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Safe Schools

Program Description

All students have the right to feel safe at school regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT students frequently are the subjects of harassment and bullying by peers, teachers, and school officials. Such harassment and bullying undermines the positive learning environment that schools try to create which leads to lowered self-esteem and can contribute to depression.  School professionals have an obligation to provide a positive environment for all of their students, but they need to be educated on the risk and protective factors for LGBT youth and how to support these youth effectively given the unique challenges they may experience at home, school and in the community based upon their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Through this program, EV works towards the adoption of anti-bullying policies within individual school districts, and insuring that these school districts have the proper resources in place to help them successfully implement said policies.

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