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RainbowYOUTH Resource Proves Big Success in Schools

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RainbowYOUTH’s Inside Out video and teaching guides have proven a big success, with educators and students rating the resources highly.

Generated by 72 LGBT+ young people, educators and anti-bullying experts, the resource is a school-based tool to reduce bullying – promoting the understanding of issues related to sex, sexuality and gender diverse people.

A four-stage evaluation of the resource from over 400 students and educators revealed that 89% of students would recommend the resource and 97% of educators reported the resource was effective or highly effective in increasing the confidence of young people.

The resource, which has been in schools for 18 months, was found to be most effective in school environments that had a low tolerance of bullying and where there was a supportive and inclusive culture.

It was also found to be valuable in community settings, where the videos and accompanying guides were used by whānau and youth workers supporting young people.

The resource is a collaboration of CORE Education, Curative and Rainbow Youth, co-designed with young people and funded by MSD, later transferring to Oranga Tamariki in 2017 after its release.

“The impact of the resource can largely be attributed to the collaborative development and the specialist skills that each organisation offered,” says Jeremy Lambert, Tamariki Advocate at Oranga Tamariki. 

“We’re pleased that this is making a positive impact with young people who need support,” he says.

Inside Out is free to download from http://insideout.ry.org.nz/ and includes teacher-specific material and classroom videos, along with discussion guidelines.

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