Our Stop Homophobic Bullying program is going strong thanks to our supporters. In October we did a demonstration of the program at Models of Pride on the campus of Cal State LA. It proved to be a very popular session with so many attending that we ran out of seats. The feedback was incredible and we were able to connect with many teachers, parents and administrators who are interested in bringing this program to their schools.
We also had a great Giving Tuesday campaign with hundreds of donors and a lot of people helping to spread the word. Some celebrities who believe in the power of the program joined in by posting #unselfies on their social media.
Our program was also very proud to be selected by Tie The Knot to kick-off their annual end of year #GiveOut campaign by giving us a donation and promoting our work on their site tietheknot.org.
Our current class of student performers are seep in rehearsals as we prepare for upcoming trainings. We look forward to making a lasting impact on teachers and their classrooms and helping make all students safer and more included. Thank you for supporting this important work.
Oct 3, 2018
200 teachers in 2 Days
By Kevin Blake - Artistic Director
We started the 2018/2019 school year strong. Our team did multiple trainings in mid August for educators in Southern California schools. The response was incredible and the impact of having every teacher at a school trained with our Stop Homophobic Bullying project is exciting to imagine. We have already been booked to do more trainings in the same district in January. And a principal who attended the training has already begun the process to bring us to their Middle School next August.
"It was exciting to see so much committment to this issue from Administration, Faculty and Staff."
The teachers who attended the trainings not only got to practice strategies on handling homophobic bullying in a classroom simulation, but they also got to hear directly from a panel of young people who are either a part of or directly connected to the LGBT communitty. The panelists shared their true experiences of when a teacher made them feel more safe in school, when a teacher made them feel less safe in school, and offered the teachers one suggestion of something they could do in their classrooms to make LGBT students more safe and included.
Thank you for supporting this very important work.
Jul 10, 2018
Powering through the Summer
By Teresa Wang - Digital Strategy Director
Training the educators at Santa Barbara Unified
It's summer break, but we're not slowing down. We're taking this opportunity to reach more educators to present our Stop Homophobic Bullying training.
We had a rare opportunity to bring the training out of town to Santa Barbara as a part of the SBUSD Professional Development Week. We brought our actors on a road trip in order to reach 35 educators.
"I wish we just had more time with this. This is so different and engaging!"
We also stayed close to home for two trainings in our office. Every year, we host two free week-long trainings for educators on conflict resolution. We were able to present two afternoons of trainings to educators from across the greater Los Angeles area within these ABCs of Conflict trainings. We got great feedback from both groups including interest in bringing the training to their schools.
We're looking forward to ramping up for the start of the new school year and bringing Creating Bias Free Classrooms to more educators throughout Southern California.