National Association Agency Agreement
GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
In 2005, GSA Network invited allied organizations to participate in a national network that continues to build the movement of trans and queer youth leaders and allies to claim safer spaces in their school communities and to build power for youth led advocacy. Today, Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network has expanded its national network to include local organizations in over 41 different states throughout the US and territories. The strength of our national network relies on the strength of our local partners. All members of our network are autonomous, bound together in a collective vision for LGBTQ youth empowerment and liberation.
Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network Theory of Change
GSA Network operates with a theory of change that locates the local and most vulnerable at the center. We believe local climate change (GSAs) impact local social change, which impact policy and broader social change.
To build power for LGBTQI+ youth of color at a local, state and national level, we first build a network of GSAs and base of active LGBTQI+ youth leaders and their allies. We then train a cadre of young people to educate and train other youth in their schools and local communities. Finally, we bring together these youth voices with the power to advocate for LGBTQI+ rights and achieve policy change. GSA clubs, led by GSA Network trained leaders, hold schools accountable to ensure that policies are being followed and change realized.
This theory extends to our national model of working in which we believe that in order to build sustainable change it must start and end within our local communities and must be intertwined with racial and gender justice work that seeks to empower trans, queer, and gender expansive youth of color. As a national organization we work to support the base building and social change capacity of our member groups.
GSA’s 4 Justice Principles of our Movement - Uniting for Racial and Gender Justice
GSA Network adopted a new tagline on April 20th 2016: trans and queer youth uniting for racial and gender justice. In order to build a deeper more transformative GSA movement we need organizations affiliated with the national work to agree to and apply these values on justice locally in order to be aligned with our national platform of work.
Organizations that join the National Association of GSA Networks agree to the following basic principles around creating an LGBTQI+ youth movement for racial and gender justice:
We need to have a critical analysis of how structures in this country uphold white supremacy and we need to know how to challenge all of those.
Racial Justice is a crucial element of Gender Justice and we have to develop strategies that address the ways that white supremacy impacts our Gender Justice work.
*As a national organization, we do not know what all of these principles will look like in every community and would work with partner organizations to help define them while also keeping alignment to our principles and theory of change.
Membership Benefits and Technical Assistance
GSA Network is dedicated to strengthening the work and capacity of local organizations and organizers serving trans and queer youth. Drawing on and adapting the models, curriculum, and lessons learned from the GSA Network of California as well as the extensive expertise of our members, we provide our organizational partners with a broad range of ongoing training and technical assistance. GSA Network will also work with local partners to develop new curriculum, programs, and models that better fit the various communities we and our partner organizations work with.
Each member organization of the National Association is actively working with local GSA youth leaders and should join the National Association in order to enhance the work they are already doing with trans and queer youth of color.
GSA Network works to secure our own funding to provide regional organizing training, capacity building, and technical assistance so that our staff may work alongside member organizations to:
2020-2021 Current Requirements for being a member of the National Association of GSA Networks
Requirements will be updated based on agreement of current membership to ensure alignment, cohesion and equity
By signing below, my organization agrees to the membership criteria and requirements for the National Association of GSA Networks as outlined above. The dedicated staff member working with GSA/LGBTQI+ youth organizing projects and the Executive Director or Board Member of the Organization must complete this agreement.
I understand that GSA Network will revoke user access to the National GSA database in the event of any changes to employment or position within the organization. And that it is my responsibility to notify GSA Network of any such changes within one week to ensure the security and safety of the database.
I also understand that this Member Affiliation Agreement lasts up to 3 years.
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