Equality Florida Institute is poised to lead the Safe and Healthy School program’s collaborative efforts. We have been partnering with LGBTQ youth agencies since we first formed in 1997. We also have a long and successful history of working with school districts throughout Florida to ensure the safe and equal treatment of LGBTQ students. Statewide we have helped school districts institute anti-bullying and harassment policies inclusive of LGBTQ students. Together with our school district partners we have established a statewide conference, All Together Now, which brings together dozens of Florida school districts for peer-to-peer training on best practices regarding LGBTQ students.
Ongoing collaboration between EQFL, targeted school districts, and local LGBTQ youth agencies will be central to the success of this program. Local LGBTQ youth agencies have played a key role in the design of this program and are positioned to participate in this plan.
We are in constant communication with national partners and progressive school districts across the country, and we share information about what works well and what needs to be fine-tuned. We also participate in professional development and education conferences, such as the Stonewall National Education Project Symposium. This collaborative approach ensures that we are contributing to a dynamic work in progress as we continue to expand the growing list of professionally recognized best practices in support of LGBTQ students.
Youth Focused LGBTQ Partners:
ALSO Youth, Inc-Sarasota
PFLAG-Local chapters across the state
Orlando Youth Alliance-Orange, Lake, and Seminole Counties Orlando
The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth-North Miami
Metro Tampa Bay-Tampa
ARAY Youth-Charlotte County