Subject: strictly fyi: events in MA, Washington DC, CT, WA, and a webinar
From: Nik <>
Date: 1/25/2013 3:46 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends,

(1) GLBT Youth Support Project Regional Training (January 28; Springfield, MA)

(2) New Scenarios USA Webinar: Gender, Power and the Common Core: Using stories to promote safe and healthy teen relationships (February 3; webinar)

(3) GLSEN Safe Schools Advocacy Summit (March 2-5; Washington, D.C) 

(4) True Colors Conference (March 21-23; Storrs, CT)

(5) The White Privilege Conference (April 10-13; Seattle, WA)

(6) Gender Odyssey (August 1-4; Seattle, WA)

(1) GLBT Youth Support Project Regional Training (January 28; Springfield, MA)

The GLBT Youth Support Project will be headed out to Springfield on January 28thto give a free training - open to 30 participants, so register soon! These trainings are made possible through the MA Department of Public Health Safe Spaces for GLBT Youth Program.

Springfield Area Regional Training:
Monday, January 28, 2013

9:00 am: Coffee and breakfast snacks
9:30 am12:30 pm: GLBTQ Youth 101: Reducing Risk and Supporting Resiliency
1:30 pm4:30 pm: GLBTQ Youth 202: Skills for Supporting Youth
(101 is a prerequisite for afternoon training)

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
60 Congress St.
Springfield, MA
Download a flyer to share
Email glys@healthimperatives.orgto register  


(2) New Scenarios USA Webinar: Gender, Power and the Common Core: Using stories to promote safe and healthy teen relationships (February 3; webinar)

February 2013 is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Join 3 national organizations, Healthy Teen Network, Futures Without Violence and Scenarios USA, for a webinar on Monday, February 4th at 4:00 pm EST to learn about teen dating violence (and sexual assault) awareness and prevention. Explore a wide range of resources that will engage your youth in discussing, researching, thinking critically and writing about these issues. Learn about the special youth video contest we're running too!Click here for more information and to register. 


(3) GLSEN Safe Schools Advocacy Summit (March 2-5; Washington, D.C)  

Do you want to help create safe schools across the nation? Do you want to learn how to be an effective advocate for the issues you care about? Then you should apply for the Safe Schools Advocacy Summit (SSAS) today! For selected participants, SSAS is a completely free annual four-day advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. for students and non-students alike. SSAS will be held March 2nd-5th, 2013. Participants learn about issues surrounding bullying and harassment as well as current efforts to address the problem. Participants also learn about effective advocacy strategy. After learning how to advocate, attendees spend the final day of the program visiting with their Members of Congress to share their stories and press for key pieces of federal legislation to address bullying and harassment. Participants remain connected with GLSEN after the event and participate in ongoing policy actions throughout the year.

SSAS participants are chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants with increased consideration given to applicants from key legislative districts or states; however, regardless of where you live, anyone interested in the conference is encouraged to apply. GLSEN covers the entire cost of the conference, including participants travel, accommodation, and meals.

Applications to SSAS must be received by 12:00 noon on January 28, 2013

The conference is completely free for all selected participants and will take place March 2nd-5th, 2013. Click here to apply!


(4) True Colors Conference (March 21-23; Storrs, CT)

In case you haven't heard, True Colors is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. On Thursday, March 21, 2013, we are offering a Best Practices Institute for Professionals only. This year's Opening Plenary will be presented by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, entitled: An Evidenced Based Model of Wellness, Prevention and Care for LGBT Children and Adolescents. The afternoon workshop sessions offer 8 choices. On Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 2013, the conference is open to everyone and offers an enormous variety of workshops (over 200 selections). For some teens, this is the first opportunity that they have to meet other gay kids and finally realize that they are not alone. This conference is for and about youth and the workshops are geared toward assisting these adolescents with questions surrounding their LGBTQI issues. We also have numerous workshops specifically designed for child care professionals, counselors, social workers, clinicians and teachers. These workshops provide an opportunity to network and collaborate on new projects and see how other states are successfully implementing LGBT friendly programs, or how they are keeping all their students safe. For more information click here.


(5) The White Privilege Conference (April 10-13; Seattle, WA)

The WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. This years theme is The Color of Money: Reclaiming our Humanity. 

More information:



(6) Gender Odyssey (August 1-4; Seattle, WA)

Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender non-conforming people. Packed with thought-provoking workshops, discussion groups, social events and entertainment, this one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of skill sharing and community in Seattle, USA. For more information and to register click here.


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