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GAYLA! an Alternative Prom for LGBTQ Youth and Their Allies

On June 10th, Monmouth Regional High School in partnership with Make it Better for Youth and PFLAG will host GAYLA! an alternative prom for LGBTQI youth and their allies.

Where: Monmouth Regional High School, 1 Norman J. Field Way, Tinton Falls NJ 07724

When: June 10th, 7 – 11 pm

Cost: $25 per person, and includes food

You must be registered in advance to attend. Please download GAYLA 2011 Registration Form and follow the instructions to complete registration. If All questions can be directed to prom@makeitbetter4youth.org . Don’t forget to organize your GSA or student group to attend! Download GAYLA! posters now!

UPDATE: If you need a registration form that doesn’t specify the organization/purpose, please download this Dance Registration Form.

GSA Adviser Meet-up

The Make it Better for Youth Consortium will be hosting an important meet-up for GSA Advisers (teacher/faculty, not student leaders) on the 10th of May at 7pm in the Middletown South High School Library. We are asking for your involvement in this meeting as we take steps to solidify our mission and roles.

This year has been an exciting one – complete with a kick-off meeting drawing more interested people and organizations than we hoped for, an incredible dance in February, and currently finding ourselves in the middle of planning another spectacular event (Alternative Prom) for June.

Please plan on attending our very focused meeting on May 10th at 7pm to determine our trajectory for the next calendar year, as well as receive important information on the Alternative Prom.

For more information, please contact info@makeitbetter4youth.org .

A Journey of Courage in Song

On April 2, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park, The New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus will be ‘making it better’ through song. Joined by guests the Harrisburg Chorus, the NJGMC will be using song as a means to remember and honor those who have experienced pain and adversity.

Please join us for what we’re sure will be a moving performance. There will be a special exhibit pre-show of groups who support and provide resources for the GLBT community with special emphasis on those that work with youth.

You Made it Better!

The MAKE IT BETTER DANCE, held on February 6, 2011, at the Two River Theater was a resounding success. 120 teens age 13 – 19 from over 15 different schools came out for the big event!! They ate, got to meet new friends and danced to tunes provided by DJ Zero and her amazing team! The Two River Theater turned their black box theater into the craziest club ever!!

All of that was made possible by an incredible group of adult supporters who are committed to providing positive, safe and entertaining social opportunities for our LGBT youth and their friends. To let the students know how just much support is out there, we have put together a list of all those who contributed time, money, food, space and a whole bunch of other stuff!

Here is the MAKE IT BETTER list of supporters:

THE TWO RIVER THEATER
Kate Cordaro, Director of Education
Brian Holland, Director of Audience Services
Rob Stawicki, Technician
Anne Keefe, Institutional Giving Associate
Bree Mahoney, Assistant House Manager
Jeremy Stoller, Literary Manager
Anne Marie Nest, Front of House Manager
Dan Montano, Lighting and Sound Supervisor
Dorothy Braniff, Special Events Manager

Jersey Shore PFLAG
Abby Maisonave, President (Ocean County)
Dena Reger, Vice President (Monmouth County)

RUMSON/FAIR HAVEN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GSA
Kate Okeson, Advisor
Mike Emmich, Advisor

MONMOUTH REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL GSA
Jen Mitchell, Advisor

MIDDLETOWN SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL GSA
Steve Koumoulis, Advisor

OCEAN TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL GSA
Sue Henderson, Advisor

THE COLLIER SCHOOL
Nancy Moran, Clinical Social Worker

MATAWAN/ABERDEEN HIGH SCHOOL
Michele Lambly, Advisor

THE HOLOCAUST, GENOCIDE & HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER AT BROOKDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Jane Denny, Director of Education

CHAPERONES
Kristen Lanfrank- Rumson-Fair Haven RHS
Zach Wilson – Rumson-Fair Haven RHS
Gretchen Wilson – Allied Health and Science High School
Rob Thorp – Rumson-Fair Haven RHS
Carey Huff – Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
Justin Nevin – Kearney High School
DJ ZERO
SUGARUSH, RED BANK
DREW’S MARKET, SPRING LAKE
REGER LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Susie and Doug Milnes, Shrewsbury
Lucy and Bill Bogdon, Shrewsbury

Better Dance!

Jersey Shore PFLAG and the Two River Theater are Making if Better for Youth by hosting the Better Dance for LGBTQ teens and their allies on Sunday, February 6th from 5 – 9pm. The dance will be held at the Two River Theater in Red Bank NJ, and is open to teens 13 – 19 years old. All regional GSAs are invited, and all youth throughout the Monmouth and Ocean County area may attend. There is a suggested entrance fee of $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Food will be provided through donation of individuals and local businesses.

If you are an individual or organization who wishes to attend or help out, let us know! rsvp@makeitbetter4youth.org
You may also RSVP through our Facebook Event Page for the Better Dance.

Better Dance!