SHINE Statewide Youth Leadership Teams


The GLSEN SHINE Team is a group of student leaders working to create safer schools and communities throughout Washington. The team members will meet regularly throughout the year to develop skills, form a network of other youth leaders, and organize programs in the community that promote respect for LGBTQIA+ students.


The vision behind the SHINE Team is a belief that youth and students know what challenges they're facing better than anyone else, and, if youth are given all the resources that big organizations like GLSEN has to offer, they can tackle these problems better than any adult can.


Active participants in SHINE will receive a stipend for $100 at the end of the program.


GLSEN Washington has two different SHINE groups: Middle School SHINE and High School SHINE.


Middle School SHINE: A youth leadership group comprised of 12–15 middle school (and equivalent) youth aged 11–14. Middle School SHINE focuses on building the skills required to tackle systemic issues facing our LGBTQIA+ community through project-based learning activities.


High School SHINE: A youth leadership group comprised of 15–20 high school and early college (or equivalent) young people aged 14-19. While SHINE also features many opportunities to build leadership and activism skills, the group's primary objective is to create and complete projects which better the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals.


Our application for the 2021-2022 are NOW open. The application deadline has been extended to November 7st, 2021. After this date, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but the stipend will be prorated based on start date. 

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For the Middle School Application, students will need to be signed in to submit their application, as all students under 13 need to submit a permission form.