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AASL Backs the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Project THRIVE for LGBT+ Youth

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation to work on its Project THRIVE, “a multi-year national campaign to create more equitable, inclusive support systems and help families and youth-serving professionals become better equipped to affirm, support, and care for LGBTQ youth.” It focuses on helping “those of color, those disconnected from school and work, those involved in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system, and those experiencing poverty. Project THRIVE’s goals include reducing the significant disparities in mental and physical health outcomes and improving school safety and inclusion so LGBTQ students succeed academically and socially.” Professionals who serve these populations will receive the tools, resources, and training they need to provide support and raise awareness.

“School librarians historically have addressed the whole child and structured the school library as a safe haven for all learners,” says Kathy Carroll, AASL’s president. “This partnership continues that tradition and school librarians will now be better equipped to support LGBTQ young people while also authentically incorporating diversity into their curriculum and collections.”

For more information, read the press release.



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