Have a little extra money this holiday season and want to give back? Looking for a charity that needs your help? Might we suggest GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)? GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. It’s a fact: 8 out of 10 LGBT students are still harassed at school each year because of who they are. GLSEN is working to change that.
Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
Their mission statement:
At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country — from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community — to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.
We conduct extensive and original research to inform our evidence-based solutions for K-12 education.
We author developmentally appropriate resources for educators to use throughout their school community.
We partner with decision makers to ensure that comprehensive and inclusive safe schools policies are considered, passed and implemented.
We partner with dozens of national education organizations to leverage our shared expertise into creating great schools and better opportunities for every student.
We empower students to affect change by supporting student-led efforts to positively impact their own schools and local communities.
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Everyday GLSEN, its programs, its chapters and its people touch the lives of a student someplace in this country.
The teenager in the cafeteria having the courage to walk past an army of tormentors. The transgender student agonizing about using the restroom. The ally that stands up and says enough. They all rely on GLSEN to provide the support, knowledge or resource to get through the day. They look for the Safe Space sticker and know there is an adult they can count on. Without GLSEN their lives would be very different.
In reality, each of these students count on you.
GLSEN relies on your support to provide a lifeline to every student whose sexual orientation or gender identity is used as a basis of harassment and violence. It is the thousands of individuals that give every year that have helped create GLSEN.
Give today and join the grassroots movement to ensure every student, no matter who they are, have the right to a safe and equal education.
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