Students Honored for Their Work with GSA

Fox Chapel Area High School seniors Hansen Bursic and Daly Trimble were recently honored by the Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference Advisory Committee. The teens were honored for their work in facilitating the Proud Youth of Pittsburgh Convention. The convention was held in November 2015 at Chatham University and involved more than 100 student members from Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs from various schools from throughout Western Pennsylvania. Hansen and Daly worked for months, along with representatives from THRIVE Southwest PA (a community organization that focuses on youth LGBT issues), with the goal of uniting students from GSA clubs from across the region. They organized the convention which included guest speakers, workshops, and breakout sessions, and covered the topics of diversity and inclusion. Hansen and Daly also spent a great deal of time meeting with various youth groups and members of GSA clubs from across the region. The convention was called “a breakthrough regional forum for LGBTQ students.”

Hansen and Daly were honored as part of the Fifth Annual Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference in Philadelphia. The award was presented at a banquet at the University of Pennsylvania April 9, 2016. The Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference is the largest annual statewide gathering of young LGBTQ leaders.