In order to reach youth who face various barriers to participating in services at our drop-in center, the clinical services team at Out Youth committed to expanding our school-based services program. Thanks to funding from the St. David’s Foundation, Out Youth was able to develop a curriculum for a support group called Be YOU (Young, Outspoken, Unbreakable) during the 2017 - 2018 school year. Be YOU was designed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of youth who are vulnerable to minority stress, including LGBTQ+ youth and allies with various intersectional aspects of identity in middle schools and high schools.
Given the success of this effort, Out Youth subsequently created the Tender and Tough curriculum, incorporating feedback from youth and adult stakeholders in the school-based services program about the need to address healthy relationships. Out Youth plans to continue to develop new therapeutic opportunities for the school setting in the coming years as well.
During the 2019 - 2020 school year, Out Youth will exclusively partner with Communities In Schools (CIS) of Central Texas to provide these services. We hope to expand the reach of this program in coming years by making the curricula available for use by other programs and school districts.
For others interested in these services, please reach out directly to Sarah Kapostasy, LPC, Clinical Director at firstname.lastname@example.org