Resources for Serving Homeless LGBTQ Teens (Fall 2014)

In the fall 2014 issue of YALS – with the theme Yes I Can! – Julie Winkelstein and Jama Shelton give readers insights into the importance of working with homeless LGBTQ teens. The authors also put together the following list of resources for library staff to use when learning more about the topic and implementing services to the population.

Nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth: 866.488.7386

On the Web
Family Acceptance Project
This project offers excellent resources on families and acceptance of their LGBTQ children. The information could be used for a family program at the library. An excellent place to start is with the video: “Always My Son.” Other resources include research, free publications, and news. Libraries are not mentioned – but they could be and should be.

Forty to None Project
This project raises awareness about and addresses LGBTQ youth homelessness. It has great resources for parents, youth, teachers and service providers.
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Hone Your Advocacy Skills Alphabetically (Fall 2012 Issue)

In the fall issue of YALS, with the theme of advocacy, Heather Gruenthal’s article, A School Library Advocacy Alphabet, provides readers with a wealth of information on how school library staff (and others that work with teens actually) can advocate for their libraries and for teens every day of the year. Heather covers the meaning of advocacy, the importance of branding, collaboration, telling your story, elevator pitches, and even why photocopying is important. She also provides a really useful list of resources for anyone to use to learn about advocacy and learn how to hone their advocacy skills. Here’s what’s on her list: