The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is currently accepting applications to serve as a member for the 2021-2022 term. The Commission advises others in state government on effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth. Through annual policy recommendations, partnering with 18 state entities, and holding community events and listening sessions, the Commission works to help all youth thrive.
Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 and interviews will take place in November. (This is an extension from the original October 28th deadline).
Apply here and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
You can learn about the Commission on our official state website at www.mass.gov/cgly.
More About Serving on the Commission
The Commission on LGBTQ Youth is a legislative commission which advises others in state government on effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth. Through annual policy recommendations, partnering with 18 state entities, and holding community events and listening sessions, the Commission works to help all youth thrive.
The Commission is a state body made up of 50 members, about half of which are appointed by community and educational orgs, and half of which are selected from the general public (by a committee of members). Members serve a two-year term and at minimum attend four quarterly meetings, but ideally attend regular meetings of a committee or working group that interests them, about once a month, and also attend 1-3 yearly retreats and other events. No particular experience is required to serve; just an interest in issues facing LGBTQ youth.
Our particular areas of focus currently are school inclusion, family engagement, health equity, justice reform, and homelessness, with a racial justice lens throughout. Youth are very much encouraged to apply. The Commission has a small staff that carries out the majority of the day to day work but the members guide the mission and provide oversight. Each year the Commission produces a research report and recommendations to the Legislature and 18 government agencies, developed throughout the year by the members and staff in collaboration with these agencies and with community coalitions. We also have a GSA student leadership program, and do training and technical assistance in schools, as well as maintain resource listings for referrals to other services.
We are particularly hoping to attract people who identify as youth, trans and nonbinary, and BIPOC, as well as those with lived experience with homelessness, the justice system, HIV/AIDS, and other issues facing our community. Unfortunately as a state body we are unable to provide stipends, but we strive to make participation as accessible, fun, and meaningful as possible!