The Make It Safe Project

A Peacemaking Project by Amelia R.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Despite the fact that 8 of 10 queer and trans teens are verbally harassed in school, 40% of homeless teens identify as queer or trans, and over 300,000 queer and trans teens are incarcerated, places rarely give queer and trans youth access to LGBTQ-related books and resources. The Make It Safe Project donates books about sexual orientation and gender identity to schools, youth homeless shelters, and juvenile detention centers. We also provide an annual scholarship for queer and trans youth.

Our Updates:

Writing scholarship!

Amelia R. 13 February 2018 19:26 We are officially launching our first annual Make It Safe Project Writing Scholarship. The goal of the scholarship is to encourage queer and trans youth to express themselves and help increase queer and trans representation in writing.

One winner will receive $500, one runner up with receive $100, and others will have their work included in an anthology of queer and trans youth writing we plan to release in 2020.

13-18 years old
Identify as queer or trans
Live in the United States (including undocumented youth)

(We don't have a video, but here's a link:


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 14:50

Hi Amelia,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!


Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:26

Hi Amelia,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!


Fish S. Peace First Staff
20 February 2018 12:48

Amelia, this sounds like amazing work. Love that you are working to raise the voices of young queer and trans youth through your scholarship & anthology, and making sure young people have access to LGBTQ-inclusive books. This is an incredible project - and we'd love to be helpful.

The next step (to make you eligible for our grant funding!) is for you to turn your ideas into a Compassionate Insight. Sharing your insight by Feb 28th makes you eligible for some awesome opportunities, including (once you've completed your project) the ability to apply for a free trip to the Peace First Accelerator Conference. You can do that on your project dashboard!

Let us know how we can help!