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May 25, 2011

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July 6, 2009

I have been involved with GLSEN for over 6 years now. I've seen GLSEN grow from a struggling grassroots organization to a prominent voice on issues facing LGBT youth in schools. The programming, train... more

May 25, 2011

I have been volunteering with GLSEN for nearly 10 years and became a Board member last year. GLSEN is the pre-eminent organization dealing with anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Tragically, the need for GLSEN was no more evident than the tragic loss of young lives last Fall due to anti-gay bullying in schools. And it was re-enforced with the homophobic language displayed by top NBA stars over the past few weeks.

GLSEN has forged strong relationships and reputations with most of the national education associations, the Obama administration, the Ad Council, and the NBA to ensure that homophobic language and harassment have no place in our nation's schools. Every child deserves a safe and respectful place to learn.

I have volunteered for a number of organizations and served on numerous Boards. GLSEN is far and away one of the top non-profits I've served with.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact it has on young people's lives; the impact it has on school climates; the impact of its research on national educational, legislative, and anti-bullying efforts.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase its fundraising capacity in order to scale it so that it could have even more impact on the grassroots and national levels.

July 6, 2009

I have been involved with GLSEN for over 6 years now. I've seen GLSEN grow from a struggling grassroots organization to a prominent voice on issues facing LGBT youth in schools. The programming, training, and research the organization provides is world-class. The staff and volunteers are truly dedicated and loyal to the mission and vision.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its impact on legislation, school training programs, and community messaging through the Ad Council.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look for more ways to engage and coordinate the work of the local chapters; partner with parents and school leaders; and engage more youth.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impact the message has on youth and the schools once people are exposed to the data and the stories.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, loyal, hard-working, committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide the appropriate level of staffing and training/tools necessary to fully support the local chapters and extend its work to those communities and youth most in need.

Ways to make it better...

we had more resources to do the work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising money and getting the message out about its great work to a broader audience.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a great organization and is on the cusp of doing some really profound things for LGBT youth across the country.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 1, 2009

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July 1, 2009

GLSEN changed my life. Their student organizing program gave me a week of training with other LGBT and allied 13-17 year olds. We learned about community organizing tactics, communication strategies, the legislative process, and workshop facilitation skills. Their staff provided ongoing support and summits throughout the year as each of us implemented action plans in our widely varied areas of the country. We went way beyond founding Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in high schools. Students did everything imaginable: hosted statewide summits for youth on their rights or transgender advocacy, organized lobbying for anti-LGBT harassment and bullying laws, provided resources to local GSAs, networked clubs to hold rallies and days of action, made asks of our administrations to cover inclusive curricula, provide gender neutral bathrooms, or address bias in other ways. The students I met through GLSEN inspire me to this day. They were the most diverse group of people I have ever met in my entire life. Because GLSEN paid for ALL expenses, youth came from every economic, ethnic, geographic, rural/urban background and united for a common cause. The program was truly empowering of grassroots leadership, enabling the people affected by oppression to address it themselves in ways that were appropriate to their area and changed the relationships of power within the schools. We created real change in people's lives with an incredible support network of inspirational friends and knowledgeable paid staff. GLSEN helps youth become not the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. This experience in many ways made me who I am- someone who knows her power to organize change.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the improvements and transformation in my own and others lives, including those I touched in my community with GLSEN's support and those GLSEN also worked with directly.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

brilliant, experienced, sensitive to all types of diversity and to students' emotional needs, and truly dedicated to a grassroots movement.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save lives, like the suicides and murders of LGBT youth, but also the lives of people living but so emotionally battered and beaten down in their internalized conviction that they did not deserve more, their childhood was almost not worth living.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network has been an influential organization in both the development of my personal as well as my professional life. On a personal level I have found strength and pride as an openly gay educator in Boston. I have been empowered by my work as an activist on the local Boston board member, and board Chair, as well as co chair of the National Advisory Council. Through our work we have made schools safe for thousands of school age youth by advocating for legislation which protects students, educating administrators, teachers, students and parents about the harmful affects of anti gay bullying and harassment in our schools. Professionally as a teacher, I have been able to infuse LGBT themes in my curriculum which further provides all students with the opportunity to acknowledge sexual orientation and gender expression as only one facet of a person's overall identity. I am proud of GLSEN's work throughout the country and especially on the National Level in spearheading anti bullying legislation across the country. I will continue to support GLSEN in it's efforts to make all schools safe for every menber of a school community, Frank Pantano Boston, MA

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the results of the research done as evidenced in the School Climate Surveys, and related publications. I have also seen the results in the number of successful Gay Straight Alliances that exist and in the number of students who feel safe and nurtured.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

empower the local chapters to do greater work by infusing national dollars at the local level.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting and working with like minded people from all over the country as well as being able to highlight the extent of GLSEN's work in Massachusetts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, caring, competent, and dedicated to the ending of homophobia in our schools.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Work at the legislative level in implementing the anti bullying initiatives as well as infuse money at the local level to train school systems, institutionalizing awareness, support and advocacy for all students

Ways to make it better...

the national organization were able to deliver on all of its projects and resources that support local grassroots activism.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Sustaining a fund raising model that supports the work on a local and national level. Local chapters are largely volunteers who depend local donors to support the work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

GLSEN has been at the forefront of LGBT education for many years throughout the country

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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