Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services

fYrefly in Schools Panelist


fYrefly in Schools (FiNS) aims to increase awareness of the impact of homophobic/transphobic bullying and to equip students with the tools to challenge prejudice and discrimination and become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and greater communities. fYrefly in Schools sessions include awareness activities around inclusive language, homophobia, transphobia, and feature a youth panel. A trained educator facilitates all sessions and moderates the questions and answer period. 

fYrefly in Schools panelists act as ambassadors of fYrefly when they are visiting schools, their primary role is sharing personal stories around coming out, lived experiences as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and/or being an ally. Panelists must attend training to hone presentation skills and gain familiarity with the program.

fYrefly in Schools panelists average time commitment is 25 hours per year, but can be less or more depending on individual interest. For more information check out fYrefly in Schools program  or email fyreflys@ualberta.ca