Stand Out groups, a part of our
Youth Health and Wellbeing - School and Community based Programs, are dedicated
to creating a safe and inclusive environment for the school’s rainbow community.
Stand Out groups are facilitated
by schools to support students who are LGBTIQA+, allies and/or questioning
their sexuality or gender identity. The aim of the groups is to be safe,
inclusive, fun environment where students can meet, share experiences and advocate
for the rainbow community.
LGBTIQA+ students can have a
rough time at school, and students from schools with Stand Out groups told us
they feel safer, they made friends, they heard less homophobic or transphobic
language and students were more confident to challenge it when they did hear
it. Through collaboration, we work towards raising awareness of LGBTIQA+
issues and fostering a culture of respect and celebration.
The Youth Development Unit
ensures that schools can establish and sustain Stand Out groups
effectively, facilitated through our Stand Out Community of Practice for
teachers and school staff.
- To create a safe environment that is free from bullying and abuse
for LGBTIQA+ students to meet, share experiences and have fun.
- To advocate for the rainbow community within the school, promote
and celebrate days of significance, and raise awareness.
- To increase teacher and school staff capacity to support LGBTIQA+
students in all aspects of the school environment.
Promotion of a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTIQA+ students at school.
- Celebration of rainbow community days of significance to the broader school community (IDAHOBIT, Wear It Purple, Pride Month, etc).
- Increased visibility and safety for LGBTIQA+ students and school community.
- Structured leadership team to support Stand Out groups and embed the program within your school’s culture.
- Empowerment of students to take on leadership roles, advocate for their peers, and raise awareness of LGBTIQA+ issues within the school environment.
LGBTIQA+ students and their
allies, facilitated by teachers and school staff committed to fostering a
supportive and inclusive school environment.
Weekly lunchtime sessions
- Delivered during school lunch breaks.
- Access to a suitable space such as a classroom, meeting room, or designated wellbeing area.
- Allocation of teaching/support staff to facilitate and support the group.
- Engagement of teaching/support staff in our Stand Out Community of Practice for ongoing learning and support.
- Resources for fun and engaging activities.
Evaluation conducted twice a year through focus groups
or surveys to ensure the program's effectiveness and relevance.
If you are a teacher, wellbeing officer or school and would like to organise a Stand Out group at your school please contact [email protected]