July 2021 newsletter
This month we held out first in-person event since the start of the pandemic, bringing together students and volunteers for our Training of Trainers and SHINE Summer Intensive programs. While we maintained safe practices and masking, it was so good to have that live energy and enthusiasm going again. Thank you to everyone who participated in both events, and we can’t wait to see you all again soon.
This Sunday, August 1, Positive Tracks is hosting a Pride 365 challenge, and for every challenge completed, Positive Tracks will donate $5 to GLSEN! All you have to do is complete a challenge having to do with the number 365, whether that’s a physical challenge like running 3.65 miles or dancing to a 3:65 minute song, or a mental challenge, like performing 365 card tricks! All the details to sign up and participate can be found here: https://www.positivetracks.org/pride-365/ Let’s have fun with this! Be sure to tag us with #glsenphx365 and we’ll share your post!
Save the Date! Back2School Summit 2021 Sept 25-26
Mark your calendar for our annual Back2School Summit, returning on Sept. 25 - 26, 2021. Open to educators, students, and community members, the summit is a great way to kick off an inclusive and welcoming school year. More details coming soon!
Our co-chair Leslie George-Redmond appeared on this great podcast from the Maricopa County Library District, discussing the role GLSEN Phoenix plays in our community, and how people can get involved. A great intro to our organization and a fun listen. Check it out wherever you get your podcasts.
Teacher and students: Take the 2021 National School Climate Survey
The 2021 National School Climate Survey is GLSEN's twelfth national survey of LGBTQ+ youth. It is a crucial tool in GLSEN's mission for fighting anti-LGBTQ+ bias in K-12 schools across the nation. The information gathered from this survey will help GLSEN inform education policymakers and the public about the right of all students to be treated with respect in their schools. Many students in the past have also used the survey information to advocate with their teachers and principals for safer schools for LGBTQ+ students. Who can take the survey If you attended high school or middle school sometime during the last school year (2020-2021), identify as LGBTQ+, and are at least 13 years old, share your experiences in school! You are eligible to take this survey if you attended school online, or in person, or a combination of the two. You are also eligible even if you attended school for only part of the year. The survey is completely anonymous.
Are you an LGBTQ+ student in high school or middle school?
Are you an educator, administrator, or parent?