Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Kids

Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ Kids

Harassment is a serious problem for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) youth. Even when harassment is not outright, kids may still be in an unwelcome climate in which they are marginalized.

Jessica Pinson Pennington

The Impacts of Truancy

Dropping out of school is not a singular event. It is a slow process of disengagement that requires us to look at the primary reasons children are absent and then devise mechanisms to pull them back from the brink.

Tom Plake

How Do You Keep Your People ‘Juicy?’

As a funder put it so well, “as youth workers, we can tend to dry up over the years, and then some of us flake off and then many of us just float away.” We’re trying to help youth workers instead be “juicy” — full of life and vigor — as they influence the lives of young people.

By the Numbers: Top LGBTQ Concerns Contrasted

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LGBTQ youth are more than two times as likely as non-LGBTQ youth to say they have been verbally harassed and called names at school. Among LGBTQ youth, half (51 percent) have been verbally harassed at school, compared to 25 percent. Non-LGBTQ youth are nearly twice as likely as LGBTQ youth to say they are happy. Among non-LGBTQ youth, 67 percent report being happy while only 37 percent of LGBTQ youth say they are happy. Among LGBTQ youth, about a third (29 percent) disagreed with the statement
“There is at least one adult I can talk to about my personal problems,” while only 17 percent of the non-LGBTQ youth disagreed with it.