South Florida youth are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide when they face harassment or discrimination related to gender and orientation. A staggering 20% of gay or bisexual youth have felt unsafe at school due to their orientation, and brought a gun to school for protection.
The demand for YES Institute education has never been higher, and it is our goal to raise $300,000 by the end of 2018 to meet that demand! We invite you to be part of the solution in keeping all youth safe by pledging to this campaign.
Achieving this fundraising goal will allow us to reach 4,000 additional youth, families, teachers, and community members with our life-saving education. This initiative will focus on three areas.
Gay and bisexual youth are 2-3 times more likely to be bullied in South Florida according to the 2017 CDC YRBS report.
Utilizing best practices from prevention research to address the root causes of bullying and violence among students, creates safer schools for students.
42% of gay and bisexual youth reported leaving their religion of origin due to conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Fostering collaboration and constructive dialogue among faith leaders across South Florida keeps families and communities together.
53% of mental health providers surveyed after trainings from YES Institute, reported an increased knowledge and feeling more equipped to handle situations regarding gender and orientation than before.
Preparing mental and behavioral health providers with knowledge and practical tools will support our youth.