Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Trevor Survival Kit available

I thought folks may be interested in this FREE resource.

Jason Hobbs, LCSW, MDiv
Pastoral Counselor
404 Corder Road, Suite 100
Warner Robins, GA 31088
office tel: (478) 322-1113
office fax: (478) 322-1114

The Trevor Survival Kit a Valuable Resource for Educators & Youth
Service Providers

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youth face many
social factors that put them at higher risk for self-destructive
behaviors, including suicide. In 2001, the Massachusetts Youth Risk
Behavior Survey (MAYRBS) concluded that LGB youth are "almost four (4)
times as likely to have attempted suicide (31% vs. 8%)" and "more than
five times as likely to have received medical treatment for a suicide
attempt (16% vs. 3%)" than their heterosexual peers. The Trevor Project,
a non-profit endeavor established to promote acceptance of gay and
questioning teenagers and aid in suicide prevention among that group,
believes that there is a cure for these grim findings.

To this end, the organization created The Trevor Survival Kit. This
classroom tool for middle and high schools, colleges and universities,
is to be used in conjunction with the Academy Award-winning short film,
Trevor-about a 13 year-old boy that attempts suicide after realizing he
might be gay-to generate constructive discussion about the myriad of
issues surrounding suicide, personal identity and sexual orientation.
"Through education and frank, open discussions with all youth about the
issues that cause them to feel isolated, alone, misunderstood and
'different' from their peers, we can make a difference," stated Andy
Scheer, the organization's Program & Outreach Director. "By empowering
our youth, we make them gatekeepers of one another's lives."

To receive a complimentary copy of The Trevor Survival Kit-which
contains The Trevor Teaching Guide, short film Trevor, posters and other
outreach materials-please send an email to Moi Garica at
Moi.Garcia@TheTrevorProject.org or call their administrative offices at
310.271.8845 ext 229. To ensure proper delivery, please include your
name, position, institution name, street address, and telephone number
when emailing requests.

Judy Hoff

Sr. Coordinator, Safe Schools

PFLAG National



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