Every year, GSA Network hosts GAYLA, the GSA Advocacy & Youth Leadership Academy. This year, GSA Network is hosting three regional GAYLAs to train young people in the Central Valley, Northern California, and Southern California in advocacy organizing on local and statewide issues.
GAYLA participants will gain valuable leadership experience through a full day of training and advocacy activities to enhance their understanding on how legislation and policy affect our daily lives.
The trainings will happen throughout the state during the month of April:
- GSA Network in Northern CA held its advocacy training day on Saturday April 9, 2016 in Oakland. Read our blog about the event!
- GSA Network in the Central Valley will hold its Advocacy Training in conjunction with their annual youth conference Expression Not Suppression (ENS). ENS is planned for April 23, 2016 in Fresno.
- GSA Network in Southern California will hold its Advocacy Training Day on Saturday April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles
Details of location and time will follow if you accepted to attend.
1. A young person between the ages 14-18
2. Committed to creating statewide and local change for LGBTQ youth and fighting homophobia and transphobia in schools and communities, specifically with a focus on advocacy, policy change, school climate and racial justice.
Apply here for the Southern CA GAYLA!
To attend GAYLA, students must apply and be accepted.
Who should apply?
- Youth (age 18 and under) who are interested in making their schools safer for LGBT students should apply.
- You must attend a California middle school or high school.
- We are especially looking for students who are high school juniors or younger, since GAYLA youth often work on a campaign that continues into the next school year.
- Middle school students can also apply.
- Youth of color, low-income youth, and transgender and gender non-conforming youth are strongly encouraged to apply.
GAYLA 2016 is organized and sponsored by:
After being a leader at GAYLA, students are encouraged to continue advocating for LGBTQ youth in schools by:
- Training members of your GSA in advocacy skills.
- Serving as a media spokesperson in your region on GSA, safer schools, and LGBTQ youth issues.
- Making follow-up calls or visits with your lawmakers.
- Joining the GSA Network’s Statewide Advocacy Council .
- Organizing & participating in a campaign during the following school year to advocate for full implementation of the gender identity non-discrimination law in California schools, which may include visits with lawmakers and education officials, rallies, letter-writing campaigns, and speak-outs in your area.
GAYLA 2012 was held on April 29-May 1 in Sacramento.
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2012 .
GAYLA 2011 was held on April 1-4, 2011 in Sacramento.
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2011 .
GAYLA 2010 was held on April 23-26, 2010 in Sacramento.
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2010 .
See quotes and photos from previous years below.