Safe Spaces

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Bethany Children’s Home is proud to be an ally.

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SAFE SPACES functions as a support group while providing education, safety, and confidentiality to youth who are growing with their identity as it pertains to current LGBTQ struggles. This group is designed to build community cohesion for LGBTQ and straight ally youth; while focusing on allowing youth to have a “Safe Space” to provide support, build community among one another, and provide tools to build positive activism to create change and spread knowledge to both staff and peer groups. We have our own Safe Space group on campus facilitated by social services and therapeutic staff.

Safe Space facilitators often partner with Bethany’s PRIDE team to support youth and have partnered with SPECTRUM at Planned Parenthood for youth to attend SPECTRUM meetings in Reading. In addition to the Safe Space curriculum and SPECTRUM meetings, Bethany has  utilized tools and resources from The Trevor Project, GLSEN, Human Rights Campaign, and GLADD. We’ve participated in the Reading PRIDE parade, the National Day of Silence, #spiritday, and  National Coming Out Day. To learn more about Bethany’s commitment to being an Open & Affirming organization, click here.