At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, we strive for a community of acceptance. Through volunteer opportunities in Utah, adults around Utah can mentor youth who may be facing struggles and challenges at home, at school, or in their personal life. 


Bigs play a vital role in supporting and shaping youth. Bigs are encouraged to be educated on difficulties that LGBTQ+ youth face. Here is a list of 3 hardships LGBTQ+ youth can face: 


  1. Bullying

Studies have shown that LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to be bullied than other kids. Their identity has caused them to be subjected to violence, hate, and isolation more often compared to others. Not only that, but they are at higher risk of experiencing abuse from fellow peers and potentially family members. 


  1. Mental Health

LGBTQ+ kids face bullying and abuse far more often than their peers; thus, their mental health is often affected. Studies have shown that kids belonging to the LGBTQ+ community are at an increased risk of depression and anxiety. People who identify as transgender are more likely to deal with anxiety disorders. Overall, the community faces more suicidal thoughts due to the pressure and prejudice they receive from others. 


  1. Lacking Support 

Though allies have claimed themselves on the internet and to friends, that’s not all that needs to be done to help support LGBTQ+ youth. The support must go further than just claiming alliance. There is a lack of safety zones in schools and classrooms and a lack of organizations created to help with navigation through issues such as mental health and bullying LGBTQ+ children face. And there is a lack of an inclusive curriculum that shows LGBTQ+ students heroes that were like them. 


It is essential to educate yourself about these topics so that mentors and adults in kids’ lives can work to support LGBTQ+ youth. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, we are striving to help all children with the struggles they face. BBBSU offers volunteer opportunities in Utah for those looking to be a part of shaping youth’s lives. To learn more, visit for more information.