Friday, February 10, 2017 

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM in Auburn, Maine

***This training has passed***

Is your agency or school a safe and welcoming place for young people who are transgender or gender non-conforming?  Would you like to increase your understanding of the unique challenges faced by these young people – and improve your skills for supporting their healthy growth and development?

This free workshop is for you!

Transgender and gender-nonconforming youth often experience misunderstanding, discrimination and harassment in youth serving programs and schools.  Homelessness is also a critical issue as one in five transgender individuals have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.  Youth workers and educators can play a critical role in the lives of young people who may not have family support, and serve as advocates for inclusive and affirming policies in their settings.

Training objectives:  Some previous training on LGBT youth issues would be helpful but is not required.   Participants in this workshop will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Understanding gender identity and expression
  • Increasing knowledge and comfort with terminology
  • Dealing with harassment
  • Best practices, organizational policies and procedures

Please join us at this interactive workshop, sponsored by New Beginnings Prevention Program, Outright Lewiston/Auburn, and the Maine Department of Education.  Each participating agency or school will receive a packet of resource materials for building inclusive environments.

Trainers:  Jody Pierce-Glover, Prevention Educator, and Penny Sargent, Coordinator of Outright L/A.  The trainers bring decades of experience working with LGBTQ youth in community-based settings and schools.

The workshop is free of charge, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; participants will receive a confirmation with additional information when registration closes.  0.6 CEU’s are available from the University of Maine based on completion of the workshop.

Space is limited and registration will close when capacity is reached.  Please do NOT register if you cannot attend the ENTIRE day.  Thanks 

Bonus for 2017: All participants who complete this training are eligible for FREE registration at the statewide Comprehensive Sexuality Conference on April 7, 2017.