Copyright 2005
Girl's Best Friend Foundation

Girl's Best Friend Foundation (GBF) closed November 2007. 
GBF’s records are archived with Special Collections of the University
of Illinois, Chicago.  In fall 2008, they will be made public:

Provide safe space for LGBTQ youth

Read the toolkit

Practical activities and guides to make your work easier. How to support youth as they grow into their sexuality and gender identity. How to talk about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) issues.

Download the LGBTQ Youth Safe Space Project report (MS Word, 284k)

Summary and recommendations from focus groups and surveys of 43 Chicago-area youth programs. The youth workers reported their practices, questions, concerns, and funding experiences in providing safe space for LGBTQ youth in their community-based organizations.  The paper documents why much work remains to be done by youth-serving organizations and grantmakers. The project was commissioned by GBF, Crossroads Fund, and the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Exclusive resources for GBF grantees

If you are interested in being invited to any of the following, tell us.

Youth Worker Exchanges
GBF hosts periodic discussions on topics that cut across many girls programs.

Learning Circles
Small, focused, professionally facilitated peer groups that meet regularly over seven months, to solve work-related organizational, management, and conceptual issues.

Training & Consultation on Evaluation and Research
Girls programs find the training we offer a great way to learn and carry out girl-friendly investigation and evaluation. GBF offers one or two groups trainings a year, and also underwrites training and consultation.
Read more about our research and evaluation

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