Casey, Julius, Frankie and Teri have a simple question for you. Will you help us fulfill our dreams? Oregon's LGBTQ youth face a 20 percent greater risk of suicide than our straight peers. "We Are Here", a project providing youth under 18 with tools & support necessary to build safe, healthy & positive relationships. As a partner you will help ensure we have safe, supportive social surroundings to learn & grow-up. We want to do more than survive, we want to live. Can we please count on you?
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
According to a Sept. 21, 2011 New York Times article, "One study published in the journal Pediatrics in May 2011, which looked at nearly 32,000 teenagers in 34 counties across Oregon, found that gay and bisexual teenagers were significantly more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. The risk of an attempt was 20 percent greater among gay teenagers who lacked supportive social surroundings". Youth under 18 will benefit from supportive, safe programs through Q Center.
How will this project solve this problem?
We provide a food pantry & preparation area, nutrition training, positive social interactions, stay in school bridge program, peer-led support groups and technical assistance trainings to schools, youth serving agencies and health agencies. Additional professional counseling services are available to youth & their parents/guardians. Through case management we individualize plans that lead to safer living situations, continuing education & increased self-esteem.
Potential Long Term Impact
Studies show somewhere between 30 - 40 percent of homeless youths identify as LGBT. We serve: nearly 1,000 unduplicated clients, 32% are people of color & 37% self-identify as homeless. About 5% of female clients enter the program pregnant. Our programs aim to reduce homelessness among the LGBTQ youth. Training & leadership development efforts are designed to model positive personal responsible growth opportunities. Mentors help challenge youth to make positive choices in planning their future.
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,143
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,857
Total Funding Goal: $12,000