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GLSEN INC.
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.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & Training teachers on the impact of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and how to create safe and respectful places in schools.

GLSEN INC.
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I've volunteered at the local chapter level and served on the National Advisory Council.