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GSA Network News
February 3, 2010
Greetings!

In this edition of GSA Network News, we discuss how GSAs can take steps now to make sure their club stays strong, even if the club leaders graduate!  The rest of the issue is packed with interesting news!  Here are some things not to forget:

Lawrence King Vigil on Feb 12th (LA)
Expression Not Supression Conference Registration Open (Fresno)
Tru Loved DVD on sale, (own the only movie about starting a GSA)

We hope you enjoy!
In solidarity,
GSA Network

NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT:
Transitioning GSA Leadership

It's February.  Do you know where your new GSA leadership is?

Here at GSA Network, we hear and see what happens when current graduating GSA leaders don't have an action plan for when they leave.  One of the most frustrating things that could happen to your GSA is to do some amazing work and then not have anyone in place to keep it going next year.

So, young grasshopper, what do you do?

You start building the younger leaders, of course!

Yes, it's "only" February but it's super important to start training the younger members to take your place as a leader.  Is someone really interested in running meetings?  Does a member have art skills?  Is there a younger student who sparkles at speaking to folks and getting them interested in joining the club?  Look for qualities in your members that will help to keep your GSA going for next year and start training them now.  Be sure to get help from your advisor, too, as they can help you target those who are showing leadership potential!


Here are some things you can do:
  • Train new members in the rules, history and projects of your GSA.
  • Spread out responsibility to all members throughout the school year, not just at the end.
  • Take turns facilitating meetings so everyone (especially younger GSA members) knows what it feels like to be up front. This will prepare them for a possible leadership role next year!
  • Network, Network, Network! Network with other organizations on and off campus.
  • Create a "Co" leadership structure in which one upper class person and one lower class person share leadership for the last semester.
  • Schedule annual club elections in January when you are back from winter break, that way you will always know who will lead your club into the new school year.
  • Re-Register with GSA Network!  If your club advisor or leader changes, re-register your club (http://gsanetwork.org/register-your-gsa), so we can make sure your club gets GSA Network resources.
  • Create your "GSA Survival Guide," a binder passed on from one GSA leader to the next.  Include all of the challenges and highlights of the GSA over the years.  This is a great way to keep your history and see how other students handled challenges and it will inspire your members for years.

The buddy system works wonders, too.  Have a younger student "shadow" you and the other leaders so they can see exactly what you do in order to lead your GSA.  That way, they'll already be prepared for the next year and will know the ropes!  Also, keep those bonding activities going for your club members.  Meet up over the summer, eat lunch together, get to know your members on a personal level.

For more ideas, be sure to check out our resource sheet on transitioning leadership.  

And don't forget that your lovely and super knowledgeable Program Coordinators can help you with ideas, gathering resources, and even with a transition plan.  Why?  Because that's what we do!  Be sure to contact:
Kiely, kiely@gsanetwork.org (NorCal)
Julia, Julia@gsanetwork.org (Central Valley)
and
Daniel, Daniel@gsanetwork.org (SoCal)
for anything regarding your GSA needs.

So don't leave your GSA hangin'!  Get on the ball and make sure the hard work you've done this year with your club does not go to waste.  Make it work!
  GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit 2/6 (L.A.)
FREE Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit

For youth ages 13-24

Saturday, February 6, 2010
10am - 5pm
Self-Help Graphics
3802 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90063



Learn About:

  • LGBT Activism!
  • Using Community Resources!
  • Expanding your GSA!
  • Your Legal Rights!
  • Networking with local GSAs!
  • And much more!

For more information and to sign up, go to:
http://gsanetwork.org/events/trainings-and-summits

Co-Sponsored by: GSA Network, HONOR PAC, & Self Help Graphics


 
 
King2. GSA Activists Remember Lawrence King and Work to Create Safer Schools

Vigil in Lawrence King's Memory on February 12th in L.A.

February 12th marks the second anniversary of the school shooting that claimed the life of openly gay, gender nonconforming eighth-grader Lawrence King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, CA in 2008. 

Students are once again preparing to remember and honor Lawrence King, who according to classmates was regularly harassed because of his sexual orientation and gender expression.  King, who sometimes wore make up to school, was killed by a male classmate.  Allegedly King had asked the student to be his valentine.

Though King's death was among the most publicized hate crimes since the murder of Matthew Sheppard in 1998, the persistent harassment that King faced at school is not unique.  The 2007 National School Climate Survey found that in the past school year:
  • Nearly nine-tenths of LGBT students (86.2%) reported being verbally harassed at school because of their sexual orientation and two-thirds (66.5%) because of their gender expression.
  • Over one fifth (22.1%) of LGBT students reported being physically assaulted at school in the past school year because of their sexual orientation and over a tenth (14.2%) because of their gender expression.
  • Three in five LGBT students (60.8%) said they feel unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation and over one third (38.4%) because of their gender expression.
Join GSA Network at Los Angeles City Hall -
(meet at the South Entrance on First St. between Spring & Main)
on Friday, February 12th at 7pm
to take part in a candlelight vigil honoring Lawrence King's life and to show the world that homophobic and transphobic violence in our schools is not okay!

This event is organized by GSA Network's Southern California Youth Council.

Contact Daniel: daniel@gsanetwork.org or Joey: joey.h@gsanetwork.org
or call the GSA Network SoCal Office at 213-482-4021.

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ENS3. Expression Not Supression March 20th! (Fresno) 
Registration Now OPEN

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

and Community Link
present...

Expression Not Suppression

ENS is a FREE conference for LGBTQQI youth activists and their allies who are dedicated to defeating homophobia and transphobia and creating safe and supportive schools for everyone. The target audience is high school & middle school students. Teachers & GSA advisors are welcome.

This event will be held on Saturday, March 20th
from 12pm-9:30pm.

The location of the event is 2131 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno, 93704



The conference will help you be comfortable with who you are, how you want to express yourself, who you want to be, and the world around you. The day features workshops and speakers.  After the workshops, there is a free dinner, dance and drag show!

If you'd like more info or would like to help with planning,
please call 209-559-60980 or email julia@gsanetwork.org


QYAD 4. GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA) and Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD) 2010!

Are you a high school or middle school student passionate about social justice? Do you want to the tools to fight for equality for LGBTQ and allied communities? Apply to go to GAYLA/QYAD!

GAYLA/QYAD (April 23rd - April 26th) is a weekend of intensive training on the legislative process, policy and administrative advocacy, media activism & other important skills that culminates with Queer Youth Advocacy Day. Students will have an opportunity to talk directly to their legislators about being LGBT and other issues impacting LGBT youth at Queer Youth Advocacy Day on Monday, April 26, 2010.

Not only will you be able gain incredible activist skills, but you'll also make great friends from all over California who share your passion for LGBTQ rights.

People of color, low-income folks, and transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Here till March 1st.

Adult Allies - Sponsor a youth and help bring them to the Capital!

When:      April 23rd to April 26th
Where:     Sacramento    
For more info, visit: www.gsanetwork.org/events/gayla or
contact Alexander Tran, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, ph: 415.552.4229 alex@gsanetwork.org

Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Equality California (EQCA), BIENESTAR, Transgender Law Center (TLC), and the National Association of Social Workers - California sponsor GAYLA/QYAD.

5. Campus Pride (L.A.)

USC's LGBT Resource Center, Campus Pride, & GSA Network present:

Campus Pride
College Prep Day & Fair
for LGBT & Ally Students and Families

Saturday, February 27, 2010
11am to 4pm
University of Southern California

This free & open to the public fair & college prep day allows students & their families an opportunity to interact with colleges & universities from across the country that value LGBT students. There will also be college prep sessions for students & families. Students should register to attend by emailing: lgbt@usc.edu.
 
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6. eQuality Scholarships Due Feb 16th!- Apply Now
  eQuality Scholarships - Apply Now!

"I just started my first day of college today, and I have my first Diversity (GSA) meeting on Friday. College is really expensive, and I was thinking how hard this would have been if I hadn't received the scholarship. I just want to thank everybody again for making this happen for me. I am so grateful for what you have given me. I wouldn't be where I am emotionally and educationally without you and everybody else." -- 2009 eQuality Scholar

The eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage northern and central California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community.

Scholarships may be used for post-secondary education at approved institutions - colleges, universities, and trade schools. Some of the scholarships are specifically for nursing or medical school.

How many?

In 2009, 12 $5000 scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors, four $5000 scholarships were awarded to nursing students, and one $2000 scholarship was awarded to a medical student. A similar number of scholarships are expected to be awarded in 2010.

Who is eligible?

In general, eligible students fall into one of these categories:
  • Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2005 and 30 Jun 2010;
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited ADN or BSN RN program in California; or
  • Attending an accredited medical school in California or be a California resident attending an accredited medical school elsewhere in the United States.
For complete eligibility requirements, see the How to Apply page.


About the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative:


The Collaborative is the joint effort of a group of organizations based in the San Francisco Bay Area. It began in 1989 as a scholarship program by PG&E's lesbian and gay employee association, now PG&E PrideNetwork. The following year, the Bay Area Network of Gay and Lesbian Educators (BANGLE) joined the effort. Additional members have joined the Collaborative over the years, and more are always welcome.  Over the past 20 years, the Collaborative has awarded over 160 scholarships totaling more than $360,000.  The current organizational members of the Collaborative are: PG&E PrideNetwork, KP Pride, Genentech Out & Equal, KPMG, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and GSA Network.

 
Tru7. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale! 10% of your purchase goes to GSA Network!

Own the only movie about forming a Gay-Straight Alliance!

TRU LOVED:
Sixteen-year-old Tru is uprooted by her lesbian moms from her comfortable gay-friendly home in San Francisco and moved to a conservative, suburban community in Southern California.

Tru's only friend is a closeted football player, and even that friendship is jeopardized when she starts the school's first Gay-Straight Alliance.

With: Jane Lynch, Alec Mapa and Nichelle Nichols

tru loved poster

 
BUY TRU LOVED ON DVD TODAY From BROWN BAG PRODUCITONS.
Buy DVDs, T-shirts, and more at www.brownbagprods.com and 10% of the purchase price will support the organizations that support you!!
 
Buy your DVD from Brown Bag Productions and
be sure to select GSA Network as the beneficiary.
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

GSA Network News is a publication of Gay-Straight Alliance Network. Events, resources, and news items listed under "Other Announcements" are not sponsored or written by GSA Network, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of GSA Network.
 
NATIONAL

8. GLSEN Safe Schools Advoacy Summit March 20th

GLSEN is pleased to announce the Safe Schools Advocacy Summit (SSAS) to be held from March 20-23, 2010 in Washington, DC. SSAS brings together student and adult activists for four days of learning and advocacy through a series of training sessions and a day of meetings with participant's elected representatives.  Learn more and apply here:
http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/2513.html
 
9. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One in three teens will experience some form of dating abuse in their relationships. Dating abuse has been linked to other forms of violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and suicide. Most importantly, dating abuse can impair the positive, healthy, successful development of a young person. 

Break the Cycle invites you to join us in the creation of a united voice against violence. We are promoting a National School Awareness Announcement to be read by students in middle and high schools nationwide on February 10.

Our goal is to reach more than one million youth in one single day, raising awareness of this issue and directing teens to our website (thesafespace.org) and the National Dating Abuse Helpline (1.866.331.9474).

We invite schools and districts from around the country to partner with us for this important event. To learn more about the announcement and how you can participate, please visit: http://www.haveaheartcampaign.org/heart-of-the-matter.html

For more information, contact Eric Anderson at eric.anderson@breakthecycle.org
 
NOR CAL
10. Who You Callin' Queer? (S.F.)
An interactive art exhibit on gender & nonviolence

OPENING NIGHT IS TONIGHT
Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 6:00-8:00 pm

(The show will be open through March 6, 2010)

FREE!!

San Francisco LGBT Center, 3rd Floor
1800 Market St. @ Octavia



Learn more:
http://www.underminingviolence.org/who-you-callin-queer.html

UAV is thrilled to present our first - and a first of its kind - art exhibit, Who You Callin' Queer? Twelve interactive stations invite the visitor to examine what's really happening in those moments when we police gender. Each station helps us find nonviolent options to ensure our safety and self-expression. The exhibit is presented in both English and Spanish.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors, the San Francisco LGBT Center and Queer Cultural Center.

Many thanks also to our station sponsors: A Fein Mess Productions, A Home Within, El/La Program Para Trans Latinas, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Genderfork.com, Lyon-Martin Health Services, Poor News Network and Safe2Pee.com 
 
11. Call for Youth Journalists/LGBT History Video Project (Bay Area)

CALL FOR YOUTH JOURNALISTS

A documentary crew is looking for young journalists to serve as on-camera talent for a video series on GLBT History.  We are looking for up to four young people with natural curiosity who will work along side the creative team to develop the look and content for a ten-part series about the movement towards GLBT equality since 1900.  The young journalists will interview historians, organize presentations and help in writing content to appeal to the youth market.

We are casting the first of the journalists to appear in the pilot, which will shoot in either January or February. 

This is a rare opportunity for the right candidate(s) to actually work on the pre-production, serve as on-camera talent and assist in post-production for a series that will have national on-line distribution.

There is no compensation for the pilot, however, we are looking to include a stipend for the fully funded project.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:
 * Young Journalists between the ages of 15-25 (Those under 18 will need a parent's signature)
 * People who feel comfortable in front of the camera
 * GLBT youth who want to research history and tell stories to their peers
 * Creative young people interested in GLBT history

SELECTION PROCESS:
In small groups, candidates will interview a GLBT historian.   Each will then report on-camera what they learned in their own words.  We are looking for energy and organization skills.  In addition, we would like to hear suggestions on how to make the material most visually interesting for our target audience.

INTERESTED?
Email philsiegel@aol.com with AUDITION in the subject line.  We will contact you with the date of the casting call, to be held in Oakland.

 
12. Annual Dice 5000 Party (Bay Area)
To benefit the Bobby Griffith Scholarship Fund

WHEN:      Saturday, March 13, 2010  3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE:     Concord Police Association Hall, 5060 Avila Road, Concord, CA.  Directions: http://www.concordpoa.org/contactus.php?#map
Refreshments and dinner will be served.
* Special Guests: The Griffith Family *

SUGGESTED DONATION:$35 per person (tax-deductible)
Make your donation online at http://www.horizonsfoundation.org/griffithfund
or make check payable to "Horizons Foundation" and mail to:
Horizons Foundation, Bobby Griffith Fund,
870 Market St, Suite 728, San Francisco, CA 94102
 
R.S.V.P. to your hosts Rich & Marni Berendsen
at 925-876-0272 or GriffithFund@aol.com
dice party

Since 1990, the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a Contra Costa County high school senior who contributed to improving the environment for GLBTQ youth.

 
13. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
 

San Francisco's LYRIC Youth Center hosts events almost everyday for LGBTQQ youth. 

LYRIC
LYRIC's mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Calendar of Events
http://lyric.org/calendar.html
CENTRAL VALLEY

14. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)

Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays.
 
Trans-e-motion has a social meeting on the first Saturday of each month.  Time and location to be announced.  See calendar or call (559) 255-4075.

There is a Trans-e-motion business meeting on the third Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Equality California office,  Van Ness Towers office Bldg., 1055 N. Van Ness Ave. "C", near Alhambra (South of Olive),  Fresno, California, 93728, U.S.A.
15. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)

Meets Every Friday Evening
7:30pm -9:00pm

Fresno's GLBTQ Youth group's weekly meeting is every Friday evening.

1584 N. Van Ness Ave. Map to event

More info :http://www.fresnorainbowpride.com/youthalliance.html
SO CAL
16. Join RPYA for our Valentines Day Dance! Feb 12 (Riverside)

 "All You Need is Love"
for LGBTQ Youth & Allies

Friday, February 12th - 7 to 11pm

Back to the Grind
3575 University Avenue
Riverside, CA

$3 Admission
Ages 13 to 20 - ID Required
Dress to Impress

FOR A FREE GIFT, RSVP TO MOREINFO@RPYA.ORG BY FEBRUARY 8TH

rpya dance
17. Help Organize YOUTH PRIDE 2010 (L.A.)

Dear Gay Straight Alliances,

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Christopher Street West, also known as Gay Pride! Being that this is such a momentous occasion, we are organizing Hollywood's first YOUTH PRIDE, designed to provide young people the opportunity to participate in queer celebrations. The event is slated to take place on August 13-15, 2010.

Our mission is to create a safe space for queer youth to be empowered and express themselves. With limited means and age-restrictions, youth are often overlooked and unaddressed by the greater community.

The vision...
We would like to work with you in a collective effort to serve queer youth by providing life assistance- with college representatives, job placement, rapid HIV/AIDS testing, safer-sex materials, and voter registration- as well as community building opportunities- with cooperative vendors and community organization booths, displaying what is available in the surrounding areas.

We need you!
We will be discussing several things and need your input! This event cannot take place without you!

A few things that we'll be discussing:
Film Festival Submissions & Fashion Show Ideas
Dance Themes & Entertainment
Job Opportunities, College Representatives
Radical Organizations
Sex-positive Tools and Materials
Food and Beverages

If you are interested, we would like to meet from 12-4pm on Sunday, FEBRUARY 28th to begin a dialogue about what the youth in each area would like to see/have access to a PRIDE. Please RSVP to hollywoodyouthpride@gmail.com  with the number of students and friends that will be attending.

We will be meeting at My Homie Safe Space, located at 546 1/2 Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles 90004. And we'll provide delicious snacks!

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Hollywood Youth Pride Team
hollywoodyouthpride@gmail.com
On Facebook: Hollywood Youth Pride
www.hollywoodyouthpride.blogspot.com

P.S. If you cannot attend, please consider taking some time during your meetings to discuss these topics with your students, encourage them to discuss the event with their friends, and please send us the feedback. We'd greatly appreciate it!

 
18. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
OUTspoken Sessions

an open mic for queer youth and straight allies 19 and under

Every 4th Friday from 6:30-9:30 pm.

2170 W Washington Blvd., 90018

for more info or to reserve your spot email: info@equalaction.org


Outpsoken
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19. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)

Check out these new calendars for LGBT Youth!
 
Los Angeles Youth
http://lalgbtcalendar.pbwiki.com/
http://www.virsil.com/

San Diego Youth
www.ourlgbtevents.org/
ScholarJOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND GRANTS
21. PAID LGBT INTERNSHIPS 
The R. Scott Hitt Foundation Internships for 2010

The R. Scott Hitt Foundation is offering funding for qualified candidates with the vision to be future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement.
 
The pro-LGBT sponsoring organization that you choose apply with will receive funding to compensate your internship position while you strengthen your resume and gain valuable skills towards becoming a leader of the future.
 
* POST-GRADUATE*
THE SCOTT HITT INTERNSHIP IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Application Deadline: May 7, 2010 
  • Post graduate students with strong academic record
  • Duration: 7-9 months, 40 hour week - $20,000 Grant
  • Location: An established 501(c)3 nonprofit with a commitment to the advancement of LGBT equality
  • Applicant contacts host organization they want to work at and co-develops a successful curriculum encompassing these key elements: communications, fundraising, board development and grassroots policy
  • 2-4 recipients per year

* UNDERGRADUATE *
THE A.N.G.L.E. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INTERNSHIP
Application Deadline: April 16, 2010
  • Current undergraduate students with strong academic record
    Duration: 8 weeks, 40 hour week - $4000 Grant to sponsor 501(c)3
  • Location: An established 501(c)3 nonprofit in Southern California with a commitment to the advancement of LGBT equality
  • Applicant contacts host organization they want to work at and co-develops a successful curriculum encompassing key elements of non-profit operations and program development
  • Named for the nonprofit ANGLE (Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality) which inspired and provided the funding for these internships
  • 3-5 recipients per year

TO APPLY:

1. Visit www.scotthittfoundation.org for details.
2. Choose a pro-LGBT 501(C)3 non-profit organization to sponsor your internship.
3. Agree to the terms of your internship and scope of work with your sponsoring organization. Construct sponsor agreement in cooperation with your chosen 501(c)3.
4. Submit your cover letter, personal essay, résumé and sponsor agreement by the above deadline to www.scotthittfoundation.org.
5. Check www.scotthittfoundation.org for grant award dates. 
22. Bulldog Pride Fund and GSA Network Award 

Fresno State LGBT Scholarships

The Bulldog Pride Fund at Fresno State expects to provide three $2,000 scholarships ($6,000 total) for the 2010-11 academic year.

The BPF scholarship criteria is that a Fresno State incoming or returning student with good academic standing that has demonstrated pride in the community be selected as its recipient(s). The BPF also bestows the GSA Network Award.

The deadline to apply for the Bulldog Pride Fund, as well as all scholarships at Fresno State, is Feb. 28, 2010.
 
For more info: http://www.bulldogpride.org/
 
23. Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship 2010 -- Applicaitons Available (Contra Costa)

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the
Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship in 2010


To Apply Visit: http://www.horizonsfoundation.org/griffithfund
 
Since 1990, the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a Contra Costa high school senior who contributed to improving the environment for GLBTQ youth.  The scholarship was established in memory of Bobby Griffith, a gay youth from Walnut Creek, California, who committed suicide in 1983.

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2010
 
The Lifetime TV movie Prayers for Bobby dramatizes Bobby's life and his mother's growing understanding after his death.
Watch it online: http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/movies/prayers-bobby
 
Our 2009 Scholarship Recipient was Jennie Drummond, from San Ramon Valley High School, now a freshman at Chapman University majoring in Graphic Design.  
 
Support the 2010 Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund: http://www.horizonsfoundation.org/griffithfund
Fiscal Sponsor: Horizons Foundation, Bobby Griffith Fund,
870 Market St, Suite 728, San Francisco, CA 94102
griffithfund@aol.com
 
24. PFLAG Scholarships - $2000 for Students in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties 
 
 PFLAG San Jose is offering four $2000 scholarships to High School seniors in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties whose educational history, personal plans, and activities demonstrate support for justice and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons.
All information and application forms are located on our web site www.pflagsanjose.org.

Applicaiton deadline: March 27, 2010
 
25. PFLAG National scholarships available for 2010: $5000, $2500, $1000 scholarships!

Online link to all information:    http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=370

PFLAG National scholarships available for 2010: $5,000 scholarships, $2,500 scholarships, $1,000 scholarships!

Review the following eligibility requirements:

  • You are a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time in 2010 (if you graduated in 2009 and took a year off you are still eligible to apply).
  • You self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or as a straight ally
  • You demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community.
  • You have applied to an accredited higher education institution.
In order to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to submit: 

    ·    A complete application form
    ·    A one page essay
    ·    A high school transcript
    ·    One letter of reference
    ·    A complete the release form

Application Process: 

Send your high school transcript, letter of reference and the release form in one packet to PFLAG National (see address below).

PFLAG National
1726 M St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Submit your application and essay online (if you prefer, you may submit a hard-copy of your application and essay). For online submissions, you will be assigned a reference number; this number needs to appear on the cover of your packet containing the reference, transcripts and release form that you send to PFLAG National.

The deadline to apply for the PFLAG National Scholarship is March 12, 2009.

Click on this link to submit an application: https://www.pflag.org/scholarship/process.php?newapp=1
 
26. Women on the Move (WOM): Lavender Scholars Program 
Women on the Move (WOM): Lavender Scholars Program

One $500 scholarship is available to an Inland Empire high school senior seeking financial assistance to pursue a post-secondary education or an Inland Empire Community College senior who is seeking financial assistance to continue his/her education as an upper classman. The program is open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT), an Ally or students with LGBT parents.

Applications are available with Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisors in local Inland Empire high schools; Community College Guidance offices; Financial Aid offices; Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance (RPYA); and, on the Lavender Scholars website. The cost to submit an application is free.

Students can mail completed applications to:
The Chicago Business Center,
C/O of the Unity Center - Women on the Move: Lavender Scholars Program, 2
025 Chicago Suite A20, Riverside, CA 92507.

The application deadline is March 1, 2010.  Late applications will not be considered.  For additional information and to submit questions, students can visit http://www.lavenderscholars.org

 
27. Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society (GALAS) Scholarship
GAY AND LESBIAN ARMENIAN SOCIETY (GALAS)

GENERAL INFORMATION
· Students from all fields of study are encouraged to apply.
· $1000 renewable scholarship (must reapply to renew scholarship)
· Applications accepted from: September 1st of each year
· Application deadline:  February 28th of each year
· Applicant notification:  April 1st of each year
· Awards given out at the annual GALA (May of each year)
Recipient is highly encouraged to attend GALA to receive award.  One complementary ticket will be
given to recipient.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION
· For undergraduate and graduate studies
(High School Seniors and College students who are accepted/enrolled in accredited colleges/universities)
· Armenian descent (1st /2nd /3rd  generation Armenians)
If parents or grandparents are Armenian, names will have to be provided.
· Active involvement in an organization that benefits the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT)
community
· Must attend school in California
· GALAS scholarship award recipient selection committee members are not eligible.

REQUIREMENTS:
· School acceptance letter/class registration
· Transcripts:
 For high school seniors: grades 9- 11
For college/university: current transcripts
· Minimum GPA 3.0 (special circumstances taken into consideration)
· Letters of recommendation (at least 2)
-     (1) from an instructor/academic setting
-     (1) from the organization that benefits the GLBT community
-     (optional) From a non-relative
· Autobiography including statement of intent (500 word minimum)


All completed applications and supporting material must be received by February 28.
All material must be sent to:
Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society
8721 Santa Monica Blvd.
Box #654
West Hollywood, CA 90069-4511

 The application packet must be complete to be considered by the review committee.

Applicants will be notified of award by April 1 of the application year.

To download an application form, go to: http://www.galasla.org/resources.php

 
28. Become A Face of Change - LGBT Scholarships 
Point Foundation is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) students of merit. individuals enrolled  in either an undergraduate or graduate program, beginning  or continuing in the fall of 2010, are eligible to apply.

Point Foundation (Point) provides financial support through multi-year scholarships, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Apply now through Feb. 12, 2010 here: http://www.pointfoundation.org/instructions.html

 
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GSA Network
Gay-Straight Alliance Network

National & Statewide Headquarters:
1550 Bryant St., Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-552-4229
Fax: 415-552-4729

Southern California Regional Office:
1145 Wilshire Blvd. #100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-482-4021
Fax: 213-482-4027

Central Valley Regional Office:
Phone: 559-268-2780
Mail for the Central Valley office may be sent to our headquarters in San Francisco.

http://www.gsanetwork.org


In This Issue
NETWORK NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Transitioning GSA Leadership
GSA NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Latina/o LGBT Youth Leadership Summit 2/6 (L.A.)
2. GSA Activists Remember Lawrence King
3. Expression Not Supression March 20th! (Fresno)
4. GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy (GAYLA)
5. Campus Pride (L.A.)
6. eQuality Scholarships Due Feb 16th!- Apply Now
7. Tru Loved DVD now on Sale!
OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
NATIONAL
8. GLSEN Safe Schools Advoacy Summit March 20th
9. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
NOR CAL
10. Who You Callin' Queer? (S.F.).
11. Call for Youth Journalists/LGBT History Video Project (Bay Area)
12. Annual Dice 5000 Party (Bay Area)
13. Youth Calendar (S.F.)
CENTRAL VALLEY
14. Trans-E-Motion Meetings in Fresno on Saturdays (Fresno)
15. Community Link's Youth Meetings Friday Night (Fresno)
SO CAL
16. Join RPYA for our Valentines Day Dance! Feb 12 (Riverside)
17. Help Organize YOUTH PRIDE 2010 (L.A.)
18. OUTspoken Sessions (L.A.)
19. LGBT Youth Calendars (L.A. and San Diego)
JOBS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND GRANTS
21....PAID LGBT INTERNSHIPS
22. Bulldog Pride Fund and GSA Network Award
23. Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship 2010
24. PFLAG Scholarships - $2000 for Students in San Mateo and Santa Clara
25. PFLAG National scholarships available for 2010
26. Women on the Move (WOM): Lavender Scholars Program
27. Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society (GALAS) Scholarship
28. Become A Face of Change - LGBT Scholarships
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