Board Member at Large Application Form

AGENCY MISSION: To foster resilience in LGBTQ+ youth and create a safe and positive school experience through support, education and empowerment.

OUR VISION:
LGBTQ+ youth will be empowered to self-advocate, build community, develop confidence, and easily access resources as they explore and develop their identities. School will be a positive and supportive space where LGBTQ+ youth are accepted and celebrated – free to learn without violence, harassment, discrimination, suicidal ideation or self- harm.

Pizza Klatch offers weekly support groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth (LGBTQ) and their allies in Thurston County, Washington. PK provides free pizza, two trained facilitators for each group, and a convenient and safe forum for discussion and education. Presently there are 20 Pizza Klatch groups at 12 local high schools, attended by 8-29 students per lunch. Approximately 250-300 youth per week are served throughout Thurston County.

ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS:

• Decrease suicide and suicidal attempts of LGBTQ+ students.
• Reduce bullying in schools, reduce self-harm and risky behavior.
• Help students to feel strong enough to intervene when they witness bullying.
• Lend support so that LGBTQ+ students feel less isolated in the school setting and will be more apt to graduate.
• Pizza Klatch staff and volunteers represent the full diversity of students we serve, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, intersecting identities, and lived experience.
• Educate group members on various subjects and resources related to gender identity, sexual orientation, and social justice.

The ideal candidate will:
• Serve Board needs, including policy development, budget review, committee work, and community outreach, by committing time, capacity, and skill.
• Represent the diversity of our student participants across gender and sexual identities, race, ability, socio-economic status, and/or other intersectional identities.
• Possess specific skills to serve Board goals, such as nonprofit board leadership, fundraising, outreach, communications and media, human resources and policy development, legal expertise, finance and marketing.
• Advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ people of color, Two-Spirit and transgender people, particularly those with intersectional identities.
• Support people with diverse cultural affiliations and abilities, especially traditionally underserved communities.
• Maintain a commitment to personal and professional anti-oppression work.
• Commit to and practice self-care for the purpose of maintaining personal and professional health.
• Contribute to a respectful and safe environment where Pizza Klatch staff, volunteers, community members and those receiving services can offer constructive feedback and where each person may grow professionally and personally.

Responsibilities:
• Attend monthly board meetings (currently held the second Tuesday of every month).
• Participate on a committee of your choosing (Finance, Fundraising, Board Development, or if elected to serve as Board President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer-attend Executive Committee Meetings).
• Represent the backgrounds and make-up of the youth who attend our support groups.
• Read and respond to board emails and other communications.
• Attend required trainings, including at least one facilitator and one in-school group meeting per year.
• Be fully engaged in the happenings of the organization and willing to answer questions from those in the community.
• Participate in thoughtful and meaningful dialogue with the continued goal of holding true to Pizza Klatch’s Mission, Vision, and Values.
• Be willing and able to work with a diverse group of individuals in a respectful manner.
• Commit to between 4-8 hours per month of Board meeting attendance and preparation, as well as committee work and outreach.


ELECTED BY
Board of Directors

TERM LENGTH
• 3 years
• Board Members are eligible for reelection

TIME COMMITMENT
• Monthly 2 hour meetings;
• 5-15 additional hours per month required for committee work and other board commitments.

REPORTS TO
President of the Board

BUDGET SUPPORT
Limited

Please complete this application form and send a complete resume to boarddev@pizzaklatch.org.

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