The 2014- 2015 GSA school year has gotten off to a great start! The Alliance is happy to announce two new Middle school GSAs at Haven Middle school in Evanston Illinois, as well as Huntley Middle School in DeKalb Illinois. The addition of these GSAs brings the number of GSAs in Middle schools to 5 in the state of Illinois.

By LAURA McALPINE

I heard the news as I drove my daughter, Amalia, to school. Matthew Shepard died in the ICU, 6 days after being left beaten on a fence post.  I watched her run out of the car embracing her first-grade friends with childish glee. Chicago Public School classmates of all different ethnicities, backgrounds, families, and traditions. I knew that Matthew’s murder was not an aberration, but it was particularly brutal and traumatic.

Governor Rauner, in his inaugural address, said that schools were his priority, that he wants Illinois to be a state where “children are inspired by their schools”.  It is hard to be inspired at school when you’re subjected to harassment, intimidation and discrimination. It is for those reasons that we are disappointed that Governor Rauner has nominated Reverend James Meeks to lead the Illinois State Board of Education.  

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Open Position: Communications & Development Manager

Major responsibilities for this position include, under the supervision of the Development & Operations Director:

Implement and manage communications activities that promote the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, enhance its image, and advance the mission and vision of the organization through press outreach, public speaking, electronic and print publications, and promotional materials that grow the Alliance’s resources and improve its visibility to the community and to funders.

Implement and manage fundraising and development activities that incorporate a strategic combination of donor cultivation, direct mail solicitation, major donor appeal, philanthropy/giving, sponsorship, and fund raising event activities aimed at individuals, families, businesses, institutional funders, and corporations.

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By LAURA McALPINE

I heard the news as I drove my daughter, Amalia, to school. Matthew Shepard died in the ICU, 6 days after being left beaten on a fence post.  I watched her run out of the car embracing her first-grade friends with childish glee. Chicago Public School classmates of all different ethnicities, backgrounds, families, and traditions. I knew that Matthew’s murder was not an aberration, but it was particularly brutal and traumatic.

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Convening young people from all over the state, the Alliance creates a forum for students to inform, participate in and lead the Illinois LGBTQ safe schools movement.

Providing public education on sexual orientation and gender identity topics across the state of Illinois, the Alliance’s “Safety for All” framework addresses sexual orientation and gender identity

Recognizing the importance of inclusive policies within educational entities and human rights agencies, the Alliance works on policy advocacy initiatives with schools, school districts and governme

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Major responsibilities for this position include, under the supervision of the Development & Operations Director:

Implement and manage communications activities that promote the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, enhance its image, and advance the mission and vision of the organization through press outreach, public speaking, electronic and print publications, and promotional materials that grow the Alliance’s resources and improve its visibility to the community and to funders.

Implement and manage fundraising and development activities that incorporate a strategic combination of donor cultivation, direct mail solicitation, major donor appeal, philanthropy/giving, sponsorship, and fund raising event activities aimed at individuals, families, businesses, institutional funders, and corporations.

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