The team behind the high school program

I wanted to include the contents of this post in with the post about the article on high school atheism, but I decided that the article should get its own space.

I want to tell you about all the people at SSA HQ who make the high school program rock.

Lyz Liddell – My boss, the director of campus organizing.  There was never a harder worker who cared so damn much about the people beneath her.  I’ve learned tons from her that has made me better at what I do with the high school program.  Whenever I’ve needed specific information or a new infodump from the web site, she’s been there.  She makes me a better person and a better activist every day.

Sam Jackson – He sends out group-starting packets to these schools and keeps me apprised of any issues.

Nick Stancato – Does the yeoman’s work managing speaker events for high schools.

Sarah Moglia – Keeps me sane in the office when a constant stream of people in positions of power mistreating atheist students has me down on humanity.

Andy Cheadle – Taught Sam everything he knows and, like Sarah, keeps me sane.

Hell, the article itself was a result of the communications skills of Jesse Galef, who set up the whole article.  All I had to do was talk on the phone.

As I have grown as a secular activist, my name has continually been the one in the spotlight despite being surrounded at every step by people of comparable or even superior talent.  It started with Skepticon when I was the front man despite the unbelievable work of Lauren Lane, Ryan Culbertson-Faegre, Amber Culbertson-Faegre, Rob Lehr, Blythe Clutter, Steven, George, Katie Hartman, and others.

Even in the WP article my name comes up a couple times, but not the names of everybody else who makes that program run.  It’s really unfortunate, because without all of the above people the high school atheist program would be a dream.  These are the people who make it a reality, and they deserve equal credit.

Also, think the work we do rules?  Give us (a the students we support) your money.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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