Community Matters’ Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program is designed to increase awareness of LGBTQ-specific issues and be equipped with the skills and adult support to take peer-to-peer actions that stop, interrupt, de-escalate and prevent incidents of mistreatment targeting LGBTQI students including bullying, cyber-bullying, deliberate exclusion, name-calling and unwanted touch.

2017 Grant Awarded: $10,000

Grant Request 

To create a safe and inclusive school climate for LGBTQI students at Elsie Allen and Analy High Schools through the implementation of a two-day student empowerment training for veteran Safe School Ambassadors and GSA and PFLAG members.

Training focus: LGBTQI issues awareness, sensitivity, and bullying intervention and prevention strategies.

Alignment with the LGBTQI Giving Circle Purpose

The proposed program aligns with the LGBTQI Youth purpose because it expands services for LGBTQI youth by implementing the program at two schools in Sonoma County where there is significant harassment of LGBTQI students. It also capitalizes on the success of well-trained student Ambassadors in these schools who have grown the confidence and competence to interrupt, de-fuse, prevent and stop incidents of meanness against marginalized students of color, transgender youth and LGBTQI youth whose primary language is other than English. The trained students’ courageous and skillful actions will effectively improve their school’s climate and make it safer and more inclusive. In addition, this year, Community Matters will provide coaching to strengthen and expand the GSAs and PFLAGs at each of these schools in order to provide additional support and create allies for LGBTQI students.

Track Record

Community Matters is recognized as a national thought leader in bullying, violence prevention and school climate improvement. Since 2000, Community Matters has equipped over 70,000 4-12th grade students in over 2,000 schools in 36 states, 2 Canadian provinces, Guam and Puerto Rico with nonviolent communication skills to reduce emotional and physical violence.

Website: Community Matters


  • 2016 Grant Awarded: $10,000
  • 2015 Grant Awarded: $7,600