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 of color 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:

  • Learn to enact three effective tools to affirm LGBTQI youth in their strengths and resilience.
  • Utilize practical tools to integrate a Positive Youth Development framework
  • 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

Do you throw the word “safe space” around but don’t know what it actually means, particularly for LGBTQI youth of color? This training will support participants in interrogating their current individual and organizational practices and effectively identify 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 LGBTQI youth of color 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.