Some use violent video game parties to attract students through the church doors on Friday nights.Over the past year I've conducted dozens of interviews with 20-somethings who have walked away from their Christian faith.Among the most surprising findings was this: nearly all of these "leavers" reported having positive experiences in youth group. "There are a lot more fun things to do at college than eat pizza." Good point.
Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health.
However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.
Historically, YRBS and other studies have gathered data on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth but have not included questions about transgender and questioning/queer youth.
As that changes and data becomes available, this content will be updated to include information regarding transgender and questioning/queer youth.
LGB youth are at greater risk for depression, suicide, substance use, and sexual behaviors that can place them at increased risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Schools can implement evidence-based policies, procedures, and activities designed to promote a healthy environment for all youth, including LGB students.
For example, research has shown that in schools with LGB support groups (such as gay-straight alliances), LGB students were less likely to experience threats of violence, miss school because they felt unsafe, or attempt suicide than those students in schools without LGB support groups.
Positive parenting practices, such as having honest and open conversations, can help reduce teen health risk behaviors.
According to the 2015 YRBS, LGB students were 140% (12% v.
5%) more likely to not go to school at least one day during the 30 days prior to the survey because of safety concerns, compared with heterosexual students.
"Icebreakers" (or ice breakers) are games or activities that break the ice and help people get to know each other at group functions, parties and events.