Students tend to thrive in schools and in their communities when they feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported. Unfortunately, the threat of gun violence, online bullying, and school disruption caused by COVID-19 are just some of the challenges that many students face, threatening their well-being and chances for academic success.

For LGBTQ+ students, the challenges are even greater. Statistics show that LGBTQ+ youth experience bullying, teasing, harassment, and physical assault more than other students. They also have higher rates of suicide. The good news is that positive and supportive learning environments can help students overcome these challenges.

Safe Schools Desert Cities is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works directly with school-sanctioned Gay-Straight Alliance Club (GSA) advisors, offering support for LGBTQ+ middle and high school students in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities. Safe Schools Desert Cities provides students with education, guidance, advocacy, resources, and opportunities for self-expression.

Since 2012, Safe Schools Desert Cities has provided nearly $200,000 in scholarships and financial awards. In addition, through events—such as the Rainbow Youth Summit, Leadership and Empowerment Summer Camp, Pride Prom, and the Youth Zone at Greater Palm Springs Pride—GSA students have opportunities to authentically engage with their peers in a safe and affirming environment.

Safe Schools Desert Cities relies on community support to fund its programs and activities and offers several ways to donate. To help make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth, please visit and donate today. As an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff and very little overhead, contributions are spent thoughtfully and carefully. Your donations are tax-deductible.

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