Since 2010, we’ve seen the positive impact that our organization’s mission and message can have on the lives of LGBTQ+ youth online. We’re dedicated to making sure that happens for youth offline, too — in classrooms, in club meetings, in community centers, and more. That’s why we started It Gets Better EDU.
Why the focus on education?
The FAIR Education Act went into effect in California (USA) in 2012. It mandates that all K-12 history and social studies curriculums in the state include references to the contributions of members of the LGBTQ+ community to our world today. Scotland passed a similar law in 2018. These are some of the first laws of their kind anywhere in the world, and we hope they pave the way for many more to come!
As a storytelling organization, the It Gets Better Project is ready to take part in that global progress. Our LGBTQ+ stories – whether they come in the form of videos, films, or books – have the unique power to uplift, empower, and connect young people in addition to being educational and media-based. They have a unique role to play in classrooms and other youth spaces the world over.
What kind of work does the program focus on?
Our education staff is working to make it easier to introduce our best LGBTQ+ stories to your youth audiences. Whether you’re a student leader yourself, or a teacher, counselor, community leader, parent, or friend, we’ve got something for you:
MATERIALS. We have an expanding portfolio of EduGuides now available. These are free-to-download materials that accompany some of our best content. They’re full of tips and tricks, discussion questions, activities, and more that make sharing our LGBTQ+ stories and themes a cinch. If you’re up to the task, you can even use these guides to host your own group events, from small to large audiences.
EXPERIENCES. Our staff and trained volunteers are available to host a screening and/or book reading for your class or group either in-person (if you’re located in the Los Angeles, CA area) or via a video call. These are interactive and engaging presentations that are sure to make a lasting impression on your LGBTQ+ students and their peers. Explore our current menu of stories, and please reach out to our staff with inquiries or for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What else does the program offer?
Our education staff is also working to provide LGBTQ+ youth with an array of up-to-date, online information about their communities. For example, at itgetsbetter.org/GetHelp, they can learn about the over 1100 organizations in 40+ countries we’ve identified that offer support to LGBTQ+ youth everyday. That database is searchable by location and resource type.
We also provide information that helps young people stay in-the-know on topics important to the LGBTQ+ community in general, such as:
- LGBTQ+ Glossary
- Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth of Color
- Resources for LGBTQ+ Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers
- Resources for Trans, GNC, and Intersex Youth
- Faith-Based Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth
- LGBTQ+ Elected Officials in the United States (Federal + Statewide Level)
- YA & MG Books Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters
- How the It Gets Better Project Got Started
- It Gets Better GLOBAL
- Our ‘Get Help’ Database
To learn more about It Gets Better EDU, check out itgetsbetter.org/education.