Contra Costa LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Collaborative
Inclusive Schools Coalition
Helping our community support our LGBTQ children
A joint community effort to reach & engage families, peers, schools, faith groups & other community members to raise awareness of the harmful effects of rejection on our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Our primary goal is to improve the health of LGBTQ youth by reducing rejecting behaviors & increasing accepting behaviors in Contra Costa social & service networks.
To take advantage of our innovative services
Contact Daphnee Valdez, Director of Youth Services & Collaborations Coordinator, at email@example.com or 925.692.0090 ext 336
LGBTQ YOUTH & FAMILIES
- Peer support groups engaging youth in East, West & Central County
- Counseling for youth & families
- Parent & family support
- Education & support regarding gender identity & expression
- Consultation & support regarding bullying & rejection in school
- Youth leadership development & training opportunities
- One-stop access to services available across Contra Costa County
ORGANIZATIONS & SERVICE PROVIDERS
- Networking & collaborative opportunities to enhance efforts with LGBTQ youth & families
- Training & education for schools
- Workshops & education for faith-based groups
- LGBTQ cultural competency training for organizations that seek to engage youth & families
- Advertising opportunities through county-wide promotion of services & opportunities that benefit LGBTQ youth & their families
LGBTQ youth are coming out & becoming more visible during adolescence.
As a result, family members, teachers & other key support people need accurate information about sexual orientation & gender identity to help provide appropriate support for LGBTQ adolescents.
LGBTQ youth suffer from increased bullying, discrimination & isolation.
Ground-breaking research* by the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University shows that people in key support networks have an impact on LGBTQ children‘s risk & well-being (http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/).
LGBTQ youth who experience high rates of rejection of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, whether intentional or unintentional, experience:
- 8.4 times higher risk of suicide attempts
- 5.9 times higher risk of depression
- 3.4 times higher risk of illicit drug use
- 3.4 times higher risk of unprotected sex
With increased knowledge & understanding, people who are part of vital support networks for LGBTQ youth can choose to decrease their rejecting behaviors & move toward acceptance & support.
The Contra Costa LGBTQ Youth Advocacy Collaborative was formed to assist our community in reducing rejecting behaviors & increasing accepting behaviors toward LGBTQ youth within key support networks of families, peers, schools & faith groups. The primary goals of the Collaborative include:
- Improve access to LGBTQ youth & key support networks
- Effectively engage people who influence health outcomes for LGBTQ youth—families, peers, community members & systems, faith groups, schools, health providers, juvenile justice, social welfare, foster care , etc.
- Produce positive health outcomes for LGBTQ youth :
- Improved physical & mental health outcomes
- Increased positive connection & participation in social networks
- Improved access to culturally competent services
- Stronger policies & practices supporting positive identity development
*Ryan, C., Huebner, D., Dias, R. M., & Sanchez, J. (2009). Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in white & Latino lesbian, gay & bisexual young adults. Pediatrics, 123(1): 346-352.
*Ryan, C. (2009). Supportive Families, healthy children: Helping families with lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender children. San Francisco, CA: Marian Wright Edelman Institute, San Francisco State University.
*Hatzenbuehler, M.L. (2001). The Social Environment & Suicide Attempts in Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Youth. Pediatrics, 127(5): 896-903.