During recent weeks and months, national attention has brought to light many systemic issues which marginalize and discriminate against racial minorities and other vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ population. It is known that LGBTQ students and youth often experience higher rates of bullying and harassment in school settings than their peers, which increases risk for poorer school engagement, substance use, depression, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For students living in households that do not support or encourage their identity, the effects of school closures and distance learning can also lead to unique and overwhelming challenges.
As schools work to plan for the coming school year in ways that address existing and potential inequities and that support the needs of all students, fostering a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive school climate will be paramount—whether inside the school building or through virtual settings.
Below we have compiled several resources to help school leaders, counselors psychologists, social workers, and educators learn how to more fully support the social-emotional wellbeing and other needs of their LGBTQ students.
This resources page from Welcoming Schools provides information and guidance for parents, educators, and schools to more effectively support LGBTQ students and create more inclusive and safe school settings.
These trainings from The Trevor Project are designed for adults who work with youth, including K-12 school staff and educators. Trainings provide a framework for better understanding LBGTQ youth and their challenges, as well as learning how to create safer and more supportive environments.
From the National Association of School Psychologists, this resource outlines several recommendations for schools to engage in prevention-based approaches and for parents and caregivers to give emotional support to LGBTQ+ children.
From Edutopia: While the majority of educators want to help and support LGBTQ students, many often don’t know how or feel limited in what they are permitted to do. This article provides insight and links to resources to help build awareness and provide professional development.
Providing grants to State education agencies to increase the number of mental health service providers within local education agencies. Learn more.
Deadline: July 13, 2020
Grants to help educators adapt to educational challenges due to the effects of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. Learn more.
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Funding to support youth running programs that encourage regular exercise and healthy habits through running. Learn more.
Deadline: August 1, 2020
*The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.