- Nearly 80% of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser. Read more.
- Roughly 19% to 29% of gay and lesbian students and 18% to 28% of bisexual students experienced dating violence in the prior year. Read more.
- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers. Read more.
- LGB youth who feel valued by their parents are less likely to experience depression. LGB youth who feel valued by their parents are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Read more.
- Indiana Youth Group: 317-541-8726
- The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1-800-332-7385
- The Julian Center: 317-920-9320 (24-hour crisis line)
- Peace Learning Center
- Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 (Trevor Lifeline) or 1-202-304-1200 (Textline available Fridays)
- National Teen Dating Violence: Hotline 866.331.9474 (hotline) or text “loveis” to 22522 to chat with someone who can help
- Indianapolis Healthy Start
- Stomp Out Bullying: 855-790-HELP (hotline)
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about healthy relationships here.
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about LGBTQ youth safety and well-being here.
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about teen dating violence here.
Youth Champion: Alvin Sangsuwangul, Indiana Youth Group
- Why did you want to go into this line of work?
I didn’t set out to do this type of work. I grew up in Indianapolis, went to college in California, then I spent a year abroad in Thailand. I finally came home to Indy to be close to family. My passion has always been social justice, and what is my responsibility for making things right. When I returned home I first worked with Public Allies, which connected me with IYG. I had spent time there in high school and now that I’d returned home decided to work with them again. I’d developed a passion for working with and developing young people.
- What was your first day on the job like?
It’s hard to remember my first day as staff member, but when I returned as a volunteer it brought back a lot of memories. Coming in as volunteer gave me view of how the community can be supportive, welcoming, and help people be best they can be.
- What is most rewarding about your job?
Seeing the youth I work with, who are ages 12-20. They come every week, I build relationships with them, and I get to see how people grow. It’s very rewarding.
- What is the most challenging part of your job?
Working intentionally. I have to keep in mind the impact my words and actions have on youth and work to be a positive influence. I try to learn from my mistakes. I look at what questions they ask, and what their behavior demonstrates. I balance the need to keep a community center where everyone is appreciated. I also try to be aware about where they are, and what their goals and passions are. It can be mentally tiring to be thinking about this.
- How has MCCOY helped your organization succeeded or grow?
I’m not sure, I don’t work directly with MCCOY, the administrative staff does.
- Where do you see yourself and your organization in five years?
I don’t know. I want to become best I can be, and the organization to be the best it can be.
Founded in 1987, the Indiana Youth Group (IYG) was created as a resource to combat the terrible suicide, dropout and homeless rates of Indianapolis’ LGBTQ youth. Since its inception IYG has grown in size and works to not only provide support and a safe space for LGBTQ youth but empower them through programs and leadership opportunities. For more information IYG check out their website: www.indianayouthgroup.org.