One question continues to drive YES Institute’s work: What will it take for youth to not attempt suicide or engage in destructive behaviors? Recent data reveals the extent of the public health crisis linked with stigma around gender and orientation.
Among gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth in South Florida over the past year, 16.5% brought a gun to school (8x higher than heterosexual peers); 24.2% attempted suicide (4x higher than heterosexual peers) (CDC, 2018); Nationally, 75% of transgender youth reported feeling unsafe at school (NCTE, 2017).
YES Institute goes to all the places youth are served, to address the root causes of suicide, violence, and discrimination. We thank our community partners for their commitment to creating safe environments for our youth to thrive.
“I never considered that I can be a lifeline for students who don’t feel accepted. I will make sure I don’t impose my beliefs of how girls and boys ‘should’ act.” – Middle school teacher
“Motivates me to engage more with my son’s school on gender and orientation issues. Bullying is prevalent.” – Museum staff member
Partners we reached this summer include:
- The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade
- Keiser University
- Baptist Health South Florida
- Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club
- First Star Academy Youth
- Nova Southeastern University psychology program
- Citrus Health Network
- University of Miami School of Nursing & Health Studies
- History Miami Museum
- Coral Reef Montessori Academy
If you would like to schedule an education session for your organization or group, please click below or call Dani Dominguez at 305-663-7195.