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Sunday, February 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Combating LGBTQ Bullying in Orthodox Middle Schools and High Schools

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Research shows that the majority of direct bullying takes place in middle school (6-8th grade), and that most of this bullying is related to perceived sexuality and gender expression. Consequently, impactful anti-bullying initiatives begin at this age and follow through high school. While this kind of bullying also takes place at Orthodox schools; staff, administration, and parents are often at an impasse as to how to broach this issue in a way that is aligned with the values of the school. JQY is a clinical organization that provides weekly support resources for LGBTQ youth from Orthodox communities. Over the last 10 years, JQY has served nearly 1500 teens at our various Drop-in centers, online groups, and crisis line. The information collected amounts to the largest mental health data source for this population. JQY uses this essential experience to approach trainings in Orthodox schools from a mental health perspective. The focus on mental health best practices, as opposed to religious ideology or interpretation, allows JQY to work more easily with Orthodox middle schools and high schools on trainings for both students and staff. At this session, we will give an overview of these trainings, relay the feedback we have received in our work with Orthodox day schools, and facilitate a discussion about combatting LGBTQ bullying in Orthodox environments.

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Mordechai Levovitz

Mordechai Levovitz is the founder and Clinical Director of JQY (Jewish Queer Youth), a NY-based nonprofit supporting LGBTQ Jewish youth from Orthodox, Hassidic, and Sephardi communities. In his tenure, he created and spearheaded projects like JQY Teen Drop-In Center, The Orthodox... Read More →

Sunday February 16, 2020 10:15am - 11:15am EST
10th Floor Conference Room

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