The Mission of Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition (OSSCC) is to make Oregon schools safe for all students, teachers and families. OSSCC is the only statewide organization working to decrease bullying and harassment, helping schools to become safer places, and supporting students and parents who seek information or need to report a case of bullying.
Supported by grants from Equity Foundation and Pride Foundation, OSSCC plans to build a cadre of volunteers (First Responder Task Force) around Oregon to assist us with the growing number of complaints from students and caregivers about the harassment and bullying of LGBT students in schools. So far, Phase One of this project built a database of individuals and organizations that support safe schools throughout Oregon, and have interviewed a sample of 50 to help identify needs of queer students and discuss what schools are doing to make classrooms safe.
Phase Two will allow OSSCC to convene four regional meetings (in Bend, Medford, Pendleton and La Grande) of advocates to activate this statewide Task Force of safe schools advocates to support their local community. Gatherings will be convened in 2017.
We will work with local individuals and organizations to gear each Task Force gathering to the needs of each community. Also, each agenda will be designed collaboratively to meet local needs. However, the overall goal is to build a statewide coalition to help make schools safer places.