- Student Support & Equity
- Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)
- District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
- English Language Learner Placement
- English Language Development Standards
- Gender Support
- MVLA Equity Alliance & Advisory
- Summer Enrichment
MVLA is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all students, including transgender and gender-expansive students, by maximizing inclusion and social integration while minimizing exclusion and stigmatization. Student and families are encouraged to reach out to their assigned administrator if they have any questions or concerns regarding gender support strategies, privacy-rights, and/or complaints of discrimination or harassment. Gender support meetings are available for students and, if appropriate, the student’s guardians to identify student needs. The gender support meeting can address issues related to facilities (restrooms, locker rooms, etc.), academic or educational support programs, names and pronouns, educational records, extracurricular events such as field trips, and/or co-curricular activities such as sports.
All individuals, including students, have a right to privacy: the right to decide when, with whom and how much highly personal information to share about oneself to others. Administrators will work with students in determining the most appropriate support.
Please note: MVLA's Gender Support Plan is an adaptation of the Gender Support Plan designed by Gender Spectrum.
Resources for Students
The Q Corner is a peer-driven, Behavioral Health Services Department program dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community and their friends, families, and allies, in Santa Clara County. This safe, welcoming, and affirming team is committed to making community services and resources available to everyone.
The Q Corner Services include:
- Support Navigating Resources and Referrals
- Peer Support and Mentoring
- Opportunities for Social Activities and Community Building
- Information on available Trainings and Best Practices
The Gender Health Center (GHC) is the first all ages clinic specialized in caring for transgender, gender-non-binary and gender expansive people in the South Bay. They offer medical care, mental/emotional health care, social work support for practical needs, and opportunities for community connection.
The National Center for Youth with Diverse Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Expression (The National SOGIE Center), provides a centralized site for accessing resources on providing culturally responsive care to children, youth, young adults with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) and their families across systems, including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health (including school mental health), substance use systems, and housing and homelessness.
How to Help Yourself or a Friend
Suicide Prevention Resources for LGBTQ+ Community Santa Clara County
Outlet a program of Adolescent Counseling Services
Outlet is youth-centered, respecting all individuals and honoring their differences. Outlet program staff provide a safe environment that is confidential, inclusive, and non-judgmental. Striving for social justice and engaging youth in achieving freedom, fairness, and equality for all are the core elements of the program. Outlet services support the emotional, physical, and social development of youth as whole individuals.
Key tips on knowing your rights, discussing your experiences, and understanding your gender as you navigate your Gender identity across multiple realms.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. Services are free and confidential. They speak with callers of all ages about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more! They also maintain the largest resource database of its kind in the world, with over 18,000 listings. Their database contains information on social and support groups, as well as gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups and more. They also have information on GLBT-friendly businesses including lawyers, doctors and various counseling professionals.
The California Youth Crisis Line is a statewide, toll-free, 24-hour, confidential phone line available to young people between the ages of 12-24, and concerned friends and family members. CCY provides crisis intervention counseling on many issues including family problems, sexual assault, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, suicide and more. CCY offers support, encouragement, and referrals to youth needing assistance or in crisis situations.
The Trevor Project: About the Trevor Project | Resource Center
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.
The Affordable College website provides a guide of comprehensive resources to help you find the college experience that suits you best. Learn what to look for in a college, discover your rights as a member of the LGBTQ community, explore new avenues for activism, or connect with other LGBTQ students.
The Trans Care Coalition Resource list: @SCCTransCare
Resources for Parents
Research from the Family Acceptance Project® shows that families play a critical role in contributing to serious health risks & promoting well-being for LGBTQ young people.
Learn about how family behaviors affect your LGBTQ child's health risks and ways to reduce risk and increase support.
Is youth-centered, respecting all individuals and honoring their differences. Outlet program staff provide a safe environment that is confidential, inclusive, and non-judgmental. Striving for social justice and engaging youth in achieving freedom, fairness, and equality for all are the core elements of the program. Outlet services support the emotional, physical, and social development of youth as whole individuals.
Is the only national and international organization in the world specifically supporting young people with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents. The offer support and advocacy, and have groups, activities, trips, pen pals, a national conference, a newsletter publication for kids, information and resources, and more. Visit www.colage.org for more information or call (415) 861-KIDS.
Is a monthly support group open to parents, spouses, siblings, and friends of lesbians and gays. San Jose meetings take place at United Church of Christ at 1980 Hamilton Ave., San Jose, CA on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Visit pflagsanjose.org for more information, or call (408) 270-8182.
Is a welcoming community of families with transgender and gender-creative children up and down the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout the South Bay. We hold monthly playgroups for families with young children, social events for family members of all ages, and an active online group for 24/7 parent and guardian support. Contact: TransFamiliesSV@gmail.com
Is a comprehensive collection of research, resources, and stories to help any parent, family member, or guardian learn more about gender diversity.
Has been advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education since it was founded in 1977.
Works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLAD works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.