So there's this conference. It's not just any conference, folks, it's Teaching Respect for All 2004 [TRA 2004], which is GLSEN's [Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network] national conference. This year it will be taking place in Washington, DC on the lovely American University campus from July 16th-18th, with an optional day of action on Monday July 19th. This conference is for people of all ages and all everything elses- it's for anyone who wants to learn how to make schools safer for all in a variety of ways. There are four paths, which we at GLSEN are calling tracks, for people who attend to participate in. The first is Teacher Training, which will teach particpants how to better educate teacher and school staff on LGBT issues. Another is Chapter Organizing 101 for people wishing to start a new GLSEN chapter in their area or for people who are going to take on a new leadership position within a pre-existing one. Another is Issue Campaigns, for people who want to learn more about how to influence safe schools legislation and policies. The final track is the Student Organizing/Jumpstart Leadership Team track, which is for high school students [the other 3 are intergenerational] who are accepted to be on GLSEN's Jumpstart Leadership Team. The Jumpstart Team is a student team on which the members assist student organizers around the country and work toward te creation and maintenance of gay-atraight alliances and related student clubs in their areas. A seperate application is required to be on Jumpstart. Would you like to apply for this excellent conference? Of course you would! Click here for that!. If that doesn't come out right, here's that web address again http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/1613.html . Also, if you're concerned about the price, financial aid is availible for those who need it, so don't let that stop you from applying. I hope to see you there!!
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