Out in Schools, in partnership with Scotiabank, has launched its annual end-of-year campaign to help raise funds to continue its work inside British Columbia classrooms.
The second year for its Making Hallways Bright campaign, this year Out In Schools has partnered with Scotiabank who will match dollar-for-dollar any money raised up to $5,000.
“The money raised will help the Out in Schools team to reach 10,000 youth, visit new rural BC schools in 2016, and train new facilitators,” says Out in Schools in a press release. “Out in Schools has already presented on Haida Gwaii this year and plan to visit the Okanagan, Shuswap, and Revelstoke regions next year.”
The Out in Schools program brings fresh and relevant films into classrooms to facilitate dialogue about the reality of LGBTQ2+ youth experience. Youth learn the impact of homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination, and walk away with a commitment to helping stop bullying.
“The Out in Schools program works,” says the release. “Feedback evaluations show that young people leave the presentations with an understanding of homophobia and transphobia’s very real impacts, sharpened critical thinking skills, and an empathetic connection that fosters a commitment to stop bullying.”
Donations to Making Hallways Bright can be made online at OutInSchools.com or in person at Scotiabank’s 1500 Marine Drive branch in North Vancouver until December 31.