Youth Resource Links
Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.
Campus Pride serves LGBT and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBT-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBT and ally student leaders.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth and those perceived as LGBT are at an increased risk of being bullied. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBT youth.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBT students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Join us as we transform our nation’s K-12 schools.
They do this by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.
It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation (TKPRF)
TKPRF is committed to enhancing the future lives of TransKids by educating schools, peers, places of worship, the medical community, government bodies, and society in general, in an effort to seek fair and equal treatment and of all transyouth.
Forty to None Project
Working to raise awareness about and helping to bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. - See more at: http://fortytonone.org/#sthash.CwPgBET0.dpuf
National Safe Place Program
National Safe Place is an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for all youth in crisis. Locally, Safe Place is a community initiative that designates schools, fire stations, libraries and youth-friendly businesses as Safe Place sites where youth can access help and supportive resources. - See more at: http://nationalsafeplace.org/#sthash.cgkAV5dz.dpuf
Matthew Shepard Foundation - Matthew's Place
Matthew’s Place is an online community designed to provide support to teens and young adults within sexual orientation and gender identity minorities as well as their allies. We work to create safer communities by offering tools to help young people combat bullying and by providing a medium through which their voices can be heard.
Tools on Matthew’s Place include blogs written by young people from across the country, resources for those who are struggling with coming out or reconciling their faith and sexual orientation/gender identity, interviews with various notable people with in the LGBTQ and allied community, and more.
National Youth Pride Services
YPS is a collection of some of the top youth leaders in the country, as well as, allies, supporters and friends who train, advocate for, develop and provide resources to African American LGBT youth in the United States.YPS youth travel across the country participating in some of the country’s best summits, conferences and events.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network is a national student initiative that engages young people in a unique form of progressive activism that empowers them as leaders and promotes their ideas for change.
Information and community for Latino GLBT youth
Holistic sexual health resources by and for young women of color
Support for gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender (GLBT) youth
The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.
Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.
Safe Schools Coalition
Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization.
As mandated by the General Assembly, IGLYO’s Executive Board and Staff are engaged in activism and advocacy throughout the year.
Whether running conferences for our members, meeting with European decision makers in Brussels, or attending important events around the pan-European region, IGLYO is constantly representing the interests of LGBTQ young people.
GLSEN Safe Space Kit
The Safe Space Kit is available for free download, which includes printable stickers and poster, as well as for purchase, which includes 2 posters and 10 stickers. We hope that you will spread the word about this important resource by alerting your constituents and partners. To download the kit and learn more, visit www.glsen.org/educator.
Gender Spectrum provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens.
Messaging Tool Kit for Supporting LBGT Inclusive Curriculum and Policies
It isn’t always easy to build community support for schools that openly affirm people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. When talking about sexual orientation or gender identity, emotions can run high, misconceptions can spread, and divisive politics sometimes can get in the way of doing what is best for students and families.
In 2009, GroundSpark convened a network of education, media, advocacy, religious, and civil rights organizations to work collaboratively to support school personnel who are grappling with these challenges.
After several years of on-the-ground experience, this network produced this messaging toolkit to support schools in their efforts to address stigma related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Building Support for Schools that Openly Affirm the Diversity of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identitycontains talking points, how-tos, and worksheets. With this groundbreaking resource, you can inspire your community to take action for schools that are more welcoming and affirming for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
National Network for Youth
The National Network for Youth is working to create a system of agencies, people and resources to champion the needs of homeless and runaway youth, to ensure that opportunities for growth and development be available to youth everywhere.