Our education and outreach work covers the entire state of Vermont – all 14 counties!
For over 20 years, Outright VT has worked to make it better for youth in schools. We advocate, educate, and consult with students, staff, and administrators statewide to ensure Vermont schools are doing their work to be safe, supportive, and affirming to all students regardless of their perceived or actual gender and sexual identity. Since 2011, we have reached 6,829 students through 237 presentations to schools in every county of Vermont. We have seen first hand the difference it makes to go to students and adults in their schools to normalize and celebrate queer and trans lives.
We aim to help educators and students change the climate in their schools by providing:
- Trainings, Workshops & Consultations for teachers, administrators, counselors, and students in a variety of settings. We will come to your classes, faculty meetings, assemblies, in-service days and more;
- Leadership development and organizing opportunities for students and advisors through the VT QSA (Queer Straight Alliance) Network. We work with schools to help start or sustain these social, support, and advocacy groups within their schools to help change climate and create local school-based support.
- Statewide learning opportunities and network building through two annual events, the Fall QSA Conference and the spring Queer & Allied Youth Summit. These events provide youth leaders with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, share the work they are doing, and most importantly be in community with each other to celebrate their accomplishments.
- Peer Education & Youth Advocacy Initiatives so that youth can be where they belong – at the center of the work. High school-aged youth provide workshops and dialogue for their middle school peers, and youth of all ages engage adults and their peers through our powerful and vibrant truth-telling speakers bureau.
We refuse to simply believe that it can get better for queer youth in our schools and communities. We are, and have consistently for over 25 years, been actively making it better.
In a small, rural state like Vermont – despite our history as a progressive and liberal state on queer issues – it is still very common for queer youth to feel like they are the only one. We work hard every single day – through all our programming – to debunk this myth and to show how vibrant queer youth lives can be.
“Outright really does change lives. It has been the reason for so many high points in my life. At Outright I felt free and accepted for the first time ever.”
— Outright Youth
“Thank you, again, for all you do for the kids. I can not begin to express what what it means, as a parent, to see a place where your kid can belong and blossom.”
— Parent of an Outright Youth
More and more Vermont schools are looking for ways to support their queer (LGBTQ+) youth and we have been happy to be a part of the good work that schools – youth, teachers, staff, administration, and community members – are doing! You can invite Outright VT to your school by contacting 802-865-9677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.