November 12, 2010
VOLUNTEER ROLES IN THE SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Volunteers are encouraged to take on multiple roles within the program. Some duties will include:
Curriculum Development. Volunteers will help design and implement new program curriculum and activities.
Community Outreach. Volunteers will research potential contacts within the school system (receptive teachers, counselors, GSA sponsors, etc.). They will obtain phone numbers/emails for our database, and contact those who may be interested in inviting us into the classroom. This role is vital to keeping the Safe Schools Program active.
Op-Ed Writers. We encourage Safe Schools staff to write opinion pieces for submission to local publications. Topics may vary, from LGBTQ teen suicide, to protesting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” TCRP is happy to assist in article submission.
Classroom Facilitators. This is one of the most important roles within the project. Facilitators will conduct activities in the classroom and promote positive, healthy discussion. Facilitators should have previous classroom experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to handle difficult discussions and student behavior. Facilitators do not need to identify as an LGBTQ individual. They do, however, need to be available at least once a month during school hours.
Guest Speakers. We include 2 guest speakers in every class presentation. Guest speakers should identify themselves as a LGBTQ person and be willing to discuss their personal experiences in a classroom setting. Some topics may include: a coming out story, harassment/bullying they may have experienced (especially in high school), stereotypes, and how they are affected by them, etc. Pictures and stories are encouraged to illustrate points. Guest speakers should be available at least once a month during school hours. We hope to include as many diverse people and stories as possible.
For more information on how to get involved, contact Amanda Hill, Amanda@texascivilrightsproject.org. 1405 MONTOPOLIS DRIVE AUSTIN, TX 78741 PHONE: 512.474.5073 ext. 102 FAX: 512.474.0726