All tagged Summer Camp and Youth

In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation partnered with researchers at the University of Connecticut to deploy a comprehensive survey capturing the experiences of LGBTQ youth in their family settings, schools, social circles and communities.

“Only 27% of LGBTQ youth can “definitely” be themselves in school as an LGBTQ person.”

But it turns out that risk and potential go hand in hand. We need to let children, including college students, risk getting hurt. Protection from pain guarantees weakness, fragility and greater suffering in the future. The discomfort may be physical, emotional or intellectual — My ankle! My feelings! My worldview! — and all need to be experienced to learn and grow.

Too often in schools and camps, there are accepted practices and expectations that may be in conflict with others’ cultural norms.

Meeting diverse audiences where they are is critical to building trusting relationships with the families we want to recruit. The everyday life experiences of many people of color and diverse backgrounds have taught them to be leery of entering spaces and asking questions in areas where the dominant social norms may not be their own. Take time to go to them. When you meet diverse audiences where they are, you have taken an important first step. Consider utilizing a public venue such as a community festival for meeting people of different racial and cultural backgrounds. Many of these festivals will allow organizations to provide information booths where pamphlets and other resources can be provided. Some of these materials may need to be available in different languages.