On Saturday August 11th, 2012, Kaleidoscope hosted our very first GSA Summit here in Columbus. Over the 2011-2012 school year our GSA network, called KYC Connect, grew from approximately seven GSAs to 33 GSAs and we had attendees at our summit representing ten different schools. The GSA Summit included training youth to be leaders, empowering them to provide their own insights on important issues, equipping youth with the tools that they need to make a difference in their schools and making sure that youth are aware of the supports at their disposal.
Like all KYC programs, the GSA Summit is FREE for all participants.
So how did we do? One youth participant was so excited that he evaluated the summit a twelve in all aspects on a scale from one to five! When asked directly how the GSA Summit was helpful another participant commented, “It energized me to occupy a more active role in the LGBT community.”
"As part of theNational
Association of GSA Networks, I connect with so many amazing people and
organizations from around the country dedicated to GSA organizing," noted
Latreece Whitfield, Network Program Coordinator. "Being able to
discuss best practices, share success, and dialog about some of the challenges
with this work is critical and the benefits show in the work happening here in