An organized group of diverse high school students and college mentors who are committed to transforming Nashville into an open and affirming community for all citizens, with a focus on those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or anywhere on the spectrum of identities.
The Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is a group of student leaders comprised of high school juniors and seniors from public and private schools all over Nashville. MYC members are representatives of the geographical, racial, and ethnic diversity of Metro Nashville and Davidson County. The Council provides feedback to members of the Metropolitan Government on issues related to youth, solicits youth participation in citywide initiatives, and works with city leaders to help Nashville be a better city for all young people to live.
The MTA Youth Action Team is an organized group of diverse high schools students who use their voice and skills to increase youth ridership for Nashville MTA (Metro Transit Authority). They serve as youth ambassadors, help identify key transportation issues for youth, develop action strategies for change, and partner with caring adults to promote youth transportation independence.
A weeklong human relations and leadership program for high school students in the Nashville area. AnyTown participants have the opportunity to live with and get to know people from many different racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and socioeconomic groups. AnyTown helps students explore their own identities and biases. At Anytown, youth create a model community based on respect, understanding and peace. From this our young citizens develop skills that they can use to positively impact their communities.
GLSEN Middle Tennessee’s Jump-Start Student Leadership Team is a group of energetic and dedicated high school students committed to making their schools safer for ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression
The PG-13 Players are teens from high schools across Middle Tennessee. Each year, they receive training to equip them with the skills needed to serve as peer educators. In addition, they use those skills to develop and perform new skits dealing with teen issues about which they are passionate. Through their presentations, teen issues are not just talked about, they’re brought to life!
TOTAL involves high school students in planning and implementing activities for their peers. Game nights, online safety classes for kids and parents, poetry readings, and seminars on current social issues have engaged 6,000-plus teens in 330 programs since 2005. Through the success of this award-winning program, teens are inspired to look beyond themselves into the community
Survivor Club © is a peer based high school certification education program. Peers are certified annually to provide education to their friends, families and cohorts at their school. Start a club at your school, it’s easy! SC is an accepted program of Alignment Nashville providing students with sound leadership opportunity that is in alignment with Metro Nashville educational goals and objectives.
Young Brothers United © – Just like their older counterparts, YBU is a peer based program for young Gay/SGL men of color under the age of 25. Uniquely young, uniquely proud!
Through words, all youth claim the power and hope to determine their future.
Through the literary and performing arts, Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. We are absolutely committed to providing youth, especially in underserved communities, with as many opportunities as possible to develop and publicly present their voices both live and in print, video, audio, and digital media.
In pursuing this mission, Southern Word conducts spoken word school residencies, after school workshops, open mics, and shows. Spoken word, also known as performance poetry, has proven effective as a youth development, literacy, and leadership tool across the country.
SEAL Team (Students Educating Active Leaders) targets high school students, who serve as peer educators for youth, college students and even adults. Using the arts as the medium to present their empowering messages, SEAL Team members teach HIV/AIDS/STD prevention and healthy decision-making skills. The youth receive coaching on presentation and facilitation skills to share information with their peers and the community