Read on for more info, but first an IMPORTANT NOTE:
Your application will be complete once you fill out this online form AND email your answers to the essay questions (found at the end of this application) to OutFront Minnesota's Youth & Schools Program Coordinator, Blaine Kelley at email@example.com
BACKGROUND:This Leadership Council directs the goals and activities of the Minnesota Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Network. This program, currently in its third year, provides LGBTQ youth and allies with unique opportunities to connect with peers, share ideas, build relationships, learn about LGBTQ history and culture, educate classmates and school staff, and plan fun events. Most importantly, GSA Leadership Council members learn how to mobilize their peers and build youth power to make schools and communities more equitable & affirming. There are up to 16 spots available on the Leadership Council, but the size varies from year to year.
If you will be between the ages of 14-19 at the beginning of next school year (2019-20) but have not yet graduated from high school, you are eligible to apply for a position on the Leadership Council.
If selected, you commit to an 11-month term that begins in June and concludes the following April. We meet twice a month (once on a Saturday and once on a weeknight). Members are expected to attend meetings and make the Leadership Council an extracurricular priority. Absences should be few and far between with clear communication about issues and challenges as they arise.
Weekend meetings take place once per month on a Saturday at OutFront's Offices located in South Minneapolis, all members attend in person, and we provide gas card reimbursements for members who live more than 35 miles away. When we meet during the week at our offices, members who live outside the metro area can join us via video conference call. It's very important to have statewide representation on this Leadership Council, so please don't let living in Greater Minnesota deter you from applying! All meetings include a meal.
Applicants should be active members of a GSA or other LGBTQ youth group and have approximately 8-10 hours per month to devote to Leadership Council activities. You don't need to have a formal leadership position within your group (like president) in order to apply. In fact, if you're interested in STARTING a GSA at your school, you are also highly encouraged to apply!
1. Please describe the experiences and/or people who have influenced your desire to be part of the MN GSA Leadership Council?
2. Please describe some ideas, skills, or values that you can contribute to the Leadership Council?
3. What do you hope to learn by joining this Leadership Council?
4. Will you be comfortable partaking in a video or phone call interview with Blaine and former leadership council members?
Applications are due May 13th. We will contact you within two weeks of that date to give you an update about the application process.
We will announce the 2019-20 Leadership Council in the beginning of June. Meetings will start soon thereafter and During the initial meeting, we'll discuss and set the meeting schedule for the rest of the year.