The Youth Project Says, "Time to Strike Out Homophobia!"
It’s time to Strike out Homophobia! Strike out Homophobia is a bowl-a-thon fundraiser to support The Youth Project’s Education services!
In addition to support, resources and leadership opportunities, the YP does over 500 classroom workshops a year (not counting professional development services!) around anti-homophobia and anti-bullying, all across Nova Scotia. Often a YP workshop is the only time youth get to talk about LGBT issues in class, or hear language that reflects who they are. The YP’s services are important – in Nova Scotia, sexual orientation is the #1 motivation for cyberbullying. LGBT youth still get bullied, harassed and discriminated against every day. The YP gives them a safe space, and opportunity to be themselves.
Strike Out Homophobia is a bowl-a-thon to support our anti-homophobia/transphobia and anti-bullying work in Nova Scotia schools. The Youth Project receives a high volume of requests every year, and this year we have a significant increase in our work with teachers, principals and school administrators! This is awesome, but we can't meet demand without fundraising.
On Sunday, May 26 (12 - 4:00 PM), we’re hosting Strike Out Homophobia at Fairlanes Bowling Alley in Halifax so we can keep our Education Services coming for all those who need it, and meet the high frequency of workshop requests.
Anyone can collect pledges as an individual, or join together in teams! To register, visit the Youth Project's website.
Why Strike Out Homophobia??
- Three-quarters of LGBTQ students and 95% of transgender students feel unsafe at school.
- 6 out of 10 LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed about their sexual orientation.
- 1 in 4 LGB students are physically harassed about their sexual orientation.
- EGALE Canada's Canadian School Climate Survey.
Homophobia and transphobia are real problems in schools across Nova Scotia. The Youth Project works hard to combat these issues - in addition to support services, community outreach, and safe social spaces for LGBTQ youth, the Youth Project provides many education services:
- Each year we host over 500 anti-homophobia workshops in classrooms across Nova Scotia, for grades 4-12.
- We provide professional development opportunities for teachers, youth workers, social workers, and healthcare professionals, and more!
- We offer resources, guides and materials for making classrooms welcoming for LGBTQ students and teachers.
- Our Ally Card program connects students with supportive teachers in their school.
- We continuously support the work of Gay/Straight Alliances with leadership development and a yearly provincial conference.
- Our workshops are often the ONLY time students get to talk about homophobia and transphobia in the classroom, and how it impacts their lives.
We need your help to keep it going! Bowl with us on May 26th
Take part in this super fun bowl-a-thon and raise money for more education! Stand up to homophobia and STRIKE IT OUT!
Strike Out Homophobia Sunday, May 26th 12:00-4:00 PM Fairlanes Bowling Alley Halifax Shopping Center
To learn more about the Youth Project's Education Services and other programs for LGBTQ youth in Nova Scotia, click on the link to visit their website.