THE LINK THAT CONNECTS
Why GSA Link?
GSA Link in a nonprofit organization that seeks to connect, empower, and inspire LGBTQ+ youth. Having social support plays a key role in developing LGBTQ+ youth’s confidence in their identities, sense of belonging, and strengthening their passions and skills. GSA Link offers a necessary space for youth to meet others and build connections, exploring topics that they care about. Our goal is to center and value LGBTQ+ youth’s voices and interests, encouraging them to be a part of the process of steering this continuously growing community and its efforts to be involved in advocacy and education. With each meeting, we seek to show LGBTQ+ youth that there are so many people who care about them and want to see them thrive in a world that still spreads hatred and violence. Together, we are the link that connects.
HOW WE ARE HELPING
GSA Link tackles our mission of LGBTQ+ youth empowerment in a variety of ways. Through our Link Up meetings (for K-5, middle schoolers, or high schoolers), youth can hang out in a positive and fun space, and discuss issues that are important to them. We also look to parents as agents of change, offering parent groups for support and information on how to best embrace their child’s emerging identity. Finally, our newest program Linked Mentoring helps to establish mentoring relationships between LGBTQ+ adults and kids.
THE SCARY TRUTH
According to the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
** Content warning: statistics on suicide **
50.8% of FTM transgender youth have attempted suicide
41.8% of non-binary youth have attempted suicide
70% of LGBTQ+ youth reported feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness
We are on a mission to create
a more inclusive and loving world together, now.