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Project THRIVE

Project THRIVE is a multi-year national campaign to create more equitable, inclusive support systems, and communities for LGBTQ+ youth. Project THRIVE will build the skills and capacities of all youth-serving professionals to better meet the needs of LGBTQ+ young people.

Project THRIVE is a collaborative effort of many national organizations, each committed to identifying opportunities within their own sphere of influence to increase awareness about and provide resources to address the unmet needs of LGBTQ+ youth, and to highlight best practices and success stories from their respective professional fields. Project THRIVE is committed to an intersectional approach in the work, and to ensuring that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) LGBTQ+ and those who are system-involved or have a history of homelessness are a priority focus.

This show of force across professions is supported by leaders from the nation's largest health, education, child welfare, legal, and juvenile justice organizations and are aimed at consolidating work to address, with singular focus, the persistent challenges and barriers that not only prevent LGBTQ+ young people from thriving, but continue to compromise their health, safety, and well-being.

2023 Back-to-School with Project THRIVE!

This checklist provides a research-based guide for K-12 educators and other youth-serving professionals as they proactively work to ensure safe, welcoming, and inclusive schools and communities for LGBTQ+ youth.

The Core Goals of Project THRIVE Include:

  • Actively promoting well-being for LGBTQ+ youth within all youth-serving professions (e.g. education, child welfare, juvenile justice, health care, etc.)

  • Providing all youth-serving professionals with the tools, resources, and professional development they need to support and affirm LGBTQ+ youth, in particular BIPOC LGBTQ+ youth and youth who have a history of system involvement

  • Increasing the proportion of LGBTQ+ youth experiencing permanent, supportive connections with caring adults and family networks

  • Reducing the significant disparities in mental and physical health outcomes among LGBTQ+ youth

  • Improving school safety and inclusion so LGBTQ+ students can succeed and thrive academically and socially

Resources from Project THRIVE

Project THRIVE Webinar Series

Register for upcoming webinars covering various topics on how to support LGBTQ+ youth in your community, or browse our past webinars. Sign up to our next event on our webinar page!

THRIVE Monthly Newsletters

Every month, the newsletter features new resources from professional organizations like the National Education Association (NEA), spotlights on Project THRIVE partner organizations, webinars and much more! Sign up or view our archived newsletters.

Project THRIVE Partner Organizations

Project THRIVE is a collaborative effort of many national organizations, view the full list of our partners here.

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Check Out Our Annual Summit!

Time to THRIVE

Time to THRIVE is an annual regional summit for educators, counselors, social workers, and other youth-serving professionals to learn how they can create safe, inclusive, and affirming environments for LGBTQ+ youth.

View past agenda's, exhibitors and supporters on our official event website.

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Contact us about the event through our general Time to THRIVE email: