A collective effort and investment in
creating REAL change.
Like state advocacy, often communities don’t respond until there is a tragedy or a crisis. Be proactive and join with others to educate your community regarding the growth rate of adolescent suicide, bullying and the significant risks faced by LGBTQIA youth.
Commit to working together to keep ALL youth in your community safe and healthy.
Form or join a coalition focused on creating a community which supports and protects ALL youth. See the Resources page for Groups to connect with. Support and get involved with Advocacy groups in your state.
Steps for Creating Change in your Community
Step 1: Understanding the situation
Do research Through the DATA page to discover what the adolescent suicide rate is in your state and the risks facing LGBTQIA youth in your community.
Step 2: Collective strength
Begin by making a list of all youth service providers in your community -- ask others to ensure your list is complete
If your community/schools do not have GSAs (Gay, Straight Alliances) Ask that your schools create them and help them do so. LGBTQIA youth need to see they are valued, protected and cared for - These groups help them feel this!
Bring needed training to these providers: bullying, cyberbullying, reporting, suicide prevention, awareness, and support for LGBTQIA and other high-risk youth. Go to the Training page for more info.
Create a directory of all youth services, contact info, event info, needs lists, volunteer needs.
Step 3: Educate and Empower your community
Bring speakers to your community to offer training and education on issues faced by youth in -your area, Assess current problems or areas that are lacking. Promote meeting kids where they are at. Help the students in your area implement change in the school culture, and climate by Supporting peer to peer training and programs. Bring training for the community as a whole and for those serving youth in the community. Go to the Training page as well as the Resources page for more information.
Attend School Board meetings regularly especially when discussing Bullying, suicide and/or LGBTQIA youth. See the School Advocacy page for more.
Step 4: Model kindness and create a lasting commitment to youth