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Students and Teachers Warn That Schools’ Use of Monitoring Software Is Harming Students

New research findings have education and privacy advocates calling for urgent action to ensure technology doesn’t infringe on students’ civil rights

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) released new research detailing the concerning impact of software that tracks students’ online activity on devices like laptops or tablets. With 89% of teachers reporting the use of such software in their schools (up five percentage points since last year), the report cites students being targeted for disciplinary actions, law enforcement contact, and being outed without their consent.

“We’ve found that nearly every school in the country is giving devices to students – and monitoring is hurting them,” says CDT President and CEO Alexandra Reeve Givens. “Our data shows that nearly half of teachers say they know of at least one student who has been contacted by law enforcement as a result of student activity monitoring. When you combine the resurgence of violence in schools with the mental health crisis among kids, schools are surveilling students’ activities more than ever. But these efforts to make students safer more often result in disciplining students instead.”

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The new research shows that 78 percent of teachers whose school uses monitoring software say that students have been flagged for disciplinary action, and 59 percent were actually disciplined as a result. Additionally, 44 percent of these teachers report students have been contacted by law enforcement due to an alert generated by this technology.

“Certain groups of students, like those with disabilities, Black and Hispanic students, and  LGBTQ+ youth, bear the brunt of the unintended consequences of student activity monitoring.” says Elizabeth Laird, Director of the Equity in Civic Technology Project at CDT. “Fortunately, federal laws already exist to protect these students, but they must be enforced–which is why CDT is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to protect students’ civil rights online in the same way they do in the classroom.”

Disciplinary actions that resulted from student activity monitoring fell disproportionately along racial lines, with 48 percent of Black students and 55 percent of Hispanic students reporting that they or someone they know got into trouble, compared to 41 percent of white students. 29 percent of LGBTQ+ students report that they or another student they know has had their sexual orientation or gender identity disclosed without their consent. Finally, students with a learning difference or physical disability were more likely than their peers to suppress their true thoughts online because they know they are being monitored.

Givens noted that student monitoring is also a concern after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, since students seeking to access reproductive health websites or message friends about abortion options must now anticipate the risk of being monitored or potentially flagged for law enforcement in states where abortion is illegal.

In response to the new research, multiple influential civil society groups have signed a letter calling for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to issue a policy statement that clarifies the ways that student monitoring technology violates civil rights laws, condemns surveillance practices that run afoul of these laws, and states its intent to take enforcement action against violations that result in discrimination.

The letter has so far been signed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Library Association, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Civil Rights Corps, Common Sense Media, the Data Quality Campaign, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Freedom to Read Foundation, InnovateEDU, LGBT Tech, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Next Century Cities, the People’s Economic & Environmental Resiliency Group, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

The research was compiled based on surveys of parents, teachers, and students. You can find the full text of the research report and corresponding summary report here.

For more information about the report or to be connected to a spokesperson from CDT, please email or call (202) 407-8811.

CDT is a 27-year-old 501(c)3 nonpartisan nonprofit organization that fights to put democracy and human rights at the center of the digital revolution. It works to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on equity and justice. The Equity in Civic Technology Project works to advance responsible civic technology use and strong privacy practices that protect the rights of individuals and families.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Seeger, Center for Democracy & Technology | (202) 407-8811

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Mission-Driven Wellness Company, Natreve, Announces Partnership with The Trevor Project on World Mental Health Day

VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Natreve, the mission-driven and ocean-forward premium wellness company dedicated to providing the most innovative, highest quality products, announced today its partnership with The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The brand will become an official corporate partner of the renowned organization on World Mental Health Day (October 10).

“Support from brands like Natreve is so essential to our life-saving work,” said Sofi Goode, Corporate Development Manager at The Trevor Project. “We’re so thankful for not only their generous donation – which will allow us to keep operating and scaling our free, 24/7 crisis services, but for the message of love and acceptance that they’re sending to LGBTQ young people everywhere by backing our organization.”

“At Natreve we’re just as focused on creating premium wellness products as we are on cultivating a community that believes in diversity, equality, and acceptance,” said Roland Radu, Founder of Natreve. “We are honored to team up with The Trevor Project to support LGBTQ young people. While our partnership officially kicks off on this important day, World Mental Health Day, we look forward to continuing our support throughout 2021 and 2022.”

While this year has been difficult for everyone, it has been especially challenging for  LGBTQ youth, who often face more rejection, bullying  and discrimination than their straight or cisgender peers. As a corporate partner, Natreve will work with The Trevor Project to help end suicide among LGBTQ young people through a donation of $25,000.

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About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat, or by texting START to 678-678.

About Natreve
Launched in 2019, Natreve is a mission-driven and ocean-forward premium wellness company dedicated to providing the most innovative, highest quality products, to help you Eat Right and Do Good. Natreve is proud to be the world’s first plastic and carbon-neutral wellness company, with a vision to become the world’s most sustainable wellness brand. Protein powders include WheyVegan, and Keto options available in unique and decadent flavors such as French Vanilla Wafer Sundae, Fudge Brownie, and more. The Wellness Series offers science-backed drink mixes including Stress LessImmune Strength, and Sleep Peaceful. Natreve products are Non-GMO Project verified, Informed Sport certified, and free from gluten, hormones, artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors. For more information visit

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Creating Services for LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth in South Dakota

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Joseph Barb founder of the LGBTQ+ Family Connections Center located in South Dakota that supports LGBTQ+ homeless youth.. Be sure to watch or listen to this full episode.

Joe has a career background in corporate human resources and had a moment of realization that turned his life to focus on the underserved LGBTQ+ community in South Dakota. Growing up in Connecticut where he had 3 LGBTQ+ community centers all nearby. However, where he, his husband and their son (pictured with him in the thumbnail/feature image) now live in South Dakota and throughout the Mid-West has very few if any community resources. This became blatantly apparent when one day he was at his barber. His barber shared that his transgender son was kicked out of his biological father’s home with just a trash bag of clothes and dropped on the doorstep of his barber and his wife, the son’s mother. Joe learned that the barber was having a difficult time finding supporting counseling for his family. From that, the non-profit was born. As of mid-2021, there are 1,764,000 homeless youth ages 13-24 in the United States.

The housing and economic insecurity is so great within our community (supported by studies), especially for youth. Youth today are more comfortable with who they are at much earlier ages than past generations. If they come out or show signs of being LGBTQ+ they still face rejection by family and can face getting kicked out of their family homes. They often are unprepared to live life on their own lacking basic life skills, work skills, and support resources. Sometimes their families make it even harder by not providing documentation such as their birth certificate or social security card leaving them unable to obtain driver’s license or state-issued ID cards. Some parents who reject their child have to be taken to court to be forced to provide the basic document. Without the basic documentation, they cannot get a job or if they can afford it, cannot rent a place to live.

Some find temporary shelter surfing couches. This, however, is not home security and luckily the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now recognize this.

Joe though the LGBTQ+ Family Connections Center non-profit has started providing virtual counseling with a growing team of volunteer social workers, referral to LGBTQ+ supportive counselors, and other services. He wants to provide stability and towards doing so, he has identified a property that has fully equipped private cabins with living space, a small kitchen, and a bedroom. The center also has buildings for a community center and counseling center.

The LGBTQ+ Family Connections Center will be doing more than providing a roof over the rejected LGBTQ+ youth’s heads. They will be providing counseling, job skill training to set them off on a career – not just a fast-food restaurant job, casual and work clothing, internship opportunities, and job search guidance. Remember, Joe is a past corporate HR professional.

Joe has established a strong working relationship with HUD and completed the first HUD grant application. All grants however can take 18-months to several years to be awarded. Joe is seeking business/corporate sponsorships as well. Not only will they accept personal clothing donations, but he hopes to gain corporate sponsors for technology, food, clothing, shoes, and all other basics the non-profit and these young people will need to exist, grow, and thrive into healthy, active, and successful people. If you happen to have a contact within a business/corporation that you feel might be open to helping, he’d love to chat with you.

There are LGBTQ+ youth who need help right now. Joe and his husband have been supporting this financially and Joe working on average 70 hours a week.

As mentioned, grants and corporate support take quite a bit of time to acquire. Therefore, Joe and the LGBTQ+ Family Connections Center are seeking to raise funds to purchase this beautiful property and are calling on the LGBTQ+ community everywhere to please donate. You may live in a city now, but like many, you may have migrated away from your hometown to a larger community. Not all LGBTQ+ choose to or have the financial ability to do the same. This may not be where you grew up, but can you identify with it? Can you empathize with these youth who need your help? The link to the fundraiser is:

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GT’s Living Foods Founder Announces New ‘Synergy Scholarship’ A $250,000 Commitment To Empower LGBTQ+ Youth

Kombucha King GT Dave Honors Pride Month with Funding for Future LGBTQ+ Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

World’s Leading Kombucha Brand Launches New Summer Initiative ‘CommUNITY’

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Founder & CEO of GT’s Living Foods, GT Dave, announced today the Synergy Scholarship on behalf of new, non-profit entity, the GT Dave Foundation. The Synergy Scholarship fund is a $250,000 commitment awarded to LGBTQ+ youth pursuing entrepreneurial careers. The announcement of the Synergy Scholarship comes as part of a larger summer 2021 initiative, CommUNITY, celebrating three key pillars: uplifting diverse peoples, preservation of the planet, and accessibility to nutritious foods.

As a pioneer in the health and wellness movement and the creator of an iconic brand that has earned him the moniker “Kombucha King,” GT began his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 15 years old. Struggling with the woes of starting a business, GT was also growing up as a gay man and exploring his identity. Through strength and perseverance, he channeled his creativity and unique point of view into the company that today holds leading rank as the #1 kombucha brand in the world.

“For many LGBTQ+ youth, there’s a quiet, internal battle that happens; a voice from within that can at times carry guilt and shame… I say not anymore. I want to be the megaphone that drowns out that voice and affirms that you are loved, you are special, and your ideas matter,'” says GT. “I believe young people are the driving force of change, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. As a gay entrepreneur who is still learning and growing in the business world, I can confidently say there’s no set path to follow, so pave your own. With the Synergy Scholarship, I am dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ youth and helping to mobilize their entrepreneurial dreams.”

The Synergy Scholarship will be open to high school seniors who will graduate during the 2021-2022 academic year and who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The scholarship will be awarded each year for five years, divided into differing amounts to deserving young people, totaling $250,000 by 2027. These individuals will have a passion and desire to improve their communities and the world through business and entrepreneurialism. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue a degree at an accredited US post-secondary institution. In addition to the monetary contribution, GT will mentor the winners offering business guidance and advice during their awarded year.

In honor of Pride and the diversity pillar of the CommUNITY initiative, the Synergy Scholarship will help create new opportunities for LGBTQ+ youth. The remainder of CommUNITY’s key tenets – planet preservation and food accessibility – will come to life in partnership with LA-based TreePeople, who since 1973 has grown to become Southern California’s largest environmental movement with a mission to inspire, engage, and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, and the Farmers Market Coalitionthe only national non-profit dedicated to supporting farmers markets, in July and August, respectively.

The Synergy Scholarship will begin accepting applications in October 2021.

Stay up to date and get the latest information on applying for the Synergy Scholarship by visiting and signing up for the newsletter. To learn more about the summer CommUNITY program, go to

About GT’s Living Foods:
We believe that Mother Nature is the World’s greatest healer. 
Since 1995, GT’s Living Foods has revolutionized how people think and feel about Kombucha and fermented foods in the Western World. From the womb, founder GT Dave was raised vegetarian and taught that food can be medicine. He continues to uphold that philosophy with always pure, potent, and plant-derived fermented offerings produced in their most authentic form, never compromised. The fiercely independent, family-owned, and operated company is available in over 55,000 retailers across North America and Europe. Today and beyond, GT’s Living Foods’ driving purpose is to spread a global message that food can be medicine and through proper nutrition one can heal thyself. For more information, please visit  

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About TreePeople:
TreePeople’s mission is to inspire, engage, and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment. Since 1973, TreePeople’s mission has driven them towards creating a climate resilient region by empowering and supporting residents to build neighborhoods that are connected, adaptive and thus more resilient to climate change. With several thousand active volunteers, TreePeople endeavors to engage and educate the people throughout the region through their award-winning evidence-based programs. To learn more, go to:

About Famers Market Coalition:
The Farmers Market Coalition is a membership-based nonprofit with the mission to strengthen farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities. Since 2006, FMC has been serving as the only national organization dedicated to supporting farmers market operators and has provided important resources, technical assistance, and advocacy to cultivate the growing farmers market field across the US. Farmers markets are essential. Learn more at

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