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Chapter Leadership

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! 

Want to become a GLSEN - NYCR Chapter Leader? Please email us at and let us know!