Neutral Zone’s Riot Youth, a youth-led program, is a critical resource for LGBTQ+ youth and has changed the lives of hundreds of teens.
Recently Riot Youth teens launched a county-wide project to advocate and educate for high schools across Washtenaw County to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all students.
Riot Youth has brought together GSA & QSAs (Gay and Queer Straight Alliance student groups) to understand the LGBTQ+ school experience through nearly 2000 surveys which they turned into key recommendations for school change. Next, they captured personal experiences of LGBTQ+ students through digital stories.
Now, the teens are being trained in dialogue to lead conversations for change with middle and high school students. The goal is to share the video and host dialogues with 1000 students and to speak with 250 educators/school board members to advocate for inclusive policy, training and support.
Riot Youth teens are leading their school communities to be a space for school change.