According to a 2015 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 34% of LGBTQ adolescents were bullied on school property within the prior school year, and 10% were threatened or injured with a weapon.
Safe Space NOVA is a nonprofit looking to change those statistics by supporting local LGBTQ youth, while also offering a safe place for students and young adults to find helpful resources, connect with their peers and have a space to discuss the challenges students may be facing at home, school or elsewhere.
The organization is hosting its very first Safe Space NoVA 2019 Brunch Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. in Alexandria. WUSA9’s Lorenzo Hall will emcee the event, which will award scholarships to local students, honor volunteer commitments and be awarded with a proclamation of community service by Virginia Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Chantilly).
Attendees of the event will enjoy food and drinks with community members and LGBTQ youth supporters, as well as get to know more about the organization’s mission, and contribute to the organization’s $5,000 fundraising goal. // The Garden: 5380 Eisenhower Ave., Suite C, Alexandria; $50
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