Promoting Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ+ Youth
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
11:00AM - 3:00PM
$65 per person - includes lunch and all materials
We have seen tremendous strides toward LGBTQ equality and yet current data reveal serious challenges faced by LGBTQ youth, including rejection, bullying and a lack of support from educators. According to a recent national survey, only 5% of LGBTQ students say all of their teachers are supportive of LGBTQ people, and only 5% always feel safe in their classrooms. For LGBTQ youth of color, these challenges are compounded by racism, race-related stressors. Unfortunately, K-12 educators and other youth-serving professionals are provided with little to no pre-service training or professional development on sexual orientation and gender identity leaving many with biased and stigmatized understandings of what it means to be LGBTQ. When educators lack cultural competency, awareness of best practices and access to appropriate resources, school safety, and connectedness are negatively impacted, and LGBTQ students are unable to reach their full potential.
This pre-conference will cover the current state of LGBTQ youth, build cultural competency and review best-practices and resources that make a positive difference. Participants will hear directly from a national expert on school safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, a parent of a transgender child and a few LGBTQ students. Interactive activities, opportunities to practices new skills and time for small group discussion will be provided. If you desire to become an emerging expert and become a stronger advocate for change, this pre-conference is for you.
All participants will receive a copy of a new resource produced by BOOST and the Human Rights Campaign on creating LGBTQ-inclusive after-school programs.
Dr. Vincent Pompei
Dr. Vincent Pompei is the Director of the Youth Well-Being Project at the Human Rights Campaign. One of his primary roles at HRC is to direct Time to THRIVE, an annual national conference for educators to promote safety, inclusion, and well-being for LGBTQ youth. Previously, Pompei served as President for the California Association of School Counselors and spent over ten years as a teacher and school counselor. He was also an LGBTQ cadre trainer for the National Education Association and authored the LGBTQ section of the American School Counselor Association’s National Model.
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