Dear Safe Schools Coalition members and friends:
HELP NEEDED ITEMS IN RED.
7/15/08, 2-4 p.m. PST
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
Chairing: Frieda Takamura; Recording: Ethan Blustein
In attendance: Arnold Martin, Seattle Counseling Service; Beth Reis, Safe Schools Coalition (SSC) Co-Chair and Public Health Seattle & King County; Ethan Blustein, SSC staff and Solid Ground; Helen Stillman, SSC Speakers’ Bureau Manager and Lambert House; Penny Palmer, SSC Co-Secretary and Intervention Chair; Frank Couch, SAMA Foundation and SSC Intervention Specialist; Yuko Komatsu, UW Social Work; Avry Todd, Q Voices Project; Matt Munson, Planned Parenthood of Western Washington; Frieda Takamura, Washington Education Association and SSC Co-Chair; Linda Baker, SSC volunteer
(1) INTERVENTION TEAM REPORT – Penny, Ann
a) Recent & ongoing interventions (One recent request was from
the mother of a 16 yo gay young man looking for peer support and resources in
b) Getting more surveys in from High School Nurses. Hope to involve School Counselors next year, perhaps statewide.
(2) MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Beth, Chris
a) New org member applications:
Shorecrest Gay Straight
b) Renewals: If your organization needs to renew for 2008-2009 – or wants to apply to join -- please go to http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/members_join-renew.html
(3) SPEAKERS BUREAU/TRAINING TEAM/OUTREACH REPORT – Helen
Speakers Bureau & Training Team
a) No Speaking or Training gigs this month
c) AFSC Panels: Casey Family Program 6/18 and Teen Link 6/24
d) Just had a panelist training for AFSC interns
e) We are also holding a general panelist training on July 23rd, 12-3pm at Lambert House if folks know any youth who might be interested.
f) We have the Out Spoken brochures and are working on creating a mailing list so we can send them out in time for the beginning of the school year.
We’re in conversation with folks in
(4) SPECIAL EVENTS
a) Pride events around the state – Ethan and Helen went to
Tacoma Pride and Bellingham Pride to spread the word about the Safe Schools
Coalition and our services. They gave Safe Schools brochures and Intervention
bracelets to Planned Parenthood, Camp Ten Trees, the Whatcom Human Rights Task
Force, PFLAG, and
b) Angels in
d) UW Social Work will be showing It’s STILL Elementary this coming fall. They will also be hosting a Diversity Family Photo Exhibit. If you or anyone you know is interested in donating to either of these events please contact Yoko Komatsu: email@example.com
a) Generally meets the 1st Monday of the month, but the next meeting will be Tuesday Aug 5th from 3:30-5pm at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington on Madison in Seattle. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
a) There are 2 new folks taking over leadership. If they are interested in having a conference call with SSC for guidance and support, we will be looking for SSC folks to join the call. If you are interested in helping advise them contact email@example.com.
b) They recently presented the film “The Bible Tells Me So,” and a Non-Marriage Workshop.
(7) CAITLIN RYAN IN SEATTLE – Beth
a) Caitlin is
the ED of the Family Acceptance Project at
b) She is also willing to present her amazing research about families and the coming out process to SSC member organizations and volunteers. Potentially on Sunday Sept 21st. We are in need of funders for this project and someone to chair or serve on a small team to plan the event. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
(8) Q VOICES PROJECT – Avry, Hannah
The Q Voices Project is an online,
anonymous study for teens ages 14-19 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual,
transgender, or are questioning their sexual orientation. The
project is funded through the National Institute of Health, and is run by a
team through the
(9) NATIONAL SAFE SCHOOLS ROUNDTABLE (NSSR) REPORT – Beth
a) On Oct 15-17th in
b) Committees for the Roundtable are: Development, Communications, Anti-Racism, Annual Convening, and Resource Development
c) National Teleconference on July 30th for NSSR member organizations will address how you assess the age-appropriateness of curricular materials. This first NSSR teleconf. Is being provided only to organizations that already belong to NSSR; hopefully future ones will be open to all.
(10) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO SCENARIOS
a) We provided editorial feedback re: draft masculinity guide to be published soon – more info: Ernestine Heldring, Education and Outreach Coordinator, www.scenariosusa.org, 718.230.5125, email@example.com
(12) WEB SITE REPORT – Gabi, Ethan
a) In June, we got 171,589 hits, from over 26,000 visitors. About 74%
were visitors from the
b) MySpace Page: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=354321056. If any youth are interested in maintaining this page, contact Arnold Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
c) Youth Pages. If you or anyone you know has Queer/Trans youth related links to add to the youth page e-mail Gabi email@example.com
(13) LISTSERVE REPORT – Beth
a) Welcome to recent subscribers from
b) From January 1 through July 14, we’ve sent a total of 38 messages to the “Important News” list (about 1-2 per week):
o 6 meeting minutes,
o 11 action alert and help needed messages,
o 8 monthly lesson planning guides [some months were sent were in two parts], and
o 13 other major news items)
and those plus another 180 or a total to the “News” list of 218 (about 7 or 8 messages a week):
o 50 news digests,
o 50 events digests,
o 30 job digests, and
o 50 other items – contests, films, grants, videos, books, etc.
c) VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Can you give 1-3 hours a week for a very fun job helping produce the listserve? It’s a job you can do at 2 a.m. in your pajamas from anywhere in the world. And we can teach you how. Interested?
(14) FISCAL UPDATE – Beth
a) Huge thanks to these recent individual and family donors to the Coalition:
o Karen Kulm
o Glenn Bafia
b) If you haven’t donated so far this year, now is the time to step up. Go to: https://anauel.youth-guard.org/safeschools/donate.asp
(15) QUEER QUESTIONING & ALLY ROCK CLIMBING COURSE- Allegra
a) Passages Northwest invited you to join us for our summer QUEER QUESTIONING AND ALLY summer rock climbing course! Spend 6 days with 8 other high school youth and 3 rad instructors doing yoga on the beach, rock climbing, camping, and exploring deep questions about identity.
WHEN: July 16 – July 21st
AGE: 9th – 12th grade
COST: FULL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!
Please call Passages Northwest at 206.286.8601 with questions or to register!
You can also e-mail Allegra Guarino at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see YOU this summer!!
Wanna know more about Passages Northwest – check out our web page at www.PassagesNW.org !
(16) ETHAN’S AMERICORPS GRADUATION PARTY!
a) JustServe AmeriCorps Graduation!!!
WHEN: Friday, July 25th 1:00pm
BBQ Potluck! We'll bring hamburgers and veggie burgers. You bring a salad or desert.
Come celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of our 2007-2008 JustServe team!
ALL are welcome, so invite your friends, family, loved ones.
RSVP to: Caitlin Purvin-Dunn
(email@example.com; 206-957-4779 x102)
UPCOMING MEETINGS … contact the chair if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending (in person) or calling in (by conference call). All are welcome- you do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.
Aug 19th, 2-4 pm, Pacific Time. Beth chairs and ____________ records
Beth: 206-296-4970; firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept 16th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time (back to school year hours). Marsha chairs and ____________ records
Marsha: 206-601-8942; email@example.com
Oct 21st, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Frieda chairs and _____________ records … NOTE: A hour
earlier for summer
Frieda: 253-765-7062; firstname.lastname@example.org
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