Subject: strictly fyi: resources re: homelessness, coming out to family, Mix it Up at Lunch, No Name-calling Week
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 1/23/2012 12:49 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:

(1) Resources about youth homelessness
(2) Watch this film with your school counseling staff and encourage students to share the link with their families when they come out to them!!!
(3) From Teaching Tolerance ... Mix It Up 2011: Taking It to the Next Level
(4) This week is National No Name-Calling Week!


(1) Resources about youth homelessness

You have to sign up to get access but there is a lot there:

You'll find may interesting things including a publication entitled "Best Practices for Meeting the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Youth". Much is San Francisco specific. Not all.

We have three of their videos on our site:


(2) Watch this film with your school counseling staff and encourage students to share the link with their families when they come out to them!!!

Called "Lead With Love" this awesome 35-minute film is available free online. It starts with parents and guardians where they are when a child comes out to them: usually in grief. It uses real (diverse) families to illustrate the journey families often experience and to teach a simple 4-step model for supporting your child even before you are feeling at peace with the revelation of their sexual orientation.

We HIGHLY recommend showing it to parents and guardians as their child comes out to them or inviting them to watch it in the privacy of their own home.

Watch it here: Go to


(3) From Teaching Tolerance ... Mix It Up 2011: Taking It to the Next Level

We offer turn to Teaching Tolerance for a great resource: Mix It Up at Lunch ...

Last fall, the opening notes of the song Jai Ho-"be victorious"-from the film Slumdog Millionaire erupted at Oklahoma's Broken Arrow High School as students crossed the grassy quad between classes. In less than a minute, some 200 students of every class, size, race, sport and club had joined the ranks and were rocking the choreography. Schoolmates and teachers gathered to watch laughing, whooping and joining local media in recording the surprise performance on their cell phones.

Within two minutes, the "flash mob" had dispersed. But its purpose still echoed off the walls: Get ready for Mix It Up at Lunch Day<>!

Thousands of schools have tried the Mix It Up at Lunch Day program since it started 10 years ago in 2001. Teaching Tolerance continues to get glowing reviews from around the country. "It's the best day all year," we were told by high school students in Plainview, N.Y. But teachers and administrators are also understandably eager to make their Mix Day better-to reach more students. How can you take your school's Mix It Up at Lunch Day to the next level? Here<> are 10 proven ways to give Mix an extra stir.


(4) This week is National No Name-Calling Week!

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