CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Trevor Project, Campus Pride and Kognito have entered into a partnership to bring a trio of online safety net programs to support pre-teens through college-age youth.

The simulations are geared toward secondary school personnel and higher education staff and students. The training suite builds skills to support LGBTQ youth in the years when peer pressure, harassment and bullying can have the most devastating results.

“These groundbreaking trainings Step in, Speak Up, and the LGBTQ on Campus allow The Trevor Project to expand our reach exponentially, helping more people build the skills they need to create safe schools,” said Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “By making schools and campuses safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students, we can help improve safety for all students.”

Campus Pride reported that 63.5 percent of LGBTQ youth in middle school and high school have felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation, and 43.9 percent because of their gender expression. On the college level higher rates of harassment, as well as greater fear for physical safety, are key areas where LGBTQ students and faculty out rank their straight peers.

Suicide prevention is a top priority for the trio programs.

Kognito Interactive built the simulations using their Human Interaction Game Engine. The simulations are available online around the clock and can be purchased through the developer’s website. Cost is $28.95 for Step In Speak Up!, $25 for LGBTQ On Campus for Students and $32.50 for LGBTQ On Campus for Faculty and Staff.


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