GAYLA participants will gain valuable leadership experience through a full day of training and advocacy activities to enhance their understanding on how legislation and policy affect our daily lives.
The trainings will happen throughout the state during the month of May:
Details of location and time will follow if you accepted to attend.
1. A young person between the ages 14-18
2. Committed to creating statewide and local change for LGBTQ youth and fighting homophobia and transphobia in schools and communities, specifically with a focus on advocacy, policy change, school climate and racial justice.
3. Attending and participation in GSA Network Programming (Activist Camp, Summits) but not required.
Who should apply?
After being a leader at GAYLA, students are encouraged to continue advocating for LGBTQ youth in schools by:
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2012 .
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2011 .
Read the blog from QYAD/GAYLA 2010 .
See quotes and photos from previous years below.
"I think the most valuable part was learning how to tell my story in a way that people outside the LGBTQ community could understand."
"The most valuable part was meeting all of the other LGBTQ youth. They really inspired me and reminded me of why I'm a straight ally."
--2009 GAYLA Participants
GAYLA Participants receive intensive training and skills for their meetings with legislators.
Student activists also gain media skills at GAYLA. Here Kyle Bodolay discusses LGBT youth issues with the local NBC TV station in Sacramento.