PAPA Participates in NIH Study

PAPA has been selected to participate in The National Institute of Health’s study to reduce LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Plus) adolescent suicide.

You may not know that suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 12-18 in the U.S. A key preventable suicide risk factor is not feeling safe at school. LGBTQ+ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers. When we make schools safer for LGBTQ+ youth, we make schools safe for all students. 

This is a 5 year study funded by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. PAPA has organized a team of teachers and an administrator to implement strategies that have been identified as evidence-based to make schools safer for students. You can look forward to training, events and outreach to support our students!

Questions? Please contact Juliette Beck, teacher at PAPA at

Juliette A. Beck, M.A., Level III
Head of Theatre/Thespian Troupe Director
Public Academy for Performing Arts