Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Youth

“Almost Home: Helping Kids Move From Homelessness to Hope” by Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley, with foreword by Cory Booker
Each year, the Colin Higgins Foundation honors lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who have inspired others with their resilience in the face of challenges. Youth under 18 who have overcome adversity and discrimination can be nominated to receive a $10,000 scholarship.
Just a few years ago, it was hard for youth workers to find information about how best to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth experiencing homelessness. But the number of free resources on working with LGBTQ youth is growing.
It has been more than 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the U.S.—which means the young people you work with have never known a world without HIV.
We’ve often heard people who work with homeless youth in rural areas talk about the particular challenges their young people face. These teens travel dozens of miles to get to school, to health clinics, to social service agencies. Often, there’s no youth shelter within hundreds of miles.
For people in the runaway and homeless youth field, it's the million dollar question: What makes a young person more or less likely to run away or leave home and become homeless? If we knew the answer, perhaps we could end youth homelessness entirely.
The Point Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who excel academically, show strong leadership skills, are involved in their communities and have financial need.
Each November, National Runaway Prevention Month gives youth workers a platform to educate the public about the issues affecting runaway youth. Here are some links from organizer the National Runaway Switchboard that we think might be particularly useful for youth workers in November and beyond:
When it comes to helping youth understand their medical rights related to sexual health, online resources can be a critical source of up-to-date information.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, but the topic seems to be in the news and on Americans’ minds year round. As a youth worker, what can you do to stop bullying in your program and your community? Here are some ideas:
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