More than 50,000 students in Broward County Schools identify as LGBTQ+, including 7,800 who identify as transgender. LGBTQ+ youth typically face a unique set of challenges: Lack of acceptance from their parents and peers, persistent bullying, gender identity development, fear of disclosure, homelessness, among others. Nationwide, LGBTQ+ teens have been found to be six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression and four times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harm.
While Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County has traditionally served LGBTQ+ children and young adults, its BIG Pride program is intentional in addressing the needs and vulnerabilities by providing trusting, confidential, one-to-one mentoring relationships between Bigs and LGBTQ+ Littles. Each one of these matches is professionally supported by a Case Manager who oversees the safety of the children, the successful development of the relationships, the accomplishment of pre-set goals and the outcomes. Children enrolled in our Big Pride program have shown increased levels of self-esteem, academic improvement, parental support, and juvenile justice avoidance.
For more information, or to enroll in our BigPride program, contact Maribel Zurita at 954.298.5996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org