Kaleidoscope Youth Center and 11 other community centers from across the country have partnered with the University of California at Berkeley for Speak Out. From the Speak Out website:
SpeakOut is a three-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice to identify LGBTQ youth’s lifetime exposure to multiple forms of victimization across family, peer, school, online, and community contexts. We will be interviewing 760 LGBTQ youth between the ages of 14-19 years old who are currently enrolled in middle or high school from across the United States. This study will be the first to provide a comprehensive examination of their victimization experiences across different contexts and perpetrators. In addition, the study will examine different family experiences (e.g., homo/trans-positivity, homo/trans-negative microggression, exposure to family violence, and non-violent family adversity) that may increase or decrease the risk of becoming polyvictimized (i.e., experiencing 5 or more unique forms of violence each year). The long-term goals of the project are to inform new policies, prevention strategies, and interventions to reduce rates of victimization for LGBTQ youth.
Kaleidoscope looks forward to learning more about the experiences and needs of the youth we serve, knowing that such information will better inform our programming, social policies, and the lives of LGBTQ and Ally youth.
Want to know more about why youth are being asked to Speak Out and why youth are choosing to participate? Check out the video below:
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