These groups are co-facilitated by one staff member from a community-based organization (CBO) and one staff member from the school’s Wellness Center.The groups meet for 10 sessions each and address topics such as media literacy, healthy masculinity, dating and hooking up, gender and body image, LGBTQ identity and allyship, and HIV testing.
Examples of program activities include: In 2016, state and local education agencies funded by CDC reported specific activities to address LGBTQ youth.
The following are examples: As part of the San Francisco Unified School District’s outreach to reduce HIV transmission among black and Latino adolescent sexual minority males (ASMM), the district’s priority high schools organize and host Young Men’s Health Groups.
Participants in these health groups showed significant increases in school connectedness, sexual health knowledge, and intention to reduce sexual health risks.
After completing the groups, the participants were more likely to say they knew where to access condoms, that they respected people with different sexual orientations, and that they thought that someone at their school cared about them.
In partnership with the American Psychological Association, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and a collaborating community-based organization, the Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, hosted a training in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for school professionals.