Bridge for Youth, The

Grantee Year: 
2015
City: 
Twin Cities
State: 
Minnesota

Mental health issues are disproportionately high for LGBTQ youth. Few resources exist to support parents as their children struggle with isolation, depression, self-harm and suicide. The Bridge for Youth will convene parents/caregivers of LGBTQ teens in a one-year project to expand support for families, resulting in better outcomes for youth. In PACE (Parent and Caregiver Empowerment) participants will share support, healing, parenting tips and resources. Using a “train the trainer” approach, participants will learn how to start a group in their own community. Returning home with the materials, skills and confidence to start their own peer-based support groups, PACE members will lead sustainable grass-roots change that will grow over time.