NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PSEG and The Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University have partnered to help provide incentives to New Jersey public high schools interested in offering the LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Initiative to their LGBTQ student population and allies.
Through a $10,000 grant from the PSEG Foundation, the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University will fund The LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Initiative. The Initiative is designed to encourage New Jersey public high schools to apply for grants to partner with the Tyler Clementi Center on day-long youth events to help improve the health and well-being, academic performance, and graduation rates among LGBTQ students.
"We are proud to be part of such a critically important social initiative that will help school leaders feel empowered to speak to students about their needs and develop resources to help bridge the gap between trusted adults and LGBTQ students," said Ellen Lambert, President of the PSEG Foundation. "In both school and work environments, we strive to create inclusive cultures that allow everyone to succeed."
"The Tyler Clementi Center is thrilled to be partnering with the PSEG Foundation on such an important initiative. While LGBTQ youth are more visible than ever in our schools, many continue to cope with social stigma, peer aggression/bullying, and fragmented support networks," said Maren Greathouse, director, Tyler Clementi Center. "This partnership with PSEG will provide critical support to LGBTQ youth and their allies, and prepare teachers and administrators to carry on this work in their respective schools."
The workshops will help engage all students in meaningful discussions about identity development, coping strategies, constructive methods for responding to anti-LGBTQ violence, and improve overall relationships between LGBTQ students and allies. Students will be invited to participate in a statewide climate survey that measures school, home and neighborhood environment, overall health and academic aspirations -- providing an in-depth snapshot of the experiences and needs of LGBTQ youth across New Jersey.
Additional information on the specific workshop grant process will be announced in the near future.
About the Tyler Clementi Center
The Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University- New Brunswick studies the transition experience of students entering higher education, examining the impact of bias, peer aggression and institutional climate on students identifying with one or more stigmatized populations- including LGBTQ and gender non-conforming students, students of color, women, religious and ethnic minorities and other stigmatized identities and/or experiences. Through research and scholarship, best practice guidance and practical tools/interventions, the Tyler Clementi Center assists campus professionals in fostering institutional responsiveness and an affirming transition experience for all students entering higher education.
About the PSEG Foundation
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG). The Foundation generally supports and invests in programs in three areas: community and the environment, education and safety. The Foundation provides grants to organizations in communities served by PSEG and its subsidiaries.
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