Subject: strictly fyi: WA, NY, Twitter
From: Nik <>
Date: 3/8/2012 9:31 AM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:


(1) Make it Better Now (March 14-May 23; Seattle, WA)

(2) Bullying & Suicide training & Train-the-Trainer Opportunity (March 14; Spokane, WA)

(3) Tacoma/Seattle/ South Sound - Israeli Leaders Convening - Panel and Dialogue (March 15; Tacoma, WA)

(4) Building a Gay/Straight Alliance (March 16; Seattle, WA)

(5) Bullying Prevention Twitter Live Chat (March 20; anywhere)

(6) Life Gets Better Conference (March 24; Syracuse, NY)

(7) Seattle/Puget Sound GSA Leadership Summit (March 31; Seattle ,WA)

(8) Breaking through Cultural Barriers: How Religion Impacts Systems (April 4; Renton, WA)

(9) Seattle Youth Town Hall (April 7; Seattle, WA)

(10) Power Of Hope Summer Camp Now Accepting Applications (Summer 2012; Seattle, WA)




(1) Make it Better Now (March 14-May 23; Seattle, WA)


Lots of adults say "it will get better, but what about right now? The goal of Make It Better Now is to help you develop and practice the skills necessary to do better NOW for no cost. Each week we will meet for about an hour and cover one topic. All you have to do to be a part of Make It Better Now is start coming to the groups! Anyone at Lambert House can participate (ages 11 to 22). You will get the most out of the group if you are willing to practice the skills outside of the group, but this is not required. Coming to Lambert House WEDNESDAY NIGHTS from 6:00-7:00 PM on March 14, March 28,

April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23. Lambert House is a substance free organization. Contact

Jordan at for more information!




(2) Bullying & Suicide training & Train-the-Trainer Opportunity (March 14; Spokane, WA)


The 3 hr. morning session, 8 a.m. 11 a.m., will be an open training on bullying and suicide prevention. Some of our objectives are: Learn more about what YOU can do to prevent and intervene in bullying & bias based harassment (as it pertains to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth) in your school, community organization, and family.;  Discover the links bullying experiences have with long term, negative mental health outcomes, including risk for depression and suicide.;  Learn the warning signs for suicide and the 3 early intervention steps of: Show You Care, Ask the Question, and Get Help

The 3 hr. afternoon session, 12 p.m. 3 p.m. will be reserved for those who are interested in becoming trainers for Safe from Bullies: Saving Lives. In the train-the-trainer session: get trained as a Safe from Bullies trainer and bring this important information back to your school or organization.

For more information: Heather Carter,, 206-297-5922 ext. 116

To register (space is limited) CLICK HERE

Date: Weds, March 14, 2012 8-11am, Part 1 lunch on your own, 12-3pm, Part 2

Place: NewESD 101 @ 4202 S. Regal St, Spokane, WA 99223




(3) Tacoma/Seattle/ South Sound - Israeli Leaders Convening - Panel and Dialogue (March 15; Tacoma, WA)


The Rainbow Center and Oasis Youth Center (Tacoma, WA) are excited to announce a convening with U.S. Pacific Northwest and Israeli LGBT leaders on Thursday, March 15, 2012. In this convening you will hear about the work of Israeli LGBT youth, family, and education organizations directly from the top leaders in the field, and engage in lively comparative discussion of the Pacific Northwest and Israeli contexts and the programs being deployed in the location.  This represents a unique opportunity for professional development and international learning and relationship building. Co-Presenters include leaders with A Wider Bridge, Hoshen, Israeli Gay Youth, Oasis Youth Center, Rainbow Center, and Tehila.  Co-Sponsors include Israeli Consulate General to the Pacific Northwest and Stand With Us Northwest.

Please bring your own brown bag lunch.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please contact Laura Brewer, Rainbow Center Administrator, at 253-383-2318  or  To RSVP, visit

Who:  LGBTQ and Allied Professionals

What: Tacoma/Seattle/ South Sound - Israeli Leaders Convening - Panel and Dialogue

When: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12-3 pm

Where: First United Methodist  621 Tacoma Ave., South, Tacoma, WA 98402




(4) Building a Gay/Straight Alliance  (March 16; Seattle, WA)


With gay marriage in the news spotlight, it's important that youth educators know how to support all young people equitably. All children and youth need to feel safe and accepted.  Join us and learn how to prepare for, and implement, a Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) in your community. In this workshop you will learn the following: How to assess your community for readiness; How to build community will; How to structure and start a GSA; and How to evaluate your work. Click here to register or contact Regina with any questions, or for more information.

When: Friday, March 16, 2012 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Lunch hour: 11:00 am Noon

Where: School's Out Washington 801 23rd Ave S, Suite A Seattle, WA 98144

Registration Fee: $40.00




(5) Bullying Prevention Twitter Live Chat (March 20; anywhere)


Bullying Prevention Twitter Live Chat, March 20, 2012, presented by HHS, ED, and the Anti-Defamation League Experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Educations Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will present a Twitter Live Chat on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm ET via Twitter.  Learn from experts about the importance of bullying prevention, the value of programs, policies, and practices based upon the best available evidence, and resources available to assist parents and schools in their prevention and intervention efforts. 

The main twitter feed to follow during the chat is #VetoViolence. 




(6) Life Gets Better Conference (March 24; Syracuse, NY)


The Life Gets Better Together conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth advocacy will take place on Saturday, March 24, on the Syracuse University campus in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Designed to empower participants in the fight against LGBTQ-based bullying, the conference will include a series of workshops and a keynote panel. It will conclude on Saturday evening with an a cappella concert in Hendricks Chapel to benefit The Trevor Project, with SU a cappella groups coming together for a musical celebration of all identities.

The workshops will be facilitated by University faculty, graduate and doctoral students, along with panelist members State Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, and communications expert and media activist Cathy Renna. Topics include the impact of digital technologies in LGBTQ activism, the unique social and political issues faced by trans people, reduction of stigma in schools, advocacy and therapy for LGBTQ youth, media advocacy and more. The afternoon panel will focus on representations of LGBTQ youth in politics and the media. Renna and O'Donnell will join associate professor and chair of the Newhouse School's Department of Public Relations Brenda Wrigley in this discussion.

The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is available online. The conference begins at 10 a.m. with complimentary breakfast and a networking session in the Newhouse 3 lobby. The first session of workshops kicks off at 11 a.m., with the conference schedule concluding at 5:50 p.m. Tickets are required for the 8 p.m. a cappella concert and can be purchased for $5 at the Schine Box Office in the Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine Student Center.

For more information, contact Deanna Payson at or 508-244-7579, or visit Participants can join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.




(7) Seattle/Puget Sound GSA Leadership Summit (March 31;  Seattle ,WA)


GLSEN Washington State will be having a Seattle/Puget Sound Regional Summit.  The tentative date is Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at Meadowbrook Community Center at 10517 35th Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA 98125 from 9 -2. As the final contracts are not signed, the date and location are still tentative. Please put it on your calendar. Regional conferences serve to help GSA groups network with each other, gain information, plan group activities, set goals, and encourage participation in activities that further our goal of safer school environments for all students. Student Sessions Include: Youth Suicide Prevention, What's in My Future?, LGBTQ Youth Activism, GLSEN Events/Days of Action (Including Day of Silence Training), Introduction to PFLAG, Queers in Hip Hop, Pizza Klatch, Self Defense Essentials!  To register,click here!!If you registered before, please re-register for this event. For More Information please email




(8) Breaking through Cultural Barriers: How Religion Impacts Systems (April 4; Renton, WA)

The one-day Uniting for Youth Training Institute will introduce attendees to local best practice models in systems integration, and why now, more than ever, it is important for child serving systems to work together to strengthen families. Individual workshops will offer in depth information on the roles, responsibilities, and services offered through Childrens Administration, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Juvenile Court/Detention/Probation, and Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration. The specialized break out sessions highlight programs and practices
within King County that promote collaborative and effective practice. Register HERE!!
Where: Puget Sound Educational Service District Blackriver Training & Conference Center @

800 Oakesdale Ave SW

Renton, WA 98057




(9) Seattle Youth Town Hall (April 7; Seattle, WA)


Each year the Seattle Youth Commission, hosts a city-wide Youth Town Hall specifically to connect teenagers to the Mayor and City Council.  This year the Youth Town Hall will be held on Saturday, April 7th at City Hall in the Bertha Knight Landes room (601 5th Ave, ground floor), and the Youth Commissioners will be joined by Mayor Mike McGinn, Council President Sally Clark, and Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tim Burgess.  This will be an excellent opportunity for the young people you work with to engage directly with the Citys elected officials.




(10) Power Of Hope Summer Camp Now Accepting Applications (Summer 2012; Seattle, WA)


Power of Hope is currently accepting applications for our 2012 summer camps. POH summer camp is a transformative, eight-day camp for kids who want to explore the arts and find greater self- awareness.  How You Can Help: -Pass out camp brochures to your youth-Invite us to speak to your youth-Invite us to do a demo of our programming for your youth-Connect us with your youth through phone or e-mail Please keep in mind that POH has scholarship opportunities for youth. For more infor reach POH at 206-938-6090 or





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