Mission: Ally Action educates, connects and engages people to create school communities that are safe, inclusive and effective for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Programs: Training and Education. Ally Action engages educators, staff and parents with the skills and tools to promote safe schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. We provide opportunities for connection, resource sharing and peer support.
Youth Leadership in Action. Ally Action encourages and supports youth in action in their communities, providing them with opportunities to empower themselves and to lead community change. Ally Action youth leaders are at the forefront of speaking out and making anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and name-calling unaceeptable in their classrooms, locker rooms and across their school communities.
Bringing Policies to Life. Ally Action brings policies off of the shelves, out of the books and into the everyday lives of students, staff and families. We work with school community leaders and build issues-based partnerships with other education and social justice organizations to support comprehensive implementation of safe schools policies and plans. We are interested in community-based, people-centric strategies for making these ssafe schools policies work.
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Ally Action really, truly saves lives. In the past 10 years I have volunteered and/or worked with the organization, I have seen and felt the immense impact the organization has had on the lives of the people it has touched.
I have literally seen young people, adults and schools transformed by the workshops and trainings Ally Action offers. The most common piece of feedback from youth having participated in classroom workshops was that there is a huge sense of gratitude for having created a dialogue in the classroom about an issue young people deal with every day. Statements like "that's so gay" are still used in most schools today.
They are an amazing resource for school communities struggling with anti-gay bullying and harassment.