"Valuing diversity and excellence," begins San Juan Unified's mission statement. As one example of how those values ring true in the District, we are launching an "It Gets Better" video in support of all students- but especially those lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth who may be the victims of bullying, harassment, intimidation or fear. No student deserves to be bullied or harassed. Whether it's at school, at home, or in the greater community, it is not ok. That includes LGBT youth who are often the victims of these behaviors, which can lead to a higher rate of depression, self-harm and suicide. Nine students and staff from throughout the District have stepped forward to share their stories of growing up and finding their place in a world that supports and accepts them for who they are. These individuals hope that by sharing their stories, current students and youth in our community who identify themselves as LGBT might find hope and courage to seek help if they need it. Please visit, www.sanjuan.edu/itgetsbetter for more information.