Make It Better Project

    What is the Make It Better Project?

    GSA Network launched the Make It Better Project on October 1st, 2010 to give youth and adults the concrete tools they need to make schools safer for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students right now. 

    Through our YouTube channel, social media, and the campaigns, initiatives, and resources available on this website, the Make It Better Project aims to educate, motivate, and unite students and adults to effectively take action to stop bullying and harassment in schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.  Our goal is to create safe, welcoming school environments that actively support LGBT youth and prevent suicide.

    GSA NetworkContact Us

    The Make It Better Project is sponsored by Gay-Straight Alliance NetworkGSA Network empowers youth to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools by training youth activists and supporting student-led Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in California and throughout the country.  Reach out to Jill Marcellus at GSA Network (jill@gsanetwork.org) to learn more.


    How does the Make It Better Project differ from the It Gets Better Project?

    Columnist Dan Savage started the “It Gets Better” video campaign to send a message of hope to LGBT youth who are experiencing bullying and contemplating suicide.  His project, along with a swell in media coverage of youth deaths by suicide in the fall of 2010, ignited dialogue across the country about the epidemic of bullying in our schools. But it left an important question unaddressed: what can we do to make it better? 

    GSA Network launched the Make It Better Project to let students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and adult allies know that there are concrete actions they can take right now to make schools safer for all students.

    Is bullying is a widespread problem?

    Yes. The federal government estimates that 2 out of 10 high school students experience bullying each year, and the problem is typically worse for middle school students.  For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, this rate is 9 out of 10.   Bullying, particularly bullying based on bias or discrimination, is an epidemic in our country.

    “The Make It Better Project is a chance to do something about injustices in our schools. It's an opportunity to have a voice, to be known, to be understood, and to be accepted. It will NOT get better until we MAKE IT BETTER!  I participated because I know what it's like to be discriminated against, not only because of my gender identity, but by my skin color as well. It hurts to know that someone will not be accepted and it is devastating to feel so unwanted and hated that you get pushed to the brink of self-harm. I've participated in Make It Better because it gives me a chance to help the ones I wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise.” - Buddie Sims, student, Pomona, California

    Endorsing Organizations

    The Make It Better Project is endorsed by over 90 organizations nationwide:

    GLAAD PFLAG The Trevor Project
    GLSEN ACLU of Northern California
    Transgender Law Center GroundSpark
    Safe Schools Coalition Marriage Equality USA Advocates for Youth
    Queer Youth Task Force COLAGE People for the American Way
    NOH8 Equality Federation Campus Progress
    Q4EJ Welcoming Schools SIECUS
    Family Equality Council Proud Deaf Queer Break the Cycle
    Keshet LA Gay & Lesbian Center SF Center
    EQCA Youth Pride Inc Gay City
    Californians for Justic Scenarios USA Safe Schools South Florida
    GLBTQ Online High School Our Family Coalition SMYRC
    Pacific Center Billy DeFrank
    Rainbow Health Initiative Outright Vermont LIGALY
    YSPP Q Center Mass Equality
    TransActive JersVision Youth Leadership Institute
    Friends of Project 10 Gender Justice LA One Iowa
    Diversity Center We Are the YOUTH Oregon Safe Schools
    Mazzoni Center Harmony Cafe TransMentors International
    Broward Human Rights Initiative Greater Seattle Business Association Stonewall Democratic Club
    Ingersoll Gender Center Scarleteen Southern Poverty Law Center
    One Colorado TTPC
    Add Verb Productions District 202 SBNN
    True Colors MTPC Coexistence Coalition
    Get Equal Campus Pride Spectrum
    Out & Equal Teen Line Stonewall Youth
    Utah Pride Center Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth Pridelines
    Operation Shine America Iowa Pride Network Stomp Out Bullying
    LGBT Coalition of Western Massachusetts Safe Schools Action Network  
    Family Acceptance Project Equality Forum Queer Landia