Safe Spaces, Safe Places: Creating Welcoming Areas for LGBTQ+ Youth (2 Day Virtual Training)

Date(s) - 03/21/2023 - 03/22/2023
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM



Training Details

Join Us Virtually for Safe Spaces, Safe Places: Creating Welcoming Areas for LGBTQ+ Youth

March 21st & 22nd from 1:00PM to 4:30PM

Applications Open from February 23rd to March 17th

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer-identified (LGBTQ+) young people make up a significant and disproportionately high percentage of the runaway and homeless youth population and often can face additional challenges in accessing services. LGBTQ+ youth and young adults report high rates of bullying, including verbal harassment and physical assault due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Youth Workers are in an excellent position to become safe, supportive resources for these young people! Schools and youth-serving agencies that are welcoming, supportive, and safe can play a unique role in the lives of these young people, and in turn help to better support LGBTQ+ youth in their overall mental health, as well as their emotional and physical well-being, including reducing their risk for new HIV/STI infections, interpersonal violence, and other health disparities.

This training opportunity is sponsored by New Beginnings, Inc., with support from the Maine Department of Education. Staff of youth-serving agencies and alternative schools are welcome to apply!

Training objectives include, but are not limited to:

  1. Understand new and changing terminology.
  2. Increase knowledge of local and national Q+ resources.
  3. Gain empathy for Queer and Trans experiences.
  4. Increase understanding of the relationship & difference between orientation, identity, & behavior.
  5. Learn about population-specific health disparities (including risk for HIV infection and interpersonal violence) and community resilience.
  6. Create a safer and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ young people.

Do you work with or otherwise mentor a young person who may be interested in learning the skills associated with participating in this training alongside you? Email for more info!

This training series is virtual; participation requires access to a device compatible with Zoom software, a stable internet connection, and working speakers, webcam, and microphone. Participants should also be able to successfully navigate the “chat” feature (i.e. working mouse and keyboard).

Certificates of Attendance will be provided and CEU’s will be available for purchase.

***Please do not apply unless you can attend the entirety of this training without contacting first.***

Training Application

Applications are closed for this event.

For more information contact:
Kelly Colbath

Kelly Colbath

Prevention & Training Coordinator

PLEASE NOTE: Application priority will be given to youth workers and staff from youth/social service agencies, residential programs, and alternative schools who work with teens and young adults at high risk for negative health outcomes or homelessness/out of home placements. Adults/educators who do not currently work directly with these youth (e.g. primarily work with younger adolescents, children, lower-risk populations, or in program administration) may submit an application request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the application deadline, and contacted as space allows.