The Make It Safe Project donates books about sexual orientation and gender identity to schools and youth homeless shelters. Since starting in 2011, we have given more than 120,000 teens access to books in 23 states and abroad. Each donation contains fiction and nonfiction books that deal with topics from coming out to dealing with bullying.

Get involved!
To help donate books, please use the Donate button on the right side of this page or e-mail with any questions. You can also follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages.

Need books?
Contact us! You can be a student, teacher, parent, or administrator at any school or connected to a homeless shelter that serves people under the age of 18. (If your school does not have a Gay-Straight Alliance, you can still recieve a box of books. We also recommend visiting GLSEN and checking out their incredible resources for starting Gay-Straight Alliances.)

Youth Homeless Shelter Program

An estimated 40% of homeless teens in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, etc.. The Make It Safe Project hopes to give them access to resources they need by sending books to shelters that serve people under the age of 18. When you donate to The Make It Safe Project, your donation will either go to books for a school or books for a youth homeless shelter. We prioritize who receives books based on need, not location.

Where do we send books?

Anywhere! Check out the map below to see where we have already donated books. Although most of our donation requests come from the United States, we love working with schools and shelters outside the United States as well.

Book Donations