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GLAAD: Fighting For Equality Via Youth Campus Ambassadors

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) shall open slots for aspiring campus ambassadors. The organization looks forward to welcoming 150 new representatives for 2018-2019.

Chosen campus ambassadors shall help GLAAD to represent the LGBTQ youth. They shall become spokespersons in their respective schools and make an effort to change the status quo of the third sex. Campus ambassadors also speak with media entities on behalf of GLAAD to tackle LGBTQ issues.

20 percent of millennials are in the LGBTQ community. However, they feel that they lack representation and their message often fall on deaf ears. To fight against parts of society that do not realize the culture of acceptance, President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said that it is essential to empower the LGBTQ youth through support and advocacy programs.

Because of the rise in problems surrounding the LGBTQ community, the group needs more active volunteers to help spread their message across. These issues cause LGBTQ youth to show a decline in their mental health and prevent them from expressing their gender orientation.

An applicant must be currently in a 2-year or 4-year undergraduate program in accredited universities or colleges to qualify as a campus ambassador. Interested students do not need to be US citizen to join the campaign.

GLAAD requires campus ambassadors to volunteer for a year. However, the alliance encourages successful applicants to return as long as they are still qualified for the program.

Former campus ambassadors said that being part of the program inspired them and changed their lives. Lizeth Urdiales noted that the message does not only spread in the campus but also throughout the world.

On the other hand, Kylan Kester said that becoming campus ambassadors gives an opportunity to make an impact despite only taking part for a short period.

The program also allows the representatives to participate in workshop and training which students could use as fulfillment for community volunteer requirements. These activities enable the volunteers to learn more about the advocacy and how to use their voice to promote a cause.

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