Investing in the future leaders of North Carolina is central to how Equality NC dedicates our time, energy and resources. LGBTQ young people face higher rates of bullying, violence and homelessness than their straight, cisgender peers and need our support to navigate the specific challenges of growing up queer in North Carolina.
Equality NC makes a concerted effort to invest in young changemakers through programming like our Rural Youth Empowerment (RYE) Fellowship, in addition to providing education and training to adult educators and caretakers. Our work includes:
- Training over 2,000 parents, administrators and teachers about creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth in schools.
- Focusing our work in rural areas in addition to bigger cities across the state.
- Partnering with Time Out Youth Center to host the annual Carolina Conference on Queer Youth. This is a day-long event that serves hundreds of youth, parents, teachers and youth-serving professionals from across North Carolina.
- Addressing the epidemic of LGBTQ homelessness through our work, with 40% of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ.
Want to learn more about our General Youth Policy? Contact ENC@equalitync.org