Workshops & Training

The Center for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy and Capacity Building of the Hetrick Martin Institute advocates on behalf of LGBTQ youth by influencing policy on local, national and international levels, while helping to build the capacity of decision-makers, individuals, and institutions that serve LGBTQ youth.  We are dedicated to sharing best practices for working with LGBTQ youth of color in all aspects of their life and to increase the capacity of youth-serving organizations to meet the specific needs of LGBTQ youth nationally and globally.

We invite you to join our innovative and engaging workshop series.

2016 TRAINING WORKSHOPS

 

1.     ANY WHICH WAY YOU GO: EXPLORING OUR RELATIONSHIPS TO HUMAN SEXUALITY AND GENDER IDENTITY

Would you like to better examine, distinguish, and understand a more comprehensive framework of gender and sexuality? This training is designed to support participants in gaining a basic understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of gender and sexuality.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore their values and deepen their capacity to create effective and supportive environments with LGBTQ youth to support resilience, empowerment, and self-determination. Participants will also acquire skills to enhance their intersectional, anti-oppressive analysis and implementation of their organizational practices and policies.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Examine and explore the ways gender and sexuality has shown up in their lives
  • Learn to enact three effective tools to affirm LGBTQ youth in their strengths and resilience
  • Explore a comprehensive framework of gender and sexuality through an anti-oppressive framework to enhance organizational practices and individual effectiveness

2.     CREATING SAFER AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENTS

Are you interested in learning more about ways to create spaces that promote safety and inclusion? This training will support participants in reviewing their current individual and organizational practices as well as effectively identifying how to transform their spaces into safer environments that enhance safety, inclusion, and empowerment. Participants will learn concrete tools to shift heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Identify specific ways individuals can cultivate safer, resilient spaces for LGBTQ youth within their organizations
  • Understand core aspects of heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia and strategies for resistance
  • Devise one system of accountability to implement within their organization

3.     SUSTAINING OURSELVES IN OUR WORK

Many folks have experienced burnout at work, but it is especially frustrating and polarizing for those working with people who experience trauma and are considered marginalized. Self-care is effective in helping people avoid and transform burnout. Participants will explore how to recognize some of the signs of work related fatigue and how to combat it with it with self-care and community care.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Recognize signs of workplace fatigue and prioritize self -care in their work with youth and young adults.
  • Foster practices that expedite organizational change to support self-care within work culture through a feminist, anti-oppressive, queer framework.
  • Promote relationship building with other community members and providers in an effort to better serve young people and help aid in the cumbersome work of direct service and/or organizing work.

4.     STRENGTHENING YOUTH & ADULT PARTNERSHIP 

As adults, even with the best of intentions, we can limit potential opportunities for young people to thrive in their agency, autonomy, and power. Adultism, as it’s commonly referred, privileges age as power and illuminates in all facets of programmatic efforts. Inside of our training, we will offer guidance to support transforming instances where adult power and privilege create harm for youth and young adults into opportunities for growth and expansion.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to combat adultism within your personal practices as well as in your workplace
  • Explore our own values and beliefs about adulthood, adolescence, and power
  • Learn how to be adult allies that can co-create positive, resilient and supportive partnerships with youth.