A Place For Everyone

Welcoming Gender Diverse Youth


Is your agency or school a safe and welcoming place for young people who are transgender or gender non-conforming? Do you work with at-risk high school aged youth? 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 non-conforming youth have often experienced 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 vital 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 LGBTQ+ youth issues would be helpful but it 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.

“A Place For Everyone” is sponsored by New Beginnings HIV Prevention Program, Outright Lewiston-Auburn, and the Maine Department of Education. Participating agencies and schools will receive a packet of resource materials for building inclusive environments. CEUs will be available after completion.

This workshop is free. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Space is very limited; please do not register if you cannot attend the entire day of training from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Registration deadline is Friday, May 11th 2018.



If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this training, feel fill in the form below.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration 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 work with younger adolescents, children, or lower-risk populations may submit a registration request but will be placed on the waiting list until after the registration deadline, and contacted as space allows.