Dear Safe Schools Coalition members and friends:
INVITATION: Join us at the regular monthly meeting this coming Tuesday, 4 p.m. Location and Directions are at the bottom of this message.
Minutes 5/17/05, 4-6 p.m.
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Frieda Takamura; Recording: Lisa Confehr
Present: oops, the sign-in sheet got mislaid. Sorry folks.
a) Renewals since last meeting: King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
b) Piper and the WA Association of School Social Workers will mail hard copies of the May minutes to those who need them
Gill Foundation's Democracy Project ... need a committee to work on getting our various databases to them - if you are interested let Beth know ASAP. [NOTE 6/17 - This is now a moot request; the task has been done. Thanks to all of you who helped.]
(4) SPEAKERS BUREAU
Report on the search for a new (interim) Speakers Bureau Manager: We've hired Cresdan Maite - he has broad experience in organizing volunteers, and will be in regular contact with all the speaker's bureau volunteers and is in the process of setting up a new training. There were three excellent candidates - thank you!
a) Progress re: telephone dispatch situation - no progress, we need a more stable phone line. Heidi is working on it.
i) prom - two young men in the Midwest, one of them wanting to wear a dress and not allowed to. Problem-solved, made referrals.
ii) A child with an intersex condition apparently assigned the wrong gender at birth and now approaching kindergarten - family wants help finding a safe California school. Problem-solved, suggested ways to educate any - even the most supportive - school staff, and made referrals to GLSEN, PFLAG, CA Safe Schools Coalition, and a few other resources
iii) High school student identifies as lesbian, the school has been great but the mother is challenged. Details unavailable at the time we met.
c) We advertise the intervention team only in Washington State but we take cases from anyone who needs us. Contact the intervention team by web contact form here or by calling our dispatch folks at Planned Parenthood (1-888-307-9275 Monday through Thursday, 3-6 p.m.) or at Hate Free Zone (1-866-439-6631 messages 24 hours/day). Tell them how it's safe to reach you and a Safe Schools Intervention Specialist will get back to you within 48 hours.
a) We'll be hiring a JustServe Americorps volunteer to work with Safe Schools Coalition and the Seattle LGBT Community Center this coming school year. This and many other wonderful jobs available, link to www.fremontpublic.org
b) Wrote position description (mostly intervention recruiting, intervention marketing, spkrs bureau volunteer coord., spkg)
SEATTLE PRIDE CONTINGENT
a) All our supporters and members are invited to get on the Yellow School Bus! JUNE 26th!!! Meet @ 9 am at Lowell School or before 11 find the yellow school bus in the parade staging area, south of Pike and east of Broadway. IMPORTANT TO RSVP, so we have enough food and drinks for you!! Contact Lisa Love 206-252-0982, firstname.lastname@example.org. [EXCITING NOTE AS OF 6/17: The Superintendent and some Board Members from Seattle Public Schools will be joining the Safe Schools Coalition's yellow school bus contingent.]
b) All member orgs are welcome to bring banners to hang on the bus, even if you plan not to walk with or ride in the bus (because you also have your own agency's contingent).
HEROES & ROLE MODELS PROJECT
a) YOUR HELP NEEDED: Wall Chart of Notable Gays & Lesbians in History - exchange of historical resources needs a helper - would YOU be willing to be the liaison between Synchronopedia Corp. and us? It would take about 6 or 8 hours of your time. History teachers, especially, might find this a fun summer project. Interested? Contact Beth
WE BEGIN MEETING BY CONFERENCE CALL OR WITH SPEAKER PHONE?
a) We put this idea out and we got a lot of "yes's". We discussed options of locations so that those who prefer can still meet face-to-face but others could join by conference call speaker phone. Several people agreed to research various locations. (Would people continue to attend is the mtgs were in Federal Way? Northgate @ Beth's office? LGBTQ community Center?)
b) The issue will be decided at the June meeting. See next months' minutes for an answer.
Was June 10th-12th. Apologies for the late notice here.
(11) LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR CDC GRANT TO CENTER FOR HEALTH TRAINING
We will be supporting with a letter. The grant would be to provide technical assistance to school districts with implementing the new WA State guidelines for sexual health education.
(12) SEATTLE SCHOOLS UPDATE
Awesome News!! Staff training now happening down to the school level! Seattle is starting to have GSA's at the middle school level all over, about ½ dozen right now!
a) Tuesday, June 21st 4-6 (Marsha chairs - Marsha; __[YOUR NAME HERE!!]__ records)
b) Tuesday, July 19th 2-4 (Frieda chairs - Frieda; Lisa records)
c) Tuesday, Aug 16th 2-4 (Beth chairs - Beth; Chana records)
INVITATION: Join us at the regular monthly meeting this coming Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. Meany Middle School is located at 301 21st Avenue East (on Seattle's Capitol Hill), one block east of Madison. We meet in the school library.
From the South: Take I-5 northbound. Take the Madison St. exit and go east (uphill, away from downtown). At 19th, go left. At Republican (about 6 blocks), go right. Take your first right onto 20th, which will take you directly to the parking lot. Come in the BACK door of the school. The library will be halfway down the hall on your left.
From the North: Take I-5 southbound. Exit onto 520 east towards Bellevue and move to your right. Immediately take the Montlake Blvd. exit. Turn right onto Montlake Blvd. E. ... which will become 24th Ave. E. Turn right onto Republican and, after 21st Ave., left onto 20th, which will take you directly to the parking lot. Come in the BACK door of the school. The library will be halfway down the hall on your left.
From the East: Take I-520 westbound. Take the Montlake Blvd. North exit. Make a U-turn at the light (it is allowed), so that you are headed south on Montlake Blvd. ... which will become 24th Ave. E. Turn right onto Republican and, after 21st Ave., left onto 20th, which will take you directly to the parking lot. Come in the BACK door of the school. The library will be halfway down the hall on your left.
From the Ferries: The ferries will drop you downtown on Alaskan Way. Go left very briefly and then right onto Marion. (If you pass Marion or can't turn there, go two blocks and turn right on Spring and then right on 3rd and left on Marion.) Go up Marion til you can't go any further and take a left on 6th. Go one block and turn right onto Madison. Take Madison up the rest of the hill and back down. At 19th, go left. At Republican (about 6 blocks), go right. Take your first right onto 20th, which will take you directly to the parking lot. Come in the BACK door of the school. The library will be halfway down the hall on your left.