Subject: fyi: HELP NEEDED, resources for teachers (film, crisis line) & EVENTS in CA, ID, online
From: "Reis, Beth" <Beth.Reis@kingcounty.gov>
Date: 5:18 PM
To: NEWS@safeschoolscoalition.org

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
 
HELP NEEDED:
(1) KING COUNTY FOLKS: SEAMEC, Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee (which evaluates candidates for, among other offices, SCHOOL BOARDS) seeks volunteers!!!
 
RESOURCES:
(2) FILM: 3 Girls I Know, explores teen decision-making through he lives of three young women - great for classroom use
(3) PHONE LINE: New WA State Recovery Help Line
 
EVENTS:
(4) No More Bullying! Northeast Los Angeles Pride (Aug 14; Los Angeles, CA)
(5) Idaho Safe Schools Coalition Meeting (Aug 9; Boise, ID)
(6) Webinar: Whole School Change through Restorative Practices (Sept 12; online)
(7) Webinar: Responding to Bullying with Restorative Practices (Dec 16; online)   
 
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(1) KING COUNTY FOLKS: SEAMEC, Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee (which evaluates candidates for, among other offices, SCHOOL BOARDS) seeks volunteers!!!
 
At the request of the Safe Schools Coalition, SEAMEC started some years ago interviewing school board candidates from various King County school districts, not just Seattle Public Schools. But that is costly, in terms of volunteer time. They need the support of the education community. That means YOU … including students, parents and school employees as well as LGBTQ adults who want schools to be better for today's students than they were for them.
 
"It is a rewarding, fascinating process to be a part of. I have done it for a number of years. I'd urge you to consider it." -- Beth Reis, Co-Chair, Safe Schools Coalition
 
 
SEAMEC
Evaluating Candidates for Public Office Since 1977!!
BOARD MEMBERS WANTED!!!
PLEASE ATTEND OUR ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEETING: 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM, SATURDAY AUGUST 6th,
CAPITOL HILL LIBRARY
425 Harvard Ave E., Seattle, WA. 98102
(Free Parking is available in the basement garage.)
 
Currently there are Nine vacant SEAMEC Board Positions available which may be filled at this meeting.
 
SEAMEC is actively seeking interested community members who would like to serve on our board as well as others interested in sitting on candidate interview evaluation panels, conducting candidate research, engaging in online networking, or becoming involved in any aspect of our process.
 
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY, JUST HAVE AN INTEREST IN GOOD GOVERNMENT AND THE OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS AND BE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING THE ADVANCEMENT OF LBGT RIGHTS.
 
SEAMEC is a grass roots independent non-partisan LGBT community organization which interviews, evaluates and publishes widely distributed ratings of candidates running for public office who appear on the ballot in King County.
 
We greatly need the input and participation of our community now more than ever as SEAMEC faces new challenges. We will be discussing our need to re-evaluate our operational structure and revise our evaluation process in light of the technological changes impacting campaigns and elections in the 21st Century.
 
SEAMEC is an open community organization which serves the LGBT Community by working to increase the level of political awareness among citizens and to enhance the influence and impact of our community upon elections.  www.seamec.org
 
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(2) FILM: 3 Girls I Know, explores teen decision-making through he lives of three young women - great for classroom use
 
Maggie, Ari and Tishaun, three teenagers from Montana, San Francisco and Baltimore- find their lives abruptly altered by the impact of sexual decisions. This poignant documentary follows these young women from varied ethnic backgrounds through explorations of sexuality, relationships, and HIV/AIDS. Frankly discussing their fears, their sexual identities, and the consequences of their choicesamong them, pregnancy, coming out  and testing HIV-positivethe girls promote personal responsibility and the need for greater sex education and AIDS awareness.
 
STUDY GUIDE
This guide is targeted to educators and written to offer viewing ideas and suggestions that can work with the structure of the film. Ideally, It can be used in classrooms with youth groups, community and public health organizations, adolescent outreach and counseling/peer programs, university health organizations, freshman orientation programs and by parents who wish to view the film with their own adolescent children.
 
This film may be shown in its entirety or shown in chapters that are structured into the film. Although the entire film (54 minutes) follows the three girls from junior high into their late teens, each chapter is organized around specific issues they encounter and can be used on its own. In this guide, issues and questions for discussion are presented chapter-by-chapter.
 
More information: www.3girlsiknow.com
 
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(3) PHONE LINE: New WA State Recovery Help Line
 
Have you heard the news? As of July 1, Crisis Clinic's Washington Recovery Help Line is offering 24-Hour support for people dealing with substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health issues, and providing referrals to treatment and support services. This new statewide help line is operated by Crisis Clinic and funded by the Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.
 
Crisis Clinic is in an excellent position to extend our service statewide. Since 1964 we've operated 24/7/365 and have more than 160 trained volunteer phone workers answering calls from people in emotional distress and needing linkage to local services.
 
Additionally, our Crisis Line is supervised by state qualified Mental Health Professionals to ensure a professional response. Over the years, we have answered thousands of calls from people struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems so are uniquely qualified to respond compassionately.
 
If you have any questions about the new WA Recovery Help Line, please don't hesitate to contact me at 206-436-2980 or ksouthwick@crisisclinic.org.
 
Kathleen Southwick
Executive Director, Crisis Clinic
 
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(4) No More Bullying! Northeast Los Angeles Pride (Aug 14; Los Angeles, CA)
 
2 to 5 pm  
Eagle Rock Plaza
2700 Colorado Blvd      Los Angeles 90041  
At the 2 and 134 freeways    Free admission and free parking
Bus Routes: 180, 181, 81 and 84 service the Plaza
All are welcomed!
Free Event 
 
Click to download a flyer: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101719597737-92/Blvd+Sentinel+Pride+Ad+11-1.pdf
 
"No More Bullying" is the theme of Northeast Los Angeles Pride Day at Eagle Rock Plaza on August 14, 2011. Sponsored by Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance ( www.UGLA.org ), the three hour event will feature speakers, videos and information tables aimed at spotlighting and educating the public on stopping bullying. The event is free and will take place at the Plaza's east-end, upper level, entrance/exit area to Target. All are invited.
 
Featured guests will be Virginia Uribe and Gail Rolf of Friends of Project 10, founders of the Los Angeles Unified School District program to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for LGBT youths in schools; James Gilliam of the ACLU of Southern California; California Assemblymember Anthony Portantino, Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar.
 
According to Pride Day chair Carl Matthes, "The purpose of NELA Pride Day is to help educate the public on teen and pre-teen bullying. Bullying is a form of intimidation or domination toward someone who is perceived as being weaker or 'different.' Through some type of coercion or force, the bully desires superiority/domination over their victim. Bullying happens with attempts at physical abuse, verbal or emotional intimidation and occurs in school, the neighborhood, through e-mail, in chatrooms, via text messaging and on Facebook. The aim of bullying is to promote self-hate, fear, guilt, embarrassment and humiliation."
 
The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:
1. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.
2. A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.
3. According to ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.
 
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(5) Idaho Safe Schools Coalition Meeting (Aug 9; Boise, ID)
 
The Idaho Safe Schools Coalition's monthly meeting is on Tuesday, August 9th at 6 pm at The Community Center (click here for map).
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Let us know if you would like a topic to be included on the agenda for Tuesday. We hope to see you there!
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Krista Perry & Elizabeth Morgan | Co-Chairs
Idaho Safe Schools Coalition
P.O. Box 6650
Boise, ID 83707
www.IdahoSSC.com
 
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(6) Webinar: Whole School Change through Restorative Practices (Sept 12; online)
 
3:00 PM, Eastern 
Audience: administrators
"A 90-minute webinar overview of the SaferSanerSchools program, an effective way to achieve lasting whole-school culture change"
To register or for more information: contact the International Institute for Restorative Practices: 610-807-9221, <terriczonstka@iirp.org> Website: http://www.iirp.org
 
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(7) Webinar: Responding to Bullying with Restorative Practices (Dec 16; online)   
 
4:00 PM, Eastern
Audience: Administrators
"A 90-minute webinar about responding effectively and consistently to bullying using restorative practices"
To register or for more information: contact the International Institute for Restorative Practices: 610-807-9221, <terriczonstka@iirp.org> Website: http://www.iirp.org
 
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