The App: LGBT+ Anti- Isolation & Anti-Bullying Mobile App (I AM) Campaign
Using the “I Am” App campaign will provide San Joaquin County youth with mobile resources that will enrich and empower their lives. We believe that this is the first of its kind social media app that will help youth find a safe LGBT+ space on campus, the ability to report bullying but also how to create their own LGBT+ student club, who is a trained and supportive staff person on campus and how they can socialize with other LGBT+ students within San Joaquin County.
Mayor Michael Tubbs, Principal Andre Phillips, APP Developer Laura Nguyen, San Joaquin Pride Center Executive Director Nicholas Hatten
Where: Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, 1621 Brookside Rd, Stockton, CA 95207, Gymnasium
When: Feb. 22nd, 11:45 am- Statements followed by interviews
What: I AM LGBT+ Anti-bullying/Anti-Isolation APP Launch
The challenges facing LGBT+ youth at home, school and within their communities make this segment of our community one of, if not, the most at-risk for suicide, substance abuse, unhealthy behaviors and homelessness. Non-acceptance by family and peers, bullying in school and the feeling of isolation can lead to depression or at-risk behavior like alcohol consumption or tobacco use. LGBT+ youth are at increased risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. A nationally representative study of adolescents in grades 7–12 found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth were more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. The odds of substance use for LGBT+ youth were, on average, 190% higher than for heterosexual youth and substantially higher within some subpopulations of LGBT+ youth (340% higher for bisexual youth, 400% higher for females). 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT+. In comparison, the general youth population is only 10% LGBT+. 75% of homeless LGBT+ youth are forced into sex trafficking to survive.
The I Am APP is part of San Joaquin Pride Center’s Cultivating Acceptance Program which is funded by California’s Reducing Disparities Pilot Project grant. Managed by California’s Office of Health Equity, this community defined best practice model is designed to increase acceptance of LGBT+ youth in schools and within community with a goal of reducing the rate of incidents that lead to mental health illness among our youth.
For more information, please contact (209) 466-7572 or [email protected].