Resources for Young People and Other PTSA Members

Gender Spectrum is pleased to partner with the National PTA to provide resources for youth and parents who are interested in learning more about gender!  Adults can find more resources specifically for parents and caregivers here.

Gender norms and stereotypes limit all children and teens, no matter what their gender is, impacting how they feel about themselves, the kinds of opportunities they believe are open to them, and how they are treated by their peers. For example, did you know that girls as young as 6 start to believe that specific activities are “not for them” simply because they think they’re not as smart as boys? And bullying is strongly associated with gender stereotypes, particularly when it comes to the targeting of boys who are perceived as “too feminine.”

Understandings of gender are evolving rapidly and it can be hard to keep up. Young people are driving many of these changes. Over one-third of 13-21 year olds know someone who uses gender neutral pronouns according to a recent Pew Research Poll. Nearly 60% said that forms should include options besides “man” or “woman.”

These evolving understanding of gender affects all of us – adults and young people alike. Whether or not these topics are new to you, the resources below will help you further reflect upon the ways in which gender impacts your family, schools, and community.

Gender Spectrum Resources for Youth

Youth across the country (and throughout the world) are paving the way in how people think about gender. Still, many young people have questions and need support in navigating gender, including confronting issues that arise around gender at school. Below are some resources on gender for young people:

These are just a few of our resources for youth. You can find many more on our youth resources page and check the rest of our website to find many more resources parents and educators too!