GSA Squad

The OK2BME Leadership Group is an empowering space for young (16-19) LGBTQ2+ people to come together and hone their own leadership skills, see ideas come to life and contribute to the community.

Who are we? The goal of the OK2BME Youth Leadership Squad is to provide meaningful leadership opportunities for LGBTQ2+ youth age 16-18 in Waterloo Region.

When do you meet? We meet bi-weekly from September until June on Tuesday evenings.

What do you do? We help make Waterloo Region a better place for LGBTQ2+ Youth! We do this by creating supportive and safe places for other youth and we get to learn important community leadership skills like event management, running workshops, public speaking and budgeting!

We organize OK2BME’s annual Gay Straight Alliance Conference for Grade 7 to 12 students, and the annual Pride Prom. We have also helped organize other community events such as working with the City of Kitchener to help the Rainbow Crosswalk come to life.

Who is in the group? The group is open to anyone age 16-18 in Waterloo Region who wants to gain leadership skills and who wants to work towards creating a richer community for LGBTQ2+ Youth. The Squad is made up of two youth group facilitators, Washington Silk and TK Pritchard, two youth leaders, and 8-10 squad Members.

Who can be a Youth Leader? Youth Leaders have additional responsibility in the group, such as helping the group get organized, special projects and more responsibilities when it comes to events.  You can apply to be a youth leader by sending an email to wsilk@kwcounselling.com expressing your interest by September 21st 2018. Youth leaders receive a small honorarium for their work.

What is the role of the Youth Leaders?

They should:

  • Be actively involved
  • Attend regularly
  • Try to get everyone involved
  • Help to find a solution that every agrees to

What qualities are the most important for Youth Leaders to possess?

  • Be Diplomatic
  • Be Friendly
  • Be Patient
  • Be Empathetic
  • Be Detailed Oriented

Who can be a Squad Member? Being a Squad member is open to anyone age 16-18 who wants to get involved.

What is the role of a Squad Member?

  • Actively participate to the best of their ability
  • Attend every meeting and if they cannot attend, tell the facilitators. When a Squad member misses 3 consecutive meetings they will be asked to take a step back.
  • Bring their creativity and ideas to put into actions

What are the key qualities of a Squad Member?

  • Be Honest
  • Be Creative
  • Be Active
  • Be a Good Communicator

How Can I get involved?

Come to our Open House! We are looking for new Youth Leaders and Squad Members starting in September 2018. Come to our open house on September 11, 2018 at 6:00pm at KW Counselling Services located at 480 Charles St East Room 209.