Educational Institutions

Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools Incorporated

  • Madison, WI
  • www.gsafewi.org

Mission Statement

Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools increases the capacity of LGBTQ students, educators, and families to create schools in Wisconsin where all youth thrive. We do this by:

*Developing the leadership of LGBTQ students,
*Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances,
*Training educational staff on creating safe and supportive school communities,
*Advancing educational justice, and
*Deepening racial, gender, and social justice.

Main Programs

  1. Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances
  2. Training Educators
  3. Advancing Educational Justice
  4. Deepening Racial Justice
  5. Deepening Gender Justice
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

We serve the entire state of Wisconsin

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Kristen Petroshius

Co-Director since 2011

Self-reported

Brian Juchems

Keywords

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lgbt schools wisconsin education

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Also Known As

GSAFE

EIN

20-4088208

 Number

3587530476

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances

GSAFE supports over 150 Gay-Straight Alliances and similarly-focused student groups in Wisconsin. We support the development of emerging GSAs at both the high school and middle school levels and support GSAs when they encounter discrimination and/or resistance from their school community. GSA members engage in youth leadership development activities through participation in our fall and spring GSA conferences as well as through the use of curriculum we send to Wisconsin GSAs. In addition to supporting youth, we also support GSA advisors and other school staff and administrators.

Category

Youth Leadership

Population(s) Served

Gays/Lesbians

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$94,181.00

Program 2

Training Educators

In partnership with Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, GSAFE trains educators, administrators, student services staff, and after-school program staff across Wisconsin on how to create safe and supportive school environments for LGBTQ youth. Our trainings focus on building the competency and confidence of individual staff as well as whole districts to develop and implement CDC-recommended best practices for creating safe and supportive school environments for this youth population, including creating and supporting Gay-Straight Alliances, creating “Safe Zones” where anti-LGBTQ language and behaviors are addressed, passing and implementing comprehensive protections and procedures, and incorporating inclusive curriculum and resource into the school and classroom community.

GSAFE trainings provide audiences with a foundational understanding of terminology and concepts related to LGBTQ youth as well as use local and national data to highlight needs and support district-specific strategies. We strive to provide audiences with safe, engaging, and relaxed learning environment to ask questions and practice new skills and strategies.

Category

Partnerships in Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$130,000.00

Program 3

Advancing Educational Justice

GSAFE is the host organization for the Wisconsin Educational Justice Coalition, a coalitoin of organizations that focus on youth leadership, organizing, and systemic change in education by and for those most impacted by school pushout - youth of color, low-income youth, immigrant/migrant youth, Native American youth, youth with disabilities, and LGBTQ youth. The coalition uses community education and advocacy to end school pushout in Wisconsin.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$54,213.00

Program 4

Deepening Racial Justice

Because GSAFE committed to helping all LGBTQ students thrive, we have developed a collaborative program to build peer support and leadership among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) and ally high school students of color in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). The Racial Justice Program focuses on building the leadership of LGBTQ and ally youth of color, improving school climate for LGBTQ youth of color, and advocating for policy solutions that will improve health and educational outcomes for all youth of color, including LGBTQ youth of color.

The Racial Justice Program consists of the following:

*LGBTQ-inclusive student leadership group, Youth Empowering Students, which advocates for systems-level change within MMSD to address racial and LGBTQ disparities
*Foundations of Leadership course, focused on building the leadership of 9th and 10th grade students from across MMSD high schools. The course is inclusive of racial justice, LGBTQ issues, and social justice. Foundations of Leadership also includes monthly meetings of students with adult mentors.
*LGBTQ Youth of Color Leadership Conference and Leadership Training Institute
*Student leader trainings with student of color clubs (e.g. Black Student Unions, Latinos Unidos, Asian Clubs, etc.) on creating safe and supportive environments for LGBTQ students.

Category

Youth Leadership

Population(s) Served

Gays/Lesbians

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

None

Budget

$85,430.00

Program 5

Deepening Gender Justice

Our Gender Justice work has several components: Developing the leadership of trans* youth, advancing student non-discrimination policies that are inclusive of gender identity/expression, and engaging in research about the experiences of trans* youth in Wisconsin public schools.

Category

Youth Leadership

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

None

Budget

$111,760.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

We serve the entire state of Wisconsin

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GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE FOR SAFE SCHOOLS INCORPORATED
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools Incorporated

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Kristen Petroshius

Co-Director

Brian Juchems

BIO

Kristen Petroshius serves as GSAFE’s Director of Administration and Development. She brings to GSAFE her experience organizing around issues of homelessness, immigrant rights, and Indigenous land sovereignty as well as her skills as a racial justice education trainer. She is passionate about working at the intersections of racial justice and LGBTQ rights and appreciates the opportunity to use her leadership to help move GSAFE toward becoming a multiracial racial justice organization. She also serves as a member of Groundwork, a Madison-based racial justice organization that focuses on supporting people of color working for racial justice and promoting racial justice in white communities.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Bernie Hoes

Madison College

Term: May 2011 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?