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Safe Zone

Provides support and resources for LGBTQ students and their families.

If you have any questions about Safe Zone, contact:

Janalee Barnard
(505) 855-9831

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students students face many barriers that can prevent them from feeling safe within their school environment including verbal and physical harassment and bullying.  These students are at increased risk of homelessness and self-destructive behaviors which often result in attendance issues and/or higher drop-out rates.

The Albuquerque Public Schools Safe Zone was designed to support LGBT students but is available to any other student as well.  Every middle and high school designates at least one staff member as a "safe adult" that students can go to if they need to report harassment and need help. Safe Zone Volunteers identify their office or classroom by hanging a SAFE ZONE sign so that they are easily identified by students.

Safe Zone Volunteers attend 2-3 district meetings per year for professional development, resource sharing and networking. Safe Zone Volunteers and other school staff may  choose to sponsor Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs, support groups or lunch groups to create safe spaces for students.

GLSEN  published the results of a 2016 school climate survey.  You can read it at: http://www.glsen.org/schoolclimate

The National Education Association published a report on the status of GLBT people in education. You can read the report here:  http://www.nea.org/home/32071.htm

The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. 

APS Policy and Procedure  - Intervening with a Potential Suicide

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