Queer Youth Updates

A weekly e-newsletter resource for Queer/Ally Youth of Santa Cruz County. A program of the Safe Schools Project.

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For Teachers

Teachers Rights & Responsibilities
FAIR Education Act: “The FAIR Education Act updates California’s education guidelines to integrate age-appropriate, factual information about the role and contributions of people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into social studies and history lessons. These education guidelines already include the contributions of both men and women, people of color, diverse ethnic communities and other historically underrepresented groups. Signed into law on July 14, 2011, these updated guidelines went into effect on January 1, 2012? (GSA Network).

Teaching Respect: LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum and School Climate: Highlights how inclusive curriculum can positively affect LGBT students’ experiences in school. The research brief is based on data from GLSEN’s2009 National School Climate Survey, a biennial survey on the school experiences of LGBT students. More than 7,000 middle and high school students took part in the national survey.

For more on curriculum.


Safe Schools Project
Training For Teachers
Available Curriculum
Supporting your School’s GSA
Triangle Speakers

Safe Schools Project
The Safe Schools Project, founded in 2004, works to raise awareness of the atmosphere queer youth face on school campuses in Santa Cruz County, advocate for the enforcement of AB 537, The California Student Safety & Violence Prevention Act of 2000, and be a catalyst for action in each Santa Cruz County school district to make schools safer for all youth.

The Adult Ally Project
There is a great need for adults to volunteer.  The many programs throughout the county supporting queer youth and their allies need the help of concerned adults: parents, teachers, family, college students and allied community members.

Our goal is to provide a large pool of talent from which program coordinators can draw.  We want a diversity of experience and enough depth to keep the volunteers interested and active without overloading them.