WHy WE're INvolved
1 in 6
1 in 6 U.S. students seriously considered suicide in the last year.
LGBTQ+ youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers...
...and youth from 'highly rejecting' environments are 8X more likely to attempt suicide than others
7% of all youth are LGBTQ...
7% vs 40%
...But 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ
Our Intended Impact
Our vision is to open 20 wayOUT chapters by 2027, where each city chapter partners with local LGBTQ+ youth centers across America. In that time, we aim to support 50 organizations that directly serve highly marginalized LGBTQ+ youth populations in the United States.
Our program partners must serve a specific, marginalized LGBTQ+ population with at least 50 youth. They must provide services to their communities that have a measurable impact on the health and well-being of that population. Finally, these programs must be reviewed and evaluated by wayOUT annually and adapted to better serve the community’s needs.
Each wayOUT chapter will to raise enough funds to support the launch of a partner program
wayOUT applied for our 501(c)(3) status in June of 2018 and expect for it to be granted by September 2018.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Each local organization will receive direct training for its leadership, resources (e.g., development strategies), and may receive strategic planning engagements.
Network of social leaders
We will bring together social entrepreneurs from across the country to surface and refine strategies for LGBTQ+ youth, to share learnings and best practices, and to coach and mentor each other as they create sustainable change within their communities.