HOTLINES & RESOURCES: Don't wait to ask for help!
The Bully Project
It’s easy to feel powerless or alone when faced with bullying. You can find there a lot of great tools and advice and help http://www.thebullyproject.com/tools_students
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Helps those impacted by child abuse by providing 24/7 confidential crisis counselor support in over 170 languages
Crisis intervention, information and referrals to thousands of support services
Call:1-800-422-4453 or https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/
College Guides for LGBTQ Students
Crisis Text Line
Offers free, 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis
Text SUPPORT to 741-741 or http://www.crisistextline.org/
Disaster Distress Helpline
A national hotline with trained crisis counselors who provide year-round immediate counseling for those experiencing emotional
distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster (fire, earthquake, tornado, etc.)
1-800-985-5990 - Text TalkWithUs to 66746 or http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24/7 free, confidential support from highly trained experienced advocates offering support, crisis intervention information,
and referral services
Call 1-800-799-7233 or http://www.thehotline.org/help/
National Eating Disorders Association
Support for individuals and families affected by eating disorders
Call 1-800-931-2237 or http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-help-support
National Runaway Safeline
24-hour support for teens thinking of running away from home, for those who have runaway or for friends of someone who has runaway and is looking for help
Call 1-800-RUNAWAY or http://www.1800runaway.org/
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Trained professionals helping those impacted by sexual violence nationwide
Call: 1-800-656-HOPE or https://www.rainn.org/get-help/national-sexual-assault-hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline for anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
Call: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or
Runs over 700 health centers and provides info on health, sex, and family planning
Answers to teens' sexual health questions: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/teens
Chat online with a health educator: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/all-access/chat
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides help for those facing prescription drug misuse and abuse with intervention, prevention, treatment, and recovery support services
Call: (800) 662-HELP or (800) 662-4357 for info on prevention and treatment referrals
Trevor Support Center
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ and questioning youth
Call: 1-866-488-7386 or Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 or
Favorite free creative tools from our teen team
Adobe Photoshop Express
Android + browser
- Photoshop lite
- A lot of range for creating high-quality images -
- You can create almost anything from a single photo -
- Easy to overlay images
- May not be so easy to someone starting out, but could be a valuable tool to utilize and learn
IOS + browser
- Graphics creation
- Videos editing
- Web pages
- Very simple and easy to use
- Produces high-quality graphics
- Will make it easier to catch people's eye/ attention
- Has a wide variety of useful tools and images to create cool posts and animations
Android + IOS
- Graphics creation
- Similar to Adobe spark but a bit more complex and complicated
- Has more templates to create cover images, blog post thumbnails, and other things that you may need a picture for
- Add more stylistic text/images and more customizable
- Can get more complicated than Adobe Spark but is also more complex
Android + IOS + Browser
- Memo cards
- Easy way to create your own flashcards to study for upcoming exams
Android + IOS + Browser
- Fun / Learn to code
- Great intro into coding!
- Blog title generator
- Easy way to create appealing titles for blog posts
Android + IOS
- Note taking
- Great tool for note taking!
- Great for remembering things
Android + IOS
- Alternative to Photoshop
- Easy to use
Android + IOS
- Video Editing
- Easy to make fun videos
My Homework Planner
Android + IOS
- School organizer
- Can be used on phones and laptops. Is a great tool to organize a busy schedule (Can help you become more organized for school, college).
Android + IOS + browser
- Images Editing
- Easy to make quick changes and edits to photos
Android + IOS
- A cool app that allows you to see constellations as you move your phone around - A truly cool and mesmerizing app - Almost like Pokemon Go but for the stars!
What does Give Us The Floor do?
Give Us The Floor provides a safe space for teens to speak out about their struggles along with accomplishments they’re proud of. Youth take the floor to discuss their hardships and experiences, which in turn creates meaningful connections that last a lifetime. They give tips to their peers through Supportive Group Chat and creative projects that are published online and promoted on Social Media to raise awareness Check our YouTube channel and our Instagram profile.
You can choose the form of expression that is the best for you: video, graphics, photos, comics, animation or help put events together to raise awareness and make peers understand they’re not alone.
You can also just hang out without doing anything above 🙂
"It’s all controlled by us, all by the teenagers, all by the youth. And the adults are there, there are adults, but they are just over watching us; but we are the ones that actually control what we want to be done" ~ Paul
How do I earn Community Service hours?
- When you create pieces where you share some of the difficulties you faced or are facing. Check our YouTube channel and our Instagram profile
- The time you spend as a teen team member, whether you’ve been assigned to create a video, a blog, a flyer, to run a booth, to spread awareness about Give Us The Floor and the difficulties that teens face etc.
- The time you spend as a text message discussion facilitator
- The time you spend running your own local Give Us The Floor community
What kind of youth struggles does the community address?
- Academic Pressure
- Anxiety About the Future
- Body Image
- Death / Anxiety about death
- Eating Disorders
- Invasion of privacy by family members or other adults
- Issues with Family
- Life adversity
- Loneliness / Isolation
- Pressure (family, peers, society)
- Relationships (Love, friends, family)
- Self-Love / Self-Esteem
- Abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, emotional)
- Substance Abuse
- Others (it’s a “By Teen - For Teen” community and we are open to any topic you would like to address)
What kind of content/creative pieces can I upload to the site in order to have them published and/or enter giveaways?
- Your piece(s) must meet the following criteria: one or several teens are expressing themselves about your/their struggles, experiences, concerns and/achievements so other teens can learn from them and understand they're not alone. Check our YouTube channel and our Instagram profile to see some examples
- Your piece(s) MUST be your own original creation(s); do not infringe on any other person’s or entity’s rights, that every person represented have given the contestant the approval to participate in the piece have agreed to Give Us The Floor terms of services and contest rules.
- The videos must not be longer than 5 minutes and preferably between 2 and 3 minutes. The resolution must be minimum 960x540. We accept mov and mp4 files
- Your photo/graphics/comics can be accompanied by text or by a blog - the sizes of the files must be minimum 500KB, and must be jpeg, tiff, png, psd, pdf files
- The files for music must be mp3,m4a,aac,
- Blog files can be any type of text files. An image must ALWAYS accompany your blog and must be jpeg, tiff, png, psd, pdf files
Do you need inspiration? Look at what others have done http://giveusthefloor.org/blog/ or read our FAQ page to learn more about the kind of pieces you can upload.
- Be true to yourself. Whether you're creating a video, a photo, a blog, a poem: share what's true to you
- The fastest ways to create great videos that will impact our community:
- Vlogs: express yourself about a struggle or an achievement related to Back To School in front of a camera
- Testimonials: interview friends about their struggles or achievements related to Back To School (Make sure they agree to publish the video)
- We advise you to create a video no longer than 3 or 4 minutes and to edit it to keep the most interesting parts
- If you use a music, you must credit it at the end of the video and send us a version of the video without the music as well.
- Graphics/Photos: Add some text to make your peers understand better your feelings
- Blogs: the good length is between 500 and 600 words
In every case, Make sure you don't infringe any copyrights. It would disqualify you.
If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we'll answer as fast as we can!
BEING A COMMUNITY MEMBER
How will I benefit by belonging to the Give Us The Floor community?
5 Reasons to Get Involved
- Belong to a community of like-minded peers
- Express yourself freely (We'll help you build skills if you wish)
- Make a difference for other teens
- Create cool projects - check our We Have The Floor page
- Earn community service hours while having fun. Learn how here
How do the community members participate and bring insight?
You have a lot of possibilities!
What you decide to do and the time you want to commit to get involved is entirely up to you!
- You can create videos, graphics, photos, comics, songs, blog posts etc where you share the difficulties you went through that are published online by Give Us The Floor and promoted on Social Media - Check our YouTube channel and our Instagram profile
- You can be a part of the Social Media Team. Check our Instagram profile and Snapchat profile
- You can be a part of the Creative Team (producing videos, photos etc that GUTF asks for)
- You can participate in Supportive Group Chat(s) Learn more here
- You can be trained and facilitate Supportive Group Chat(s) Learn how here
- You can interview Celebrities and Influencers who share their own challenges they faced when they were teens. Check our YouTube channel - interviews playlist
- You can organize fun events to spread awareness about teens’ struggles and make peers understand they’re not alone. Here’s an example
- You can spread the word in your school by talking to teachers about the importance of our mission and ask them to give GUTF flyers to their students, or in extra-scholar organizations
- You can run private online or in-person workshops
- You can be trained and do talks in high schools
- You can be on the teen advisory board and contribute to the development strategy of GUTF (To be eligible, you must have shown a steady and high commitment as a community member for at least 6 months)
All these options will allow you to earn Community Service Hours except #4
Do I have to do all of the above if I decide to become a member?
Not at all! How you want to get involved and how much time you spend on it is totally up to you! When you sign up, you will be asked what you’d like to be involved in.
And, no pressure! You can change your mind whenever you feel like, switch to other types of involvement, reduce your involvement or increase it!
What is the level of time commitment as a community member?
You decide how much time you want to put in!
Can anyone join the community?
Yes! But you must be between the ages of 13-22 and agree with the community rules
Do I need to be able to meet in-person to be a teen team member?
No, almost all the meetings are online meetings - All online meet-ups are listed on our private community page - you need to register to attend one. Once you’ve registered, the link of the meeting will be sent to you.
No problem if you can’t make it! Just please be polite and let us know before the meeting starts 😉
Are there deadlines for projects?
- Not for your personal projects, though, if it is related to a calendar event, if the date is missed, it can’t be published.
- If you’re a part of the teen team and you’ve been assigned a specific job, then it’s likely that there is a deadline. In this case, it is important that you respect them as the rest of the team and the whole organization is relying on you!
Do I have to live in a specific geographical area to join?
No! We are a national and international community. The only restriction is that you can’t participate in our contests and sweepstakes if you’re not a resident of the USA. We didn’t decide this. This is the law.
I want to join, but I feel nervous about joining a community with no one I know?
No worries! It’s totally normal to feel that way! Most of the people you will meet in-person or online were nervous too on their first day! check testimonials
A few ways to ease this anxiety:
- Ask a friend to join you for this first experience
- Text message our teen interns at [add phone #] or email them at interns@giveusthefloor/org with any concerns or questions you may have and they will get back to you very quickly.
And remember, GUTF is a very supportive community of teens who all respect our community rules. Please check them if you don’t know them! We kick people out who are not aligned with our philosophy!
What will I experience the first time I come to a meet-up online or in-person as a teen team member?
Whether you decide to join us online or in person, we want to make sure you feel 100% welcome in our community. Therefore, you will first receive a welcome message by a teen intern prior to your first meet-up; so that you can ask them any questions you may have!
We always start meet-ups by taking the time to welcome new members and introduce every teen.
We will then begin whatever activity is planned that day: you are welcome to participate, or just listen as one of our golden rules is to not force anyone to speak if they do not wish to do so.
Testimonials of what it feels like first time you participate to an online or in-person meet-up
“I remember walking into a GUTF meeting pretty nervous because I did not know what to expect. I was immediately welcomed and included in a conversation with other teens. I also met someone that I knew from my high school! It was nice to get to know her since we never really talked at school. I remember after the first meeting, I was excited to go back and meet more new teens. After bonding on several projects with the teens, we built a special community that we wouldn't have outside of GUTF.” - Shayna
“My first experience at Give Us The Floor was coming to an in-person meeting in San Francisco. I live in American Canyon, so I felt like heading to the city with a bunch of peers would be a new and exciting experience. Without any adults, I went with 2 other upperclassmen to the Sunset district. On the way, we talked and learned about each other, and I also found out a lot about what high school life would be like. I remember going to the meeting not knowing what to expect; not knowing anyone! I nonetheless was drawn to the idea that there were others there like me desperate to learn more about the life of being a teenager and what it means to be of youth. This meeting was a workshop about leadership and how it can be applied to our lives now, as well as in the future. This speech was very inspiring, as I had never really noticed how essential leadership is to our lives. When the workshop was over, I had wondered about the possibilities and the opportunities Give Us The Floor could give me. Not only would it help me as an individual, but it would also allow me to reach out to others in the organization in order to gain perspective on the lives of teens like me. This first real encounter had me coming back for more, and I am still very appreciative for what Give Us The Floor has done for me, and I hope that it will continue to grow as we touch the lives of youth all over the world.” - Nate
“My first experience with GUTF was great, I immediately felt welcomed by the adult staff and was able to talk to other teens about issues that we faced. I was excited to come back since I left with a task (to work on some social media aspects of GUTF) which made me feel like I was useful/needed.” -Vanessa
“I actually remember my first experience with GUTF pretty well. The meeting was in the Mission district. I was also late to the meeting due to me getting lost in my own city. I was nervous because I didn't know anyone. I came because I was interested in writing blogs and meeting new people. I was wearing a domo shirt. The people there was friendly. Give Us The Floor gave me something to do in the summer. I'm glad that I've Joined.” - Jenny
SUPPORTIVE GROUP CHATS
What is a Supportive Group Chat like?
They are groups of teens that share their day to day difficulties, insight, shame and pride. It is a supportive group of youth where you can be helped one day, and help another the same day or another day. Teens in these groups have a strong sense of not feeling alone. It’s a trusted place to vent and ask for advice.
Our Community Rules are strictly enforced by the facilitator(s)
The Supportive Group Chats are either on iMessage or on Snapchat.
How are Supportive Group Chat created?
1 to 2 teens need to volunteer to create and facilitate a group. In order to do so, they will receive a Give Us The Floor training
How do I Join a Supportive Group Chat?
2 ways to participate:
- By being invited by the facilitator(s)
- By asking to join one HERE
Requirements to join a Supportive Group Chat
Being between 13 and 22, that’s it!
What is the commitment when joining a Supportive Group Chat?
There is no commitment in joining one. You participate whenever you want and you can quit whenever you want, just ask facilitator to be removed. Nobody will resent you for leaving!
If you’re shown as inactive for more than 2 months, you’ll be automatically removed to make space for others 😉
How do I apply to be a Supportive Group Chat facilitator?
Please fill the form HERE
What does the training look like to become a Supportive Group Chat facilitator?
The training is made by adults via an online video meeting such as Google Meet. It is a 2 x 1 hrs meeting + an online test. Don’t be stressed or afraid, you can take the test as many times as you want!
How can I start a Give Us The Floor club in my area?
If you’re a leader and would love to help your peers by opening a local Give Us The Floor community, it’s very easy! The team will give you all the support and materials you need. Please reach out to us at info@giveusthefloor explaining your motivations and we’ll get back to you very quickly!
How do we ensure that Give Us The Floor remains a safe place?
- Community rules and very strict on respect and behavior. Check them
- For any in-person or video chat teen-only meetings/workshops, we don’t allow any new teen to join without a member of the adult team having had a video call with them unless the new member is invited by a teen member who knows them personally. There is always a minimum of one trained teen who knows how to act if a member becomes inappropriate.
- Supportive group chats are facilitated by 1 or 2 trained teenagers Learn more
- We curate all the content that is submitted by the members before publishing it.
Why is Give Us The Floor mission critical?
Can adults, counselors or teachers get involved?
Yes! We’re always happy to have help from adults who are supportive of teens and believe in giving teens the floor to express themselves. Please email us at email@example.com and we’ll get back to you very quickly!
How to contact the team?
If you’d like to contact a teen intern: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the contact page
If you’d like to contact an adult team member: email@example.com or go to the contact page
What are GUTF Community rules?
What are GUTF Term of Services?
What are GUTF Contest rules?