What is the Purpose of a Mission Statement?
A mission statement is your club’s way of letting people know why you exist. What are your primary goals? What do you want to accomplish? Every club is different and goals will vary – some students want to engage in advocacy in the school and the community; others want a place of non-judgmental acceptance. In most cases, a GSA will set out to accomplish multiple goals.
Here are some sample mission statements other GSAs have written, as well as links to where more can be found. Use these to help formulate what you want your GSA to accomplish. Your mission statement can be a few sentences to a few paragraphs long.
Lemont High School, Lemont, IL
“Our mission is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy. We believe that schools can be truly safe ONLY when every student is assured of access to an education without fear of harassment or violence (GSA Mission Statement Examples, n.d.).”
New Paltz High School, New Paltz, NY
“To promote tolerance and acceptance throughout the school community and to provide a safe, non-judgmental space as a support network for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Straight youth who share a common vision of social equality (GSA Mission Statement Examples, n.d.).”
Great Mills High School, Great Mills, MD
“As the Gay Straight Alliance of GMHS, it is our mission to bring together and recognize lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and straight youth in a positive and non-judgmental environment where they can fully express their individuality and share experiences. In addition, it is also our intent to create alliances that increase awareness, decrease prejudices and create a safe school atmosphere for all (GSA Mission Statement Examples, n.d.).”
If your GSA needs more guidance, the GLSEN GSA Jump-Start Guide, Part 1 (pp. 8-10), is an excellent resource for helping your GSA work through the process of writing your mission statement.
Miramar High School, Miramar, FL
“Here at Miramar High School, our Gay-Straight Alliance brings together gay youth and straight allies to fight homophobia on campus and in the community through the pursuit of knowledge, by educating the community about different sexual and gender identities, by linking homophobia with other oppressions, and by coming together as a single unit to form a wall against harassment. The GSA brings students together to meet new people, hang out, and grasp different points of view.”
“Through our activities, we aim to reduce any feelings of isolation and depression that students may experience, whatever their sexual or gender identity may be. We welcome all students to participate in our after-school events, and to come talk about any issues concerning bullying or harassment due to prejudice and discrimination. Members can also air personal issues in an atmosphere of confidentiality. We are here to support one another, share resources, learn together, and have fun! Come join us! (GSA Mission Statement Examples, n.d.)”
Links to Sites with Other Mission Statement Examples
ACLU GSA Mission Statement Examples
GLSEN Article on Writing a Mission Statement
GSA mission statement examples. (n.d.). ACLU. https://www.aclu.org/other/gsa-mission-statement-examples
Sample GSA mission statements. (n.d.). G Safe. https://gsafewi.org/resources/for-youth-gsas/building-your-gsa/sample-gsa-mission-statements/
Writing a mission statement. (n.d.). GLSEN. https://www.glsen.org/activity/writing-mission-statement