Queer Youth Updates

A weekly e-newsletter resource for Queer/Ally Youth of Santa Cruz County. A program of the Safe Schools Project.

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Queer, Trans & Ally Council FAQ

What does the Queer, Trans & Ally Youth Council (QTAYC) do?

  • Reaffirm or edit mission statement.
  • Serve as an advisory committee to the Queer Youth Task Force (QYTF).
  • Establish goals and objectives for the year.
  • Organize events, programs, or campaigns for queer and ally youth to complete within the academic year.

What exactly does being a member entail?

  • Commitment of attending regular meetings as a voting member and decision making advisor.
  • If a member chooses to be on a sub-committee or part of the leadership team, additional hours/meetings may be required.
  • Each sub-committee could decide if they want meetings to be in person or Zoom/Skype/FaceTime.
  • Sub-committees can include planning of queer youth events, summits, conferences, campaigns, or safe school initiatives such as LGBT curriculum, trainings for teachers or organizing a school assembly. They can also plan community efforts and initiatives for things like sports, houses of worship, and other social communities.

What is the time commitment?

  • 3-6 hours per month

Do I have an option to partake in meetings via Zoom/Skype/FaceTime rather than in person?

  • Yes, students have multiple options to partake in meetings. To strengthen community partnerships, it is greatly prefered that they attend in person; yet we are aware that students schedules may not allow.
  • For Zoom/Skype/Facetime, please RSVP at least 3 days prior to the meeting.

How are meeting days and times selected?

  • As the new team for QTAYC is established each academic year, a first meeting is scheduled to establish general approval of meeting location, how many times in the year the council wants to meet (monthly, every 6 weeks, or quarterly) and days and times.
  • For sub-committees, additional meetings will be determined within the sub-committees.