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The SHINE Team

The SHINE Team

Who is SHINE?

GLSEN Arizona’s SHINE Team empowerment program is a FREE year-long program for high school students (grades 9-12) that begins with a weekend Summer Intensive in July, which prepares LGBTQ+ youth and their allies to lead Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) and advocacy campaigns.


The team meets regularly throughout the whole school year (virtually and in person) to develop their skills and their network to positively impact local school communities, dedicating about 15 hours a month to team meetings and activities.

The SHINE Team's objective is to:

  • Expose and integrate LGBTQ+/allied students to GLSEN’s safer schools mission and work,

  • Amplify LGBTQ+ student concerns in various GLSEN Arizona committees and media interview opportunities;

  • Empower LGBTQ+/allied students to advocate for themselves and others;

  • Build crucial skills like community organizing, public speaking, networking, fundraising, organizational management, project management, accountability, and responsibility;

  • Position LGTBQ+ students to take advantage of otherwise unknown opportunities.

How to Apply?

Potential SHINE Leaders must be high school students (Grades 9-12).  Potential SHINE Leaders should expect to dedicate approximately 15 hours a month to the SHINE Team participating in in-person and virtual meetings, events, and homework.


And most importantly, potential SHINE Leaders should be open and eager to learn and grow in an affirming community of peers. If this sounds like you, we hope you'll apply! Simply fill out the application and wait for instructions on scheduling your 30-minute getting-to-know-you call.

Applications are open! New team members will begin their SHINE Team journey at  the next intensive Retreat (held in July and January). Students from the West Valley, Central Phoenix, and Tucson are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Be an Arizona high school student.

  • Identify with the communities GLSEN serves or in solidarity.

  • Have technological resources to attend meetings, answer emails, etc.

  • Have availability for meetings and events.

  • Maintain passing grades in all coursework. 

  • Be involved in your school’s current GSA (LGBTQ+ student-led club) or be willing to form one.

  • Have a signed media release on file.

  • Have reasonable parent/guardian support.

How to Apply
GLSEN Phoenix SHINE Team logo on the back of a black t-shirt.

GLSEN Arizona and the SHINE program especially have inspired me to meaningfully and inclusively pursue leadership in my own GSA as well as LGBTG+ advocacy in my community as a whole. Not only that, but it's given me a sturdy, kind, and colorful group of peers I can always lean on and create with. GLSEN Arizona provides students with so much support and so many resources that we take with us throughout our whole lives.

Current SHINE Projects

This Year's SHINE Projects

GSA Outreach & Organizing

One of the community needs the 2023-24 SHINE Team assessed in the Summer Retreat was the need for GSAs to have more access to resources and be better connected to each other.

To address this need, the Team has put together a short presentation for GSAs to learn more about GLSEN and SHINE and for us to learn more about the current school climate for LGBTQ+ students.

The current SHINE Team is scheduling visits to GSAs for November onward. If we don't have team members in your school's area yet, the Team can conduct a virtual visit. Email to request a visit from the SHINE Team!


Spring Pride Prom

Another community need the SHINE Team assessed was the longing for queer joy and service to others. Times are tough and queer joy is a must.

To address this need, the Team will be planning annual Pride Prom slated for April!

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