Subject: fyi: video, casting call, teen writers, recovery line, homeless youth, new youth groups
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 7/7/2011 10:16 AM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) U.S. Senate's "It Gets Better" video
(2) MTV casting call *
(3) Teen writers triumph over major publishers for prestigious AEP awards
(4) New 24-hour Washington (State) Recovery Help Line: 866-789-1511 (for help with substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health)
(5) Homeless Youth Count Results (21% identified as LGBTQ)
(6) New LGBTQQIA youth group in Burien (WA)
(7) New group for GBQQ Latino young men in Seattle
* NOTE OF CAUTION FROM SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION about media interviews (item 2 above): Coming out can be complicated; coming out on national TV may multiply the risks. Support systems, including family, can make a difference, but can't always provide enough protection. So while it is flattering to be interviewed by a reporter or author, we recommend exercising caution in responding to these (or any other) media requests. If you want to discuss the decision or problem-solve or even do a practice interview, the Safe Schools Coalition has made arrangements with Rashad Robinson of GLAAD (the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) so that you may contact him directly for that kind of support: <> or Phone: 212.629.3322 ext. 617 or Cell: 646.573.3949. Tell Rashad Safe Schools Coalition sent you to him.
(1) U.S. Senate's "It Gets Better" video
It's great. Show it to your classes, your student government organization, your student body, your GSA.
Go to:
(2) MTV casting call
Bunim-Murray Productions and MTV are seeking extraordinary people who appear to be between the ages of 16-24, who want to share their coming out stories. Whether you have already come out, or you want to come out, you can be part of a revolutionary TV special airing on National Coming Out Day (October 11).
-Do you have a particularly unique coming out story that you are willing to share?
-Do you hope to inspire others to gain confidence to come out as well?
-Are you tired of not being able to be completely honest about yourself with a relative or friend?
-Do you have someone in your life whom you have still not come out to and wish to involve in this special event?
-Who are you most scared to come out to? Why?
-Has there been a recent life incident that has inspired you to come out?
If you are interested in applying please go HERE:
(3) Teen writers triumph over major publishers for prestigious AEP awards
Competing against industry giants, Youth Communication's teen writers swept four top Distinguished Achievement Awards (for grades 9-12) in the annual competition for the country's best educational products, sponsored by the Association of Educational Publishers.
Our teen-written magazine, New Youth Connections, grabbed the top prize, "Periodical of the Year," besting the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and UpFront, the classroom magazine produced by Scholastic and The New York Times. New Youth Connections also won the award for "Best Series" for its December 2009-January 2010 issue, "War Torn." The issue included articles about siblings serving in the Middle East, the pros and cons of enlisting, PTSD, and the ongoing effects on immigrants of wars in their home countries.
The Summer 2010 issue of Represent, our national magazine written by and for teens in foster care, won the "Best One-Theme Issue" prize for its issue on teen pregnancy and teen parents in the system.
Real Men won the award for best curriculum in the "Life Skills and Character Education" category. The Real Men program includes an anthology of 35 nonfiction stories by young men about masculinity, and an extensive leader's guide. The program also includes a short film about one writer's journey from high school dropout to high school principal. Real Men features an introduction by Geoffrey Canada, CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone.
(4) New 24-hour Washington (State) Recovery Help Line: 866-789-1511 (for help with substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health)
Crisis Clinic is proud to announce our selection by Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to operate a new consolidated help line. Starting July 1st, Washington Recovery Help Line provides 24-hour support and referrals to substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health services in the state of Washington.
Teen Link, the statewide teen-answered help line, operates each evening between 6-10am. Trained teen volunteers are able to talk to other teens about a wide range of issues, including drugs, alcohol, depression and gambling and make referrals to service providers. The phone number is 866-TEENLINK and website is
Check out the new website <>, full of information on resources including how to find treatment providers, information for family or friends, downloadable brochures and links to other websites with information about drugs, alcohol, gambling and mental health, plus page for just for teens. The website also offers a career center page where behavioral health job seekers can post resumes and behavioral health agencies can post job announcements for free. Users will also find a link to colleges offering behavioral health training.
Service providers are encouraged to add the new WA Recovery Help Line telephone number to materials prepared for their clients, and to post information on bulletin boards to help us publicize this new service. Downloadable posters and advertisements are located on the website.
Crisis Clinic, established in 1964 as a non-profit organization, is one of the oldest crisis lines in the nation and is licensed as a Crisis Telephone Services Provider and a Chemical Dependency Provider by DSHS/DBHR. Additionally, Crisis Clinic is accredited by CONTACT USA, making it one of the leading crisis lines in the nation.
Questions about the program can be directed to Robyn Smith, MSW, CDP, WA Recovery Help Line Coordinator at 206-436-2982 or
866.789.1511 206.461.3219 (TTY)
Language interpretation available
(5) Homeless Youth Count Results (21% identified as LGBTQ)
On May 25th United Way of King County and a collaboration of multiple homeless youth providers from across the county orchestrated a synchronized event called “Count Us In.” The goal was to achieve a more accurate count of the number of homeless and unstably housed youth in King County, as well as to identify which resources they use and what services they need. The eight different partners, each running their own site with funding from Teen Feed, offered free meals and other community activities in order to draw in youth from the surrounding area. The youth were then asked to complete a survey, which assisted in identifying the number of homeless youth participating and the service gaps for youth in King County.
Of the 374 people who showed up to the various events across the county, 341 filled out a survey. 93% were within the targeted age range of 12-24 years old. 56% were male and 21% identified as LGBTQ. 56% identified as a racial minority, with 25% African-Americans, 13% Hispanics, and 10% selecting multiple ethnicities. 81% answered that they had been or are currently homeless. Of the people that said they had never been homeless or chose not to respond, 50% met United Way’s definition for being homeless or unstably housed within the last 3 months.
Please contact Derek Wentorf at United Way of King County for more information: 206.461.3700
(6) New LGBTQQIA youth group in Burien (WA)
Staff from Seattle Counseling Service and Navos have joined together to facilitate a queer youth group in Burien on Wednesdays, from 3-5pm. The group is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally youth and is a place for activism and support for students ages 13-18. For more information call Meg at (206) 326-9112 or Jenny at (206) 323-1768 or email
(7) New group for GBQQ Latino young men in Seattle
We are excited to inform you that Entre Hermanos is starting ˇYo Soy! : a youth group that seeks to provide a safe space for young gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning Latino men to discuss issues that intersect with culture, family, gender, health, religion, and sex. Our meetings will be taking place at Entre Hermanos' office.  Here are the details:
Entre Hermanos is a local Latino/a LGBTQ organization that aims to promote the health and well being of the LGBTQ and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support service, advocacy, and community building [ ].
WHO: Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Questioning Latino Men; Ages: 16-21.
WHAT: A safe space to meet other young Latinos and discuss issues pertaining to our community & FREE FOOD!
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2011; 6-8pm.
WHERE: Entre Hermanos; 1505 Broadway Ave, Seattle.
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