North Carolina Nonprofit Helps Texas Launch Text Service to Support LGBT Youth
DURHAM, N.C. (February 13, 2011) – A North Carolina-based text service has coordinated with officials in Houston, T.X., to launch the nation’s first personalized text-and-answer service for LGBT youth. The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) worked with Texas-based KidThrive to launch QueeryQuery last month.
The local television program Great Day Houston featured the new QueeryQuery service and KidThrive co-founder Amy Looper on a special program on bullying last week (http://www.khou.com/greatday/gdh_020911_seg2-115647519.html).
APPCNC caught the attention of public health officials worldwide with the launch of their BrdsNBz Text Message Warm Line in February 2009. The BrdsNBz service supplements the work of parents, educators, and medical professionals by providing North Carolina a medically accurate, personalized answer to teens’ sexual health and relationship questions.
KidThrive, which works to help adults raise healthy children in an increasingly digital world, contacted APPCNC last year to help develop a text service to help youth cope with bullying. Studies show that LGBT students experience bullying more frequently than their non-LGBT peers.
QueeryQuery is only available to Houston youth, and BrdsNBz is only available to North Carolina youth. APPCNC is coordinating with groups across the country to help them launch similar services.
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