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I think this is the most telling part about the Secular Student Alliance’s recent press release to the media:

The Secular Student Alliance, a national nonprofit devoted to supporting nonreligious students, announced early success in its expanded efforts to foster groups for secular high school students. In the past month alone, five new high school groups have affiliated with the SSA, after it took four years for the first twelve to join.

“Every teenager deserves a safe space to meet with like minded peers, but hostile administrations and prejudiced communities are stonewalling them from having it,” said [JT Eberhard, Campus Organizer and High School Specialist.]. “We’re gearing up to give the students the backing they need. Our goal is to see 50 groups for secular high school students by the end of 2011.”

If you’re a high school student interested in starting an atheist group, get in touch with JT and he can give you all the pointers you need!