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Minnesota GSA Network Leadership Council Application: 2019-2020
Thank you for your interest! THIS APPLICATION IS DUE MAY 13th, 2019.

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 bkelley@outfront.org

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!

Email address *
All About You
Your Chosen Name *
Your answer
Your Legal Name (if different from above)
This is the name you'd like us to use when talking to your parents/guardians, references etc.
Your answer
Pronouns *
We don't want to make any assumptions about your gender identity, so please let us know which pronouns we should use when referring to you.
Required
If your pronouns weren't listed above, please type them in here
Your answer
Gender
The MN GSA Network recognizes the harmful impacts of sexism and transphobia, and we prioritize the leadership of those most affected by gender-based oppression. Feminine, transgender, and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Please check all of the following that are part of your identity. *In case you're not sure, cisgender means that you identify with the sex you were assigned at birth. For example, if you were designated female at birth and you identify as a girl, you're cisgender. Therefore if you don't identify as transgender, you're cisgender.
Your answer
Sexual Orientation
The purpose of the MN GSA Network is to affirm and build power among LGBTQ youth! Individuals who are directly impacted by homophobia, biphobia, and other forms of oppression based on actual or perceived sexual orientation are strongly encouraged to apply. Please check all of the following that are part of your identity.
Your answer
Race/Ethnicity
The MN GSA Network prioritizes leadership from people most affected by injustice, especially racism. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We don't want to erase any part of your identity or force you to choose just one box! If you are multiracial, please share any and all that are part of your identity.
Your answer
Please add in anything else you'd like to share about your racial, ethnic, and/or cultural background.
Your answer
How old will you be on September 1, 2018? *
*It's ok if you'll be 19, as long as you'll still be in high school or seeking a GED
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Will your guardian/parent/grown up grant you permission to be a part of the council?
Your answer
Mailing Address - please include city & zip code *
Your answer
Email Address *
Your answer
Best phone number to reach you *
Your answer
That number is *
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Is there anything about your family or your living situation that you'd like to share?
Your answer
School Info
School you will attend during the 2018-19 school year *
Your answer
This is a *
Please check all that apply
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Grade you'll be in at the start of the 2018-19 school year *
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Stuff You Do
We want to get to know you! So please give us a better idea of who you are and what you're interested in by including any current and past activities that you've been involved with.

Any school-based sports, clubs, or activities that you've been part of?
Please include your role and how long you were involved.
Your answer
Any volunteer experiences? On your own or with community or faith-based organizations?
Please include your role and how long you were involved.
Your answer
Please check all of the following that you have experience and/or a strong interest in
Do you have a job?
If so, where do you work?
Your answer
If you have a job, approximately how many hours per week will you work during the 2018-19 school year?
Your answer
How do you usually get around? Please check all that apply. *
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Is there anything else you'd like to share about your transportation situation?
Your answer
Availability Preferences
Days/times that you would be available to meet. Please check all that apply. *
We will choose one evening to be our once-per-month weeknight meeting, and have one Saturday weekend meeting per month. We realize that you may not know exactly what your schedule will be, but please mark the options that would likely work for you.
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Anything specific you'd like us to know about your schedule?
Your answer
We want to get to know you EVEN better! Please answer these 4 QUESTIONS and email them to Blaine Kelley at OutFront Minnesota.
Please type your answers into a Word Document or PDF and be as specific and descriptive as you can be. Max length is 3 pages, but it doesn't have to be that long. Please double space. When complete, email your Word Doc or PDF as an attachment to bkelley@outfront.org with your name & "GSA Leadership Council Application" in the subject line.

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?

I have read this form entirely. I understand that my application is not complete until I send answers to the three questions above. *
Required
Electronic Signature *
Please type your full, chosen name to verify that you have answered these questions for yourself, to the best of your ability.
Your answer
If you have any questions or concerns...
please contact Blaine Kelley at OutFront Minnesota
bkelley@outfront.org

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.

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