Help us help LGBTQ+ youth (18-25) secure a better future.
We are asking for community support to fund our two educational assistance grant programs. One is to issue grants to help awardees finish their high school diploma or GED. The second program assists awardees entering trade school or certificate programs.
It is estimated that a third of LGBTQ+ students drop out of high school, which is more than triple the national dropout rate. Reasons can vary from hostile school climate created by bullying and harassment by peers based on sexual orientation or gender identity, to schools not adopting proactive and inclusive non-discrimination policies, and unstable or non-affirming home life. As a result, LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately represented in the homeless youth population.
For some LGBTQ+ youth, graduating high school is not as important as trying to survive day-to-day. Casa BruMar Foundation has launched a new Education Assistance Grant program to help LGBTQ+ youth (ages 18-25) in Virginia to get their GED or high school diploma, or, if they already have that, help them increase their ability to earn income by going to trade school or earning a certificate. This is one step toward eliminating homelessness and the cycle of poverty which plagues our community.
We believe this program will help empower and improve the quality of life for many of our LGBTQ+ youth in the Commonwealth of Virginia.