Stirling M. – BASIS Scottsdale

BASIS Scottsdale Senior Stirling M.

Identity Matters: Examining the Efficacy of LGBTQ Youth Programs

Project/blog link: Identity Matters: Examining the Efficacy of LGBTQ Youth Programs
BASIS Advisor: Mr. Jacob Wells
Internship location: One N Ten, Phoenix Youth Center
Onsite Mentor: Mr. Mike Schneider, Program Coordinator

Project Abstract

LGBTQ teens account for 40% of homeless youth, are far more likely to experience bullying and abuse at home and school, and are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual and cisgender youth (CDC, 2013). One N Ten works to counteract those alarming statistics by providing a Youth Center where LGBTQ youth aged 14-24 can laugh, relax, and engage with one another in a welcoming space. Belonging to a supportive community and taking part in One n Ten's programming can make a huge difference for these youth. Monday through Thursday, I spend four hours per day interacting with the youth, participating in group meetings and talking with staff and volunteers to assess how effective One N Ten’s programs are in promoting optimistic futures. The results of my observations, interviews, and data will all be compared with the conclusions of the national and regional studies I have compiled.

Identity Matters: Examining the Efficacy of LGBTQ Youth Programs