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OUT Maine awarded over $100k to create online tools for schools, providers

Feb 10, 2021
Photo by: OUT Maine Youth at the Rainbow Ball Weekend in 2019. OUT Maine’s training focuses on creating welcoming and affirming environments for LGBTQ+ youth. Photo by Steve Scoville.

Rockland — Because of the participation of the Jane’s Trust and You Have Our Trust Fund, OUT Maine is converting its in-person professional development curriculum and expanding content to reach more teachers and service providers who work with LGBTQ+ youth.

While over 8000 educators, health care and behavioral health providers were trained in the last five years, the need for community-based support is growing.

According to the Maine Department of Education, 20% of Maine’s teens identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary or questioning (LGBTQ+). At high risk for bullying and harassment and significant Adverse Childhood Experiences, OUT Maine’s training initiative helps youth by building a safety net of informed providers across rural communities.

The training initiative focuses on creating affirming environments for LGBTQ+ youth in a variety of settings, including schools, youth camps/programs, medical and therapy practices and community service providers.

Volunteers of the support group can now use these funds to increase OUT Maine’s educational reach and help make Maine more welcoming and affirming for LGBTQ+ youth, with the aid of their new online educational tools.

For more information, or to support OUT’s critical work on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth, visit

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Feb 15, 2021 09:10

This is the kind of support these young folks need.

Posted by: Seth Thayer | Feb 15, 2021 04:35

It's so important to support our young Americans, no matter what.  Great photo.

Posted by: ANANUR FORMA |

Great photo........... happy people.

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