1) A weekly peer-to-peer support group is offered in Orlando on Tuesdays, Lakeland on Wednesdays and Casselberry on Thursdays. With the help of criminally background checked adult facilitators the youth help to problem solve and discuss topics such as family and school that are relevant to them. Guest speakers from the community come to talk to the youth on career development, HIV & STDs, bullying and other topics.
2) LGBT History & Culture classes are provided to GLBT youth and their straight allies. The one & a half hour sessions will be held once a month during the school year. The students are given homework assignments and report back two weeks later. Since LGBT history & culture is not taught in the school it is imperative that our youth learn about their heritage to develop internal assets such as positive values, social competencies and positive self-identity.
3) Meeting other LGBT youth to forge friendships and create a support network is imperative. OYA hosts numerous activities (car washes, movie nights, dances, theme park outings, arts events) to help our youth develop.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) teenagers are three times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual classmates. Since 1990 the Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) has provided mentoring and support to Central Florida LGBT youth. We are proud to report that of the more than 1,000 youth who have participated in our program -- not a single one has committed suicide. We are an all volunteer organization at this time. We are impacting the youth of our community and creating a true difference even though we are small and all volunteer. Over the past five years we have tripled in size (both in membership and in dollars raised).
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