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#CelebrateKindness During GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week 2015

January 19 through January 23 is GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week (#NNCW15), and if you have 30 minutes and a computer, you can help foster respect, inclusion, and acceptance for LGBTQ youth in your community.

The Trevor Project and Kognito have partnered to create Step In, Speak Up! , an online interactive experience that helps educators and other youth-serving adults end anti-LGBTQ harassment and reach out to support LGBTQ youth. During #NNCW15 and throughout the year, this training is available at Trvr.org\OnlineTrainings.

LGBTQ youth are seven times more likely to experience verbal and physical violence than non-LGBTQ youth1, and about 28% of LGBTQ youth say they dropped out of school to escape violence and harassment – that’s three times the national average2. These staggering numbers need to change, and we need your help to make schools a safer place filled with trusted adults.

First, check out the map below to see if your state has free access to Step In, Speak Up! Whether you’re a student, educator, parent, or friend, you can help create a safer school environment free of name-calling, harassment, and bias – and that can be life-saving. If you don’t have free access, you can purchase training in the Kognito store. Every store purchase helps support our mission through a donation to The Trevor Project.

Students: Share Step In, Speak Up! with your favorite teachers, your school’s nurse or guidance counselor, your coaches, and other adults in your school.

Educators: Create an account and complete the30-minute Step In, Speak Up! training program to practice responding to biased comments, supporting a student who comes out, and connecting distressed students to appropriate support services (like The Trevor Project).

Parents and Friends: Let your school administration and community know about the availability of this program, and share the access information with educators who can participate.

How To Access Free Trainings
Delaware: http://delaware.kognito.com/
Fairfax County, VA: http://fairfax.kognito.com/
Hawaii: email [email protected] for enrollment info
Illinois: http://illinois.kognito.com/k12/
Iowa: http://iowa.kognito.com/
Maryland: http://md.kognito.com/
New York City: https://respectforall.kognito.com/
San Bernardino County, CA: email [email protected] for enrollment info

You can learn more about the Kognito programs and our partnership here.

1. Lazear, K (2009). Safe Schools/Healthy Students, Making Communication Work for You.
2. Kosciw, J.G., Diaz, E.M., and Greytak, E. A. (2008). The 2007 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.