Know Your Rights!

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The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance has launched a five-part English-Spanish bilingual Know Your Rights project dedicated to teaching young people their rights in school. The project educates all students on their rights in specific subject areas, with a focus on LGBTQ+ students' rights.

Organizations, groups, and schools can request a workshop facilitated by an Illinois Safe Schools Alliance staff person or request to have materials shipped to them. Each workshop has a comic that explains students' rights to them, along with a curriculum that helps them facilitate workshops on the topic, step-by-step.

More information on each workshop topic can be found below.
Click here to request Know Your Rights! workshops, comics, and curricula.

The materials are intended for 6-12 graders attending any sort of school in Illinois. All materials and workshops are available in English and Spanish, along with a staff person who can facilitate the workshop in English and Spanish.


Workshop Offerings

Law and Policy

This workshop helps participants understand the different levels and branches of government, the differences between law and policy, and how it all impacts students’ lives in school. The materials and workshop show law and policy in action by focusing on trans students who have used different statutes to defend their rights in courts.

  • Workshop Length: 30-65 minutes

  • Facilitators Needed: 1-3 people

  • Participants needed: 5-35 people


LGBTQ+ Rights in School

This workshop answers common questions LGBTQ+ students have about their rights as an LGBTQ+ student in school. Participants will learn about rights LGBTQ+ students have in relation to school clubs bullying, names & pronouns, privacy, athletics, restroom usage, and locker room usage.

  • Workshop Length: 25-70 minutes

  • Facilitators Needed: 1-3 people

  • Participants needed: 5-40 people


Organizing & Advocacy

This workshop teaches basic concepts of community organizing. Participants will learn how to identify decision makers in a process and how to bring community input to those decision makers in private and public meetings.

  • Workshop Length: 30-90 minutes
  • Facilitators Needed: 1-3 people
  •  Participants Needed: 6-45 people

School Discipline

This workshop helps participants understand their rights when they are being disciplined in school and when they have already been disciplined in school. Participants will also learn their rights around special education plans and statutes that help them from being disciplined.

  • Workshop Length: 30-80 minutes
  • Needed: 1-3 people
  • Needed: 5-35  people

Sexual Health & Wellness

This workshop will explain which sexual health services and supplies minors can access with and without parental notification or parental consent. Participants will also analyze sexual education policies.

  • Length: 30-80 minutes
  • Needed: 1-3 people
  • Needed: 5-40 people