Why We Exist
SOGI 123 helps educators make schools inclusive and safe for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI) by equipping them with tools, resources and peer-to-peer relationships to increase capacity in policies, environments and curriculum. ARC Foundation (ARC) created SOGI 123 in BC in collaboration with provincial, district and community partners.
SOGI 123 launched in Alberta in September 2017 with many tangible benefits and results. Our comprehensive evaluation includes feedback from provincial partners and educators at the beginning and the end of every year. Surveys in June 2018 clearly demonstrate that the SOGI Educator Network is of high value to educators and that there is a need for increased Alberta-specific resources and ongoing support and coaching for educators.
ARC seeks to scale the SOGI Educator Network from its founding group in Edmonton to the Calgary area, where local Calgary K-12 educators, students, and parents will help develop tools and resources to educate about SOGI topics. This community of practice will enable local educators to share best practices and support one another, while new supports and tools will allow educators to increase capacity and better understand and support LGBTQ students in local schools.
ARC Foundation prioritizes projects with an LGBTQ focus. For the past 5 years, ARC Foundation has led SOGI 123 in collaboration with various local and international LGBTQ organizations.
ARC Foundation believes change will happen if we work together, and a key element of ARC Foundation’s success and sustainability strategy has been collaboration with partners in the education system and community.