When: May 4th, 2014 10am
Where: Avondale Estates, Georgia
How: Register – http://www.gssc5k.com
$25 for 5K and $15 for 1 Mile Fun Run – T-shirt Included
Why: Come run to support Georgia Safe Schools Coalition mission to eliminate LGBTQQ oppression in Georgia schools! All proceeds from this race will help raise awareness and provide educational materials about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and families.
In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Education published statistics revealing that nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) reported being bullied during the school year.¹ Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment.² Furthermore, those students who identify as LGBTQQ are more likely than their peers to be victims of bullying and to express feelings of discomfort and anxiety when attending school. A 2011 study from the National School Climate Survey indicated that 81.9% of students who identified as LGBTQQ were bullied in the last year based on their sexual orientation.³
To help prevent such injustices from occurring in Georgia’s schools, a partnership of educators, community organizations, and safe school activists banded together in 2009 to raise awareness about issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and families. The result of this collaboration was the development of the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition (GSSC). The purpose of GSSC is to eliminate LGBTQQ oppression in Georgia schools. The organization educates and advocates on issues affecting LGBTQQ students and families. By serving as a resource for Georgia students, educators, and families, the organization strives to engender positive social growth among Georgia’s youth, and to foster a safe and affirming school climate for all. The Powering Safe Schools 5K’s mission is to raise funds to support the ongoing initiatives of GSSC, including:
· Providing training, support, and resources to Georgia schools, counselors, administration, faculty and staff
· Raising awareness among families, parents and members of the community
· Providing resources to help support safer, more affirming schools at the local, district, and state level
· Consulting with schools and personnel in developing safer, more positive school climates
· Offering support and resources to Gay-Straight Alliances
The event will feature the historic Central Business District and Mill District of Avondale Estates.