GLSEN Greater Cincinnati

Name of Non-Profit Organization *

GLSEN Greater Cincinnati

Organization's website

Federal Tax ID Number *


Address *

P.O. Box 19856
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
United States

Your Name *

John Bruggen

Your Title *

Fundraising Chair

Contact email address *

Contact Phone Number

(513) 946-4316

What is the mission of your organization?

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

We believe that such an atmosphere engenders a positive sense of self, which is the basis of educational achievement and personal growth. Since homophobia and heterosexism undermine a healthy school climate, we work to educate teachers, students and the public at large about the damaging effects these forces have on youth and adults alike. We recognize that forces such as racism and sexism have similarly
adverse impacts on communities and we support schools in seeking to redress all such inequities.

GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome any and all individuals as members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

Which social causes does your agency address through its programming?
(Check all that apply)

  • Children & Youth
  • Community Building
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Human Rights & Civil Liberties

Any other categories (not listed above) that your agency addresses?

GLBT issues, anti-bullying, non-violence, safe schools

Most schools have between $1000 and $1500 to grant. How could your organization use a grant of this size? *

This grant would help our organization by providing funding for our weekly Youth Group. The Youth Group is open to all high school youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, questioning (LGBTQ) and to their allies. The purpose of the GLSEN Greater Cincinnati Youth Group (GYG) is to provide a fun, safe, supportive and confidential environment for LGBTQ youth and their allies. Adult leaders facilitate the group as a social networking experience that builds self-worth, resiliency, unity and connectedness through quality programs, education and advocacy. GYG will strive to build friendships and explore identity while promoting a peaceful community founded upon equality, acceptance and diversity. The group meets every Sunday at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church.

Any other comments you would like to share with the students who might be reviewing your request?

Nationally, over 40 GLSEN chapters work to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. GLSEN Greater Cincinnati fulfills that mission locally with such programs as:
– Safe-space training and support for gay-straight alliances in local schools
– Our weekly youth group designed for high school students to promote a community founded upon equality, acceptance and diversity
– Our day-long youth summit of workshops and community-building to begin the school year
– And our annual prom for gay, lesbian and allied youth every spring.

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities available for high school students?


List possible volunteer opportunities -or- a link to where they can be found on the web.

GLSEN has many possible volunteer opportunities available. As a volunteer-based organization, GLSEN Greater Cincinnati depends on our volunteers for all aspects of operations, and values youth input at all levels. Most volunteer opportunities require orientation to the organization, and its mission and programs. Opportunities include photography, graphic design, web design, event tabling, fundraising,
event planning, public and media relations, and school and diversity club outreach.

Volunteer coordinator

Tracy Blankemeyer

Volunteer coordinator's email address