Youth & Schools
OutFront’s Youth & Schools Program exists to further our mission by promoting safe and supportive educational environments for ALL students. In addition to faculty and student body trainings, we focus on developing young leaders who we foster by centering the voices, needs, and priorities of LGBTQ+ youth. Racial, economic and gender justice comprise the core of our educational work.
What We Do
We support a statewide network of Gender & Sexuality Alliances in middle and high schools. We offer visits with GSAs including:
- Just Getting Started
- Intro to Gender & Trans Issues
- Intersections of Identity
- Beyond the Gender Basics
- Coming Out
- Healthy Relationships
MN GSA Leadership Council
We facilitate a year-long leadership program for a select group of GSA LGBTQ+ student leaders who meet twice a month for:
- Relationship Building
- Skill development
- LGBTQ+ Issue discussion
- Event planning
This Leadership Council plans and leads our annual Youth Summit for more than 500 LGBTQ+ students every spring. They also join OutFront staff as co-facilitators during trainings for educators.
School Guidance and Development
We provide technical assistance, networking, and support for school faculty and GSA advisors on LGBTQ+ issues.
What are GSA's?
GSAs are student-led groups that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) students. Traditionally, GSA has stood for Gay Straight Alliance, but in the context of this network, GSA stands for Gender and Sexuality Alliance to be clear that everyone is welcome no matter how you identify on the spectrum of gender and sexual orientation. If you want to start a GSA at your school email or call our Youth and Schools staff: email@example.com | 612.822.0127
What is the MN School Pride GSA network?
This network connects LGBTQA middle & high school groups around the state and provides youth and educators with support, education, relationship building, and leadership development opportunities. The network primarily consists of school-based GSAs, but faith and community-based groups for LGBTQA students ages 10-18 are also welcome to join.
We established the network in partnership with Out 4 Good in Minneapolis Public Schools and Out for Equity in St. Paul Public Schools. Support from the Minnesota Department of Education's School Safety Technical Assistance Center has helped the network grow and expand our connections with schools and educators.
What are the benefits of joining the network?
This network exists to build the capacity of LGBTQA students and educators to create schools where all youth can thrive. Members get access to resources, trainings, guest speakers, & fun events. OutFront staff also do regular, interactive visits with GSAs in the network. Some of the topics we offer include:
- Just Getting Started! How to make your GSA inclusive, effective, & fun!
- Understanding Gender and Being a Trans Ally
- Intersections of Identity: How race, culture, ability and other aspects of identity impact the LGBTQ experience
Our GSA Network is led by the MN GSA Network Leadership Council, a group of 20 students from different high schools around the state. They meet twice a month to set goals, gather resources, and plan activities for the network.
Each GSA also has two Student Leads who represent their GSA to the larger network. Student leads receive regular communication with ideas, resources, and tools for GSA organizing. They connect regularly with other Student Leads and Leadership Council members in person and online.
The Leadership Council, with the help of OutFront staff, plan the annual Youth Summit which brings more than 500 students and educators from across the state to collaborate and learn together. At the end of the day students get the opportunity to meet with their state legislators to talk about the issues that are important to them.
Youth Summit 2019
Reconnecting With Our Roots
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
8am-4pm | Saint Paul College | 235 Marshall Ave, St. Paul
Lead or Attend Workshops on:
Building collective power with LGBTQ+ youth across MN
Making schools safer for all identities
Centering youth stories to drive change
A topic of your choice!
The 2019 Youth Summit is a powerful event for students in grades 9-12. This event brings over 500 LGBTQ+ youth and allies together for leadership development, networking, and the chance to speak directly with state legislators about issues that matter to them. The day begins with an opening ceremony, speakers, and youth-led workshops. Adults will attend sessions on creating inclusive schools and best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth. After lunch, participants will head to the State Capitol for lobbying meetings with their legislators.
Total cost is $15 per person which includes lunch, materials, and parking vouchers. Scholarships are available for anyone in need. Last year’s Youth Summit was at capacity so register ASAP to reserve your spot!
Registration deadline is Feb 28th (extended to March 7), with workshop proposals due March 1st.
Teachers, we encourage you to bring a group of students and colleagues!
Students, sign up with your GSA, friends, or register to come on your own!
Thank you to our Youth Summit Community Leader sponsors!
The 2019 Outfront Minnesota Scholarship
The purpose of the OutFront Minnesota Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to graduating high school students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and plan on attending an institution of higher learning. This $12,000 scholarship will equal $3000 per annum paid out over four years. If the recipient attends college for less than four years, the scholarship will be shortened appropriately, e.g., if the recipient attends a two year college, the scholarship will be awarded for two years for a total of $6,000. Annual reviews will be conducted to ensure recipients are maintaining their academic standing and the scholarship may be terminated for failure to do so.
The founder of this scholarship program, Dan Livak, wanted to create a scholarship to help members of our community advance themselves through education. He started managing
on his own at 16, working full time while also maintaining a full high school and then college curriculum. Having to figure everything out without a support network can be difficult, and this scholarship program was created to help ease some of that stress, through financial aid and mentoring support.
To apply please fill out the online application: APPLY
For more information, please reach out to Junior Avalos at firstname.lastname@example.org