Kohl’s Cares awards $10K to GLSEN NY Cap­i­tal Re­gion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

AL­BANY, N.Y. >> Kohl’s Cares re­cently awarded GLSEN New York Cap­i­tal Re­gion $10,000 to fur­ther sup­port their mis­sion to en­sure ev­ery LGBTQ+ K-12 youth are pro­tected, sup­ported, and em­pow­ered in their schools.

The grant will di­rectly fi­nan­cially sup­port GLSEN New York Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment train­ing, SHINE Youth Lead­er­ship pro­gram’s events in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to a Win­ter Ball and Break­ing The Si­lence Rally and Dance, and the chap­ter’s an­nual Queer Straight Al­liance Camp in May. GLSEN New York Cap­i­tal Re­gion is a vol­un­teer-based non-profit that sup­ports LGBTQ+ K-12 stu­dents in the eight sur­round­ing coun­ties that en­com­pass the Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

“For over a decade, our GLSEN chap­ter has worked on the ground to en­sure our LGBTQ+ K-12 youth are sup­ported, pro­tected, and em­pow­ered in their schools,” CoChair and Pub­lic Pol­icy Co­or­di­na­tor of GLSEN New York Cap­i­tal Re­gion Christina Romeo said in a news re­lease. “And, for the past five years, lo­cal Kohl’s em­ploy­ees have vol­un­teered in our pro­grams and have helped us ac­tu­al­ize our mis­sion. In fact, some have even been through our pro­gram­ming them­selves when they were in grade school.

“The his­tory be­hind this part­ner­ship fur­ther val­i­dates that we are build­ing an in­fra­struc­ture in the Cap­i­tal Re­gion of LGBTQ+ youth to con­fi­dent adults that know their voice and their lives mat­ter in a world that of­ten want to si­lence them. This grant will fur­ther sup­port our ef­forts to mold and up­lift this gen­er­a­tion of bold, brave, and out­spo­ken LGBTQ+ youth for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

“Truly fuel for the pas­sion of our work and, more im­por­tantly, af­fir­ma­tion for our pur­pose,” CoChair of GLSEN New York Cap­i­tal Re­gion Teri Wil­helm said in the re­lease. “There is grow­ing re­spect for the value of our mis­sion to cre­ate and main­tain safe, eq­ui­table and in­clu­sive schools re­gard­less of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, gen­der iden­tity and/or gen­der ex­pres­sion.

“Kohl’s com­mit­ment sub­stan­ti­ates that tire­less ef­fort; the faith­ful ded­i­ca­tion of our board and vol­un­teers who help foster mean­ing­ful, un­de­ni­able change to our com­mu­nity, who up­lift, center and guide youth lead­er­ship, in

spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of our bet­ter selves.”

Kohl’s grant to GLSEN New York Cap­i­tal Re­gion was made through Kohl’s Na­tional Giv­ing Pro­gram, which awards more than $3 mil­lion in grants an­nu­ally to non­prof­its with a mis­sion to sup­port health and wellness for fam­i­lies. The do­na­tions are made pos­si­ble through Kohl’s phil­an­thropic pro­gram, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells chil­dren’s books and toys and do­nates 100 per­cent of the net profit to sup­port hap­pier and health­ier com­mu­ni­ties na­tion­wide.

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