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7th Annual Gayla!

Please join us for the 7th Annual GAYLA!

Presented by Make it Better 4 Youth and our hosts Middletown High School South
900 Nutswamp Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
Friday June 9
7-10pm
Dinner and DJ
$20
Middletown High School South

Students are to be picked up no later than 10:15 pm.

Students attending MUST do both of the following:

1. Fill out the form below to let us know you are coming. We need this so we can plan our evening.
2. Fill in this permission slip and submit before or evening of dance. (Scan and email or print and fill out.) We can’t impress upon you the importance of this; you MUST have a signed form to enter.

Join us for a fun-filled evening with friends and allies around our region.. each year people show up with old friends, and leaving having met new ones!

Questions? prom@makeitbetteryouth.org

REGISTRATION:

All Gender and GNC Bathroom Signs

Recently, I happened across a wonderful company which was working with colleges and some other schools by manufacturing and providing all-gender or gender neutral signage for public restrooms. These ADA compliant signs help signify to our trans* and gender nonconforming community that the bathrooms are for all. They also come in many colors, allowing for schools to unify signage across an entire school building.

Thank you to mydoorsign.com!

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One Day. One Cause. Five Locations.

NEW JERSEY AIDS WALK: May 4, 2014

The NJ AIDS Walk is a collaborative effort of the state’s leading HIV/AIDS service and support programs. On SUNDAY, MAY 4TH, 2014 in 5 locations across NJ, at exactly the same time of day, thousands of people will walk in solidarity in support of people living with HIV/AIDS in our area. There are more than 35,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in NJ. Please join us in fighting this pandemic by walking with us in the 2014 NJ AIDS Walk.  Start your own team or join an existing team. Let’s do this!

To this end, we share with you a letter from our community member Father Bob Kaeding:

Dear Friends,

PLEASE WALK WITH US! ORGANIZE A TEAM! SUPPORT A TEAM!

On May 4, 2014, thousands upon thousands of people will walk in solidarity across the state of New Jersey in an effort to raise funds and awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS. We are kindly requesting that you organize a team and join us for the NJ AIDS Walk. Our Team Leaders are the heart and soul of AIDS Walk New Jersey and last year, team fundraising accounted for 65% of the total raised AIDS Walk dollars!

Please organize a Team of friends, family members, coworkers, fellow students, or religious/civic organization members. Pre-register at njaidswalk.org and follow the simple directions below to raise money for 2014 NJ AIDS Walk.

Go online to njaidswalk.org and click on: get involved; Asbury Park; Register Here; Agree to Waiver/Agreement; Start a Team. After you have set up your team, choose to send your team announcement to one/all of your social medias.

PRIZES FOR THE TOP ASBURY PARK FUNDRAISERS: TWO Round Trip Airline tickets in the contiguous United States will be awarded to the Top Individual Fundraiser and the Top Team Leader Fundraiser.

Good luck and thank you for supporting the 2014 New Jersey AIDS Walk. Do not hesitate to call us at 732-774-3416 (x21) with any questions.

Sincerely,

Father Robert Kaeding

Executive Director

The Center in Asbury Park

806 3rd Ave.

Asbury Park, NJ 07712

 

RHS GSA’s Annual Poetry Jam

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover”

Wednesday, April 9th

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Raritan High School Cafeteria

Come enjoy a warm, engaging atmosphere where you can soak in the beauty and inspiration of poetry!

Tickets:

$5 in advance

$6 at the door

Poetry Readers Enter for FREE!

Students Talk Back: Former Scarlet Knights Coach Mike Rice and Area Youth on 20/20

Local GLSEN student leaders and GSA members talk with Mike Rice, former Rutgers University Basketball coach this Friday night, November 8th 10pm on ABC’s 20/20. The discussion will cover leadership, the power of our words, and more. Please tune in to witness this important conversation. The former Scarlet Knight coach apologizes and

GLSEN Central Jersey chapter helped organize this event, and leader Carol Watchler had this to say to the youth present:
“I just want to tell you what a phenomenal group they were yesterday morning. Your questions and comments were insightful, well-stated and very to the point. Little did I know that you would also demonstrate some amazing skills on the basketball court, too.”

Broadcast information: Friday November 8th at 10pm (ET) on ABC affiliates nationally.

GSA Forum!

Screen Shot 2013-11-03 at 1.24.39 PMIt’s that time of year again, where students from all over New Jersey convene to listen, learn, and provide meaningful support to their LGBTQ peers and allies. The 10th annual NJ GSA Forum will be taking place on Saturday November 16th at the South Brunswick High School.

This year’s keynote is with Ash Beckham, LGBTQ activist, who was made famous for the talk given at IGNITE! Boulder. wWe are more than tickled to have such strong leadership and support with us this year.

We also have special guest James Clementi from the Tyler Clementi Foundation joining us.
Register yourself, your students and GSA! We will see you there!

Saturday, November 16, 9am-4pm
South Brunswick High School
Rutgers UBHC/Bridge Center
750 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction NJ

Lend a Hand: Needs Assessment Survey for Make it Better

Make It Better 4 Youth has endeavored to provide safe, open, and fun events and opportunities for LGBTQ identified students and their allies. We need your input going forward. Please take a few minutes to helps us by participating in a short survey. We need to know what we already do for you and what we can do for you going forward.
Three different surveys can be taken from these links: one for parents, one for students, and one for concerned community members and educators.

STUDENT SURVEY

PARENT SURVEY

COMMUNITY SURVEY

Questions?
info@makeitbetter4youth.org

Stay in touch with us!
Are you an adviser to a GSA in your school or institution? Do yo know someone who is? Do you want to start one and wish to talk to others who have some experience? Our network of GSA leaders and advisers are available for your questions and to lend a hand. Give us a shout:
info@makeitbetter4youth.org

Want to host an event or help the Consortium?
Do you have an idea for an event that will benefit LGBTQI students? Are you a business or individual who would like to donate products or services for upcoming events? Please let us know!
info@makeitbetter4youth.org

May 5th: Walk for the Cure, Join the NJ AIDS Walk

The NJ AIDS Walk is a collaborative effort of the state’s leading HIV/AIDS service and support programs. On SUNDAY, MAY 5TH, 2013 in 5 locations across NJ, at exactly the same time of day, thousands of people will walk in solidarity in support of people living with HIV/AIDS in our area. There are more than 35,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in NJ. Please join us in fighting this pandemic by walking with us in the 2013 NJ AIDS Walk. (Visit NJAIDSWalk.org for more information)

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Time: Registration: 11:00 am
Walk Starts: 1:30 pm
Location: The Center in Asbury Park
806 Third Ave,
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

May 15: Raritan HS’s GSA presents the 4th Annual Poetry Slam!

Get ready to jam at Raritan H.S. GSA’s
4th ANNUAL Poetry Slam!

May 15th @ 6:30 pm
Only $6/person

Listen to cool poems! Listen to cool readers!

Chill with words that:
• Wrap around you
• Warm you
• Crack you up
• Move you to tears
• Bring out our humanity

Raritan H.S. Cafeteria, 419 middle road, Hazlet
(contact lskop@hazlet.org for more info)

Sponsored by the Gay Straight Alliance at RHS

May 10th 2013: GAYLA! 3rd Annual GSA Prom

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The 3rd Annual GSA Prom
May 10, 7-10pm
Location: Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
74 Ridge Road, Rumson NJ
$20, payable in advance or at the door
Cash, Check or Money Order to Make it Better for Youth

Check us out on Facebook!

Event information or questions?
Contact Kate Okeson, prom@makeitbetter4youth.org

Students are to be picked up no later than 10:15 pm.

Students attending please do one of the following:
Fill in the form below and submit or follow GAYLA permission slip to fill out, sign and bring to the dance.