Call for Board Applicants
Do you have a passion for safe schools? LGBT advocacy? Making learning spaces more welcoming for all students? This is the opportunity you've been looking for! We are seeking individuals who have demonstrated leadership in youth programming, community organizing, advocacy, and education. Board Members are the decision makers and ambassadors for creating safe schools throughout the Middle Tennessee region. We are a working Board of Directors and a 100% volunteer-led, non-profit organization.
- Have experience with non-profit or board involvement
- Be committed to the mission of creating safe schools for LGBT students
- Attend monthly board meetings (alternating in-person in Nashville and conference call)
- Participate in committee work for implemention and sustainability
- Reside in the Middle Tennessee region
- Pass a police background check
What do our chapter leaders do?
Student & Community Organizing | Our chapter leaders work with LGBT and ally K-12 students and Gay-Straight Alliances across the region to provide support for development, programming, and sustainability. Our youth programming is led by our Jump-Start Student Leadership Team, a group of energetic students who are leaders in their own schools and are committed to spreading the work of GLSEN. Our students and supporters engage in various activities throughout the year including Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, Ally Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, as well as other days of action and initiatives that support safe schools.
Policy & Advocacy | GLSEN's advocacy efforts occur on the macro level to influence state and federal laws, community ordinances, and local school board policies that create safer learning environments for LGBT youth. On the micro level, we frequently work directly with educators, counselors, school administrators, and other individuals to ensure the use of best practices for supporting LGBT students in schools and other institutions.
Education | Our chapter leaders can become certified by GLSEN's National Education Office to facilitate skill-building workshops and other educational and professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and other youth-serving individuals using the Safe Space curriculum and related programming. GLSEN's Safe Space campaign provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBT students, including how to educate about anti-LGBT bias.
Sustainability | GLSEN Middle Tennessee is entirely volunteer driven! Board members and volunteers must strive to meet annual fundraising goals to support the work of the chapter. 100% of funds raised are directed back into services and programs that support students. Most importantly, our chapter leaders must develop and maintain meaningful and fulfilling relationships with a diverse network of community partners in order to sustain our capacity to serve LGBT students across Middle Tennessee!