I Am Self-Esteem

What is the Empowerment Program?

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Empowerment
Supporting LGBTQ Youth

More than one out of three lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are verbally or physically harassed at school. Many lack support from their families. As a result, LGBTQ students are far more likely to skip school or drop out. Our Empowerment program provides vital support for these amazing youth who are at high risk of becoming victims of violence and leaving school.


The program offers a weekly support group in Antioch where LGBTQ youth can be themselves, get social support, build self-esteem and gain the motivation to complete their education.

Group members also learn leadership skills to help them flourish in their schools and communities. Activities include educational workshops, discussions addressing current events, and getting involved in efforts to enforce anti-harassment/-discrimination policies in schools.

Who Can Join?
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We welcome all youth 14 to 18 who identify as LGBTQ as well as their straight allies.

Participants are assured that all information is confidential.

We know that this is particularly important to those who have not come out to their families and friends.

 

Who Supports the Program?

Funded through the Mental Health Services Act, Prevention and Early Intervention Program of Contra Costa Mental Health and by individual donations.