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Mission Statement

Hope in a Box helps rural educators create safe and welcoming classrooms for every student - regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We help rural public schools cultivate empathy and combat prejudice by representing LGBTQ people, stories, and history in school libraries and classrooms. We donate "Hope in a Box": curated books and multimedia with LGBTQ protagonists, bespoke lesson plans for these materials, and ongoing coaching on LGBTQ themes and inclusive pedagogy. By fall of 2020, we will have worked with over 120 schools, and we aim to support hundreds of schools in all 50 states by the end of the year.

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Research shows that LGBTQ kids are healthier, happier, and safer when their schools include LGBTQ history and literature in their classrooms. Students skip class less often, earn higher GPAs, and are far less likely to be depressed or bullied. Unfortunately, most schools-especially rural ones-rarely include LGBTQ themes in school libraries or curricula. Rural teachers say the biggest barriers to LGBT inclusion is lack of knowledge of which resources to use and how to do so tactfully.

Hope in a Box helps teachers create more welcoming and inclusive classrooms for LGBTQ students. We donate "Hope in a Box": expert-curated literature featuring LGBTQ protagonists, and bespoke lesson plans for key books. We help educators weave these materials into curricula and provide ongoing coaching on LGBTQ themes and terminology.

By Spring 2020, we will have worked with over 120 rural schools in 35 states. Of the educators we’ve worked with, 90% believe Hope in a Box noticeably improves LGBT students’ emotional well-being within one semester of receiving the materials; 80% formally incorporated the materials into curricula. Hundreds of schools across the country remain on our waitlist.

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