SC Equality’s Youth and Safe Schools Program aims to create a culture of inclusion while countering the bullying, harassment, social isolation, and bigotry that dramatically increase risk factors for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) students.
Through this program, we seek to shift the culture so that each of South Carolina’s 103 school districts will adopt comprehensive, nationally recognized best practices for meeting the needs of LGBTQ students.
During the 2017-18 school year, our Youth and Safe Schools Program has reached out to all 103 school districts to help Superintendents and upper level leadership chart a course for institutionalized LGBTQ student, family and staff support. We have are working with many school districts across the state, and have delivered LGBTQ sensitivity and best practice professional development training to school counselors, social workers and school resource officers. During this time we have also assisted in the launch of 3 new GSA’s and will continue our work to ensure every student in our school districts are safe, valued, respected and graduate successfully.