Make schools safer for LGBTQ youth

A Peacemaking Project by Brennan L.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Most LGBTQ young people will face bullying throughout their years in school. LGB youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than their straight, heterosexual peers, and trans youth are 6x more likely. This is an injustice, and we need to provide better resources for LGBTQ youth in US schools.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ youth in NC schools
we will address isolation of LGBTQ youth and ignorance of their peers
by helping LGBTQ students in NC to create Gay-Straight Alliances and educational projects in their schools.

Comments:

Adrian B.
3 April 2018 16:38

Hi Brennan!

I'm Adrian, the Program Manager, Community Engagement at Peace First. It's nice to e-meet you! I've heard a lot about your work from my colleagues--I'm so excited about all you're doing!

As you may know, we provide resources and feedback at certain steps during the peacemaking process. One of those is the compassionate insight. You already have done lots of work with this injustice, and are very familiar with us--so I'll try to give this feedback in a way that honors that.

I love this project! Creating GSAs in NC schools is so important and will help address the root cause you identified. Your compassionate insight is clear and goes right to some major causes of discrimination and harassment in school. This compassionate insight is good to go! :)

I imagine you already have connected with many great organizations in NC, and I'm wondering about your relationship with places like Time Out Youth in Charlotte and Southerners on New Ground. I think Time Out Youth has a GSA network--have you been able to collaborate with them before? And SONG is an awesome org--if you don't know about them, definitely check them out! They're a little far from you, but may have great resources.

Finally, if you have the time and energy, I encourage you to engage with other projects on the platform who are working on LGBTQIA+ issues. Here are a few of them:

https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/pride-racial-prejudice
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/clothes-swap-and-period-product-drive
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/presence-zine-queer-frederick-youth
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/queer-resistance
https://www.peacefirst.org/project/update/violence-our-transgender-individuals-face
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/educational-lgbtqi-timeline
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/lgbtq-community-still-risk-violence-or-mistreatment
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/alphabet-soup
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/tralien
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/establishing-qsa
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/drag-education-program-university-drag
https://www.peacefirst.org/project/update/violence-our-transgender-individuals-face
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/defending-intersex-human-rights
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/lgbtq-youth-drop-space
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/help-teachers-save-lgbtq-lives
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/queer-youth-drop
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/rainbow-formal-wv
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/understanding-lgbt
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/educational-lgbtqi-timeline
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/infringement-rights-lgbt-people-our-lives

OK, there were a lot! I just got excited. Of course, you can look at just a few, if you're able to! And if not, no worries.

I'm pumped about your work on this! Let me know if I can be of any support or if you have questions.

Best,
Adrian

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:00

Hi Brennan,


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 for the Accelerator 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 an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)

Best,
Adrian