Subject: strictly fyi: mini-grants, remembering our dead, contests re: bullying & respect, teen pregnancy, celebrating LGBT icons & heroes, lesson plan book
From: "Reis, Beth" <Beth.Reis@kingcounty.gov>
Date: 9/25/2012 12:00 PM
To: NEWS@safeschoolscoalition.org

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:

 

(1) Oregon GSAs are now eligible for mini-grants

(2) Planning to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20) to memorialize those who've been killed due to transphobic violence? Post your plans.

(3) Youth make films about creative responses to bullying … enter the Stop Bullying Video Challenge … deadline Oct 14

(4) Who would you like to thank for teaching you respect? Enter a video or essay in THE RESPECT CHALLENGE … deadline Oct 12

(5) new report: "With One Voice 2012: America's Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy"

(6) Got plans to celebrate October as National LGBT History Month? Download free stuff. Register as a collaborating organization!!

(7) new book: "Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers"

 

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(1) Oregon GSAs are now eligible for mini-grants

 

PFLAG Portland, PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, and Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition announce their 2012 Youth Mini-Grant Program.

This program funds small projects sponsored by Gay/Straight Alliances or other nonprofit, youth oriented organizations.

General Eligibility Requirements:

•           The project must be planned, directed and implemented by youth.

•           GSA's must have a school or organization sponsor to receive funds. Sponsors may include a school's student fund or Parent/Teacher Organizations with non-profit status.

•           The organization must operate in the tri-county region of Portland, limited to Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties. Preference will be given to projects in Portland.

•           Projects must be completed during the school year for which funds are sought. Funds awarded for the 2011/2012 grant cycle must be used during the 2011/2012 school year.

•           Upon completion the project will submit a Grant Evaluation form.

 

Grant Awards:

PFLAG Portland and OSSCC seek to fund small projects. Mini-grants will be limited to $250.00 per organization per year.

 

Approval Process:

A selection committee composed of OSSCC and PFLAG will review mini-grant applications each month at the PFLAG Portland Board of Directors meeting on the 4th Tuesday of each month. Organizations will be notified of the approval or denial of an application within 5 business days of the Board of Directors meeting.

 

Application:

Download, complete, and mail the application form at http://pflagpdx.org/wordpress/?p=1877 and mail it to the address specified therein.

 

For Questions or More Information:

Call or e-mail PFLAG or OSSCC

PFLAG pflagpdx@gmail.com or 503-232-7676

OSSCC info@oregonsafeschools.org or 503-984-4865

 

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(2) Planning to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20) to memorialize those who've been killed due to transphobic violence? Post your plans.

 

Worldwide in 2011, there were 248 people (including 14 in North America) murdered in gender-expression-related hate crimes. See: http://www.transrespect-transphobia.org/en_US/tvt-project/tmm-results/march-2012.htm

 

If your school has plans to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance, please consider posting your event on Transgender Day of Remembrance' FB page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/transdayofremembrance/posts/354714127945665

 

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(3) Youth make films about creative responses to bullying … enter the Stop Bullying Video Challenge … deadline Oct 14

 

Many kids witness bullying every day – but that doesn't mean they should have to. Join the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention in taking action against bullying in our schools and communities. Work with the youth in your life to enter the Stop Bullying Video Challenge. The deadline is 19 days away! http://go.usa.gov/G9y

 

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(4) Who would you like to thank for teaching you respect? Enter a video or essay in THE RESPECT CHALLENGE … deadline Oct 12

 

Win $10,000 for a school or nonprofit (Safe Schools Coalition, for instance!!!) and a trip to NYC. The deadline is 17 days away! For more information go to:  https://apps.facebook.com/respectchallenge/contests/285284

 

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(5) new report: "With One Voice 2012: America's Adults and Teens Sound Off About Teen Pregnancy"

 

Recently released by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, this report describes findings from a survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,032 adults and 1,002 youth. Key findings include these:

·        Teens make clear that parents matter more than many probably think (teens say parents most influence their decisions about sex);

·        there is great agreement among adults about the importance of teaching teens about the value of delaying sex and the importance of using contraception (more than seven in 10 support this approach);

·        there is much more that unites teens and adults than divides them when it comes to teen pregnancy and related issues (the survey results surface precious few differences among different racial/ethnic groups); and

·        that the remaining challenges in convincing young people to delay pregnancy and parenthood may be more profound than many have thought (about four in 10 teens believe it doesn't matter whether you use birth control or not, pregnancy just happens).

 

Find the report here: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/resources/pdf/pubs/WOV_2012.pdf

 

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(6) Got plans to celebrate October as National LGBT History Month? Download free stuff. Register as a collaborating organization!!

 

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. Find free downloadable posters and more here: http://www.lgbthistorymonth.com/resources%202012  

 

Register for free to receive the latest updates and ideas about using our resources to help with your LGBT History Month celebration.

 

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(7) new book: "Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers"

 

This unique resource is packed with all new social justice anniversaries and birthdays as well as lots of new resources, quotes and essential questions for students. Please visit www.justiceplanbook.com for more information and to order. All proceeds support the work of the Education for Liberation Network, the New York Collective of Radical Educators and Rethinking Schools.

So what exactly is a social justice lesson plan book?

Planning to Change the World is a plan book for educators who believe their students can and will change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities. It has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book plus:

•         Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events

•         References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates

•         Tips from social justice teachers across the country

•         Inspirational quotes and thought-provoking essential questions to share with students

...and much more!

Click here to download sample pages from the 2012-2013 plan book:

http://www.justiceplanbook.com/justiceplanbook/samples-pages-2012-2013

 

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