THE SAFE KIDS INITIATIVE

Our Safe Kids Initiative protects LGBTQ youth in California. By passing legislation that supports LGBTQ youth, and engaging in trainings, teach-ins and empowerment workshops at local schools and homeless shelters, we are changing laws, hearts and minds to make our communities safe for young queer and trans people.

THE SYRA PROJECT

Canvass for a Cause is educating the public about issues affecting the LGBTQ community, especially houselessness. We have had over one million conversations with the public about LGBTQ issues in California. Right now, we are building support for our new program, The Syra Project. This project provides safe housing, food, and transportation for the transgender community in San Diego.

THE PROBLEM

Right now, the transgender community is particularly at risk for homelessness, violence, and suicide. 29% of transgender people have been denied access to a shelter, and over 50% of transgender people have been assaulted in a shelter. Transgender women of color experience disproportionately higher rates of discrimination, oppression, and violence compared to other transgender and cisgender people. Our youth are also suffering. LGBTQ students drop out of high school at triple the national rate and 42% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. With unsupportive communities and unsafe schools and shelters, LGBTQ individuals are denied the chance to succeed.

Changing hearts and minds, one person at a time!

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