organizing, professional development facilitation, policy reform and communication and outreach efforts.
- In February 2014, the GLSEN Phoenix board held a retreat to draft a new strategic plan that identified the need for new investments into capacity building including development and student organizing (see our exciting December 2014 announcement below).
- In March 2014, GLSEN Phoenix provided GLSEN National Day of Silence (DOS) planning resources to numerous schools, students or Gay/Straight Alliance student clubs to help them prepare for school-based GLSEN DOS activities that raise peer awareness about the need to create safe schools for all.
- In April 2014, GLSEN Phoenix co-sponsored an LGBT-friendly student prom night. DJ Tsunami played music for 60 high school students – who celebrated breaking the silence with tremendous shout into the night, and volunteers rode in a GLSEN “school bus” with student leaders at the annual Phoenix Pride parade.
- In May 2014, GLSEN Phoenix completed school-year outreach to 20 Gay/Straight Alliance Student Clubs, presented workshops on rural school climate and effective strategies for creating trans-inclusive schools at the annual It Gets Better conference in Tucson, and board member Madelaine Adelman participated in GLSEN’s annual National Board of Directors meeting.
- In June 2014, GLSEN Phoenix helped educate the school community about Why Marriage Matters to students and their families, and welcomed new board co-chair Addy Bareiss!
- In July 2014, GLSEN Phoenix volunteer trainers facilitated a Q-Training for youth staff from six high schools across the Valley at Teen Lifeline to help prepare youth/student volunteers to operate the Teen Lifeline crisis hotline, and be supportive allies to LGBT youth who use the hotline.
- In August 2014, in anticipation of the new school year, GLSEN Phoenix facilitated a Q-Training on thinking critically about their multiple identities for partner organization one-n-ten Tempe Group members from 15 schools across the Valley.
- In September 2014, GLSEN Phoenix distributed Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness Week resources to over 1200 students to help them foster an inclusive and supportive environment, which can help raise awareness about and prevent teen suicide. Activities took place at Tempe Marketplace and ten area high schools that GLSEN Phoenix will continue to support: Pinnacle, Carl Hayden, Desert Edge, Moon Valley, South Mountain, Tempe, Red Mountain, Cortez, Central, and Saguaro.
- In October 2014, GLSEN Phoenix board members and volunteers reached 200 students, families and educators at the annual Rainbows Festival, and celebrated the U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick’s ruling which confirmed that same-sex couples can now legally marry in Arizona.
- In November 2014, GLSEN Phoenix released GLSEN’s biennial Arizona State Snapshot from the National School Climate Survey. Data indicate that Arizona has improved in some areas but continues to lag behind national safe schools trends. These data inform our safe schools work with educators.
- In December 2014, GLSEN Phoenix appointed new program coordinators to lead our safe schools efforts. We proudly announce our new Development Coordinator Carol Tappenden, Education Coordinator Danny Hernandez and Student Organizing Coordinator Charlotte Mallis.