fYrefly in Schools is an iSMSS educational initiative developed to help reduce discrimination against 2SLGBTQ+ youth, increase awareness of the impacts of homo/bi/transphobia, and equip students with the tools they need to become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and communities.
- Explore and engage with 2SLGBTQ+ terminology
- Identify and analyze the effects of homophobic language
- Debunk myths and stereotypes about LGBTQ people
- Identify ways to act as an ‘ally’ [in support of 2SLGBTQ+ people and their rights]
fYrefly in Schools workshops are structured to fit one school block, for one class at a time. This session can be as short as 40 minutes or as long as 90 minutes, whatever duration may best fit your current school block. Each session will be lead by a professional facilitator who has gone through training at the University of Alberta, and is supervised by ISMSS' Education Coordinator. We incorporate interactive and experiential learning elements into our workshops, and for that reason, we are unable to present to more than one class at a time. However, we are happy to revisit your school for multiple sessions. When time and resources permit, we will bring youth panelists, who may choose to share their personal experiences and narratives as a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, or as an ally. fYrefly in schools DOES NOT offer sexual health education. This program focuses on 2SLGBTQ+ identities, equity, allyship and human rights.
fYrefly in Schools Rural Alberta
fYrefly in Schools also offers workshops and sessions for municipals outside of the Edmonton and Calgary area. If you are interested in having a workshop for your school please contact our fYrefly in Schools Rural coordinator, Alexandra Marshall at Jam20@ualberta.ca.
fYrefly in schools – know your rights!
Did you know that every student in Alberta has a legal right to a GSA/QSA in their school?
The Province of Alberta Education Act, current as of September 1 2019, states that:
"If one or more students attending a school operated by a board request a staff member employed by the board for support to establish a voluntariy student organization or to lead an activity intended to promote a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging, the principal of the school shall
a) permit the establishment of the student organization or the holding of the activity at the school, and
b) designate a staff member to serve as the staff liaison to facilitate the establishment, and the ongoing operation, of the student organization or to assist in organizing the activity.
(3) The students may select a respectful and inclusive name for the organization including the name "gay-straight alliance" or "queer-straight alliance," after consulting with the principal."