WHAT IS A GSA?

 

Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSA’s), are student-led groups that strive to make their schools safer for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth. The role of a GSA can be varied depending upon what the needs are in a specific school. They can be a safe and affirming space for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to make friends and receive support, fundraising efforts for activities, or activism and awareness groups that advocate for a more inclusive, safer school for 2SLGBTQIA+ students. 

STARTING A GSA

  • 01

    KNOW YOUR SCHOOL'S REQUIREMENTS 

    ... for starting student groups/clubs. Ask an administrator, review the student handbook, or ask another student-led group!

  • 02

    FIND AN ADVISOR

    A GSA advisor is typically a safe adult in the school that is an ally to 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.

  • 03

    INFORM ADMINISTRATION

    Under policy, GSA’s cannot be denied in schools, but if you receive resistance from administration reach out to The Youth Project.

  • 04

    FIND A MEETING TIME AND PLACE

    Ideally, find a space that is accessible and safe to meet over lunch hour or after school - such as the Guidance Counsellors office, the Youth Health Nurse office, or the classroom of the GSA advisor

  • 05

    ADVERTISE

    Tell your friends, make posters, request promotion over the announcements!

WHAT CAN A GSA DO?

SUPPORT

A safe discussion and hang out space for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth

SOCIAL OPPORTUNITY

Plan fun events, attend Youth Project programming and Queer Prom together

ADVOCACY

Celebrate 2SLGBTQIA+ dates in your school, campaign for gender neutral washrooms and changing spaces, push for the inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ content in curriculum, and more!

EDUCATION

Spread awareness in your school by creating posters, display boards, and speaking to classrooms

HOW TO HOLD A MEETING

  • 01

    CREATE AN AGENDA

    This is a list of topics you would like to discuss at your meeting and can be created collaboratively with everyone in your GSA. Take minutes and note action items (these are tasks that people volunteer to complete).

  • 02

    ASSIGN A MEETING FACILITATOR

    They will make sure everyone stays on task and keep track of the order that people want to speak.

  • 03

    INTRODUCTIONS

    Circle up! Ask people to share their name and pronouns
    Come up with a fun check-in question - for example, “if you were weather, what would you be today?”.

  • 04

    CREATE GUIDELINES FOR YOUR GSA

    Expectations that can be referred back to at the start of each meeting that GSA members should adhere to so that the space is positive, comfortable, and respectful. For example: use "I" statements, be mindful of confidentiality, right to pass, etc.!

  • 05

    ICE BREAKERS

    These are helpful activities to start conversation and get everyone comfortable with each other!

GSA WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

The Youth Project would love to virtually visit your GSA! Please fill out the form to organize a visit. We can help GSA’s get started, teach them how to run meetings, facilitate goal-setting activities, train GSA leaders to do workshops in their school, etc! 

NOVA SCOTIA YOUTH PROJECT VIRTUAL GENDER-SEXUALITY ALLIANCE NETWORK

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