“Back to School” has always been met with a bit of ambivalence, especially from our young people. This fall “back to school” has a whole new meaning. And for many families, that meaning is, as yet, unknown.
Quarantine has increased anxiety and depression in many young people across the board. However, if you identify as LGBTQ+, being cut off from support networks, like friends and GSAs, and possibly living in non-affirming spaces, may make these intense emotions even worse. While it may feel like it, you are not alone.
While we feel the stress as parents, employees, and people, we cannot compare anything we have experienced in our past to what our teens and tweens are going through now. Here are some tips to maintain your own equilibrium.
In honor of National Coming Out Day (October 11), we celebrate those who bravely choose to live openly as LGBTQ. Coming out is always emotionally charged—not only for the person doing it, but for those they’re telling. For LGBTQ teens, who are often reliant on the adults around them for support and protection, the decision to come out can be extra-emotional and filled with uncertainty. They may be deeply scared of suffering rejection (or worse) at the hands of loved ones.
by Amy Rubin, Senior Director of Community Services
Shorter days, cooler temperatures, football and and the sweetness of apples dipped in honey. All signs that we are in the midst of transitioning to a new season and a New Year.
Several of our programs at JCFS Chicago are also transitioning to better serve the community. It's clear that the months ahead will be filled with energy! Shanah Tovah - may this New Year be filled with health, happiness and peace.
Everyone knows about the “sex talk” – also known as the conversation with your children about sexual health. Some parents and guardians dive right into the talk, while others avoid it at all costs. If you’ve been practicing avoidance, which response below best describes your philosophy?