Upcoming training and learning opportunities


Workshop: LGBTQ Adolescent Youth Development

Thursday, November 1 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Social workers, teachers and other youth development workers know that LGBTQ youth need support, but what are the best ways to provide it? This workshop provides insight into the LGBTQ adolescent (ages 10 – 17) experience: from a teacher, case manager and youth development lens. Participants will examine best practices to support LGBTQ adolescents by understanding common LGBTQ adolescent experience, identifying relevant allyship strategies, and will leave with tools to support LGBTQ adolescents and the adults who work with them.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain tools and communication strategies that support healthy LGBTQ youth development
  • Understand the urgency for adult allyship and empathy for LGBTQ youth
  • Learn best practices to support LGBTQ youth as they navigate coming out and being out among peers and family
  • Gain tools to mitigate LGBTQ adolescent loneliness, despair, self-harm and suicidal ideation
  • Assess personal relationships to gender and sexuality-related biases and
    perceptions.

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Workshop: LGBTQ Civil Rights History and Heroes

Tuesday, November 13 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

This workshop will be a look at the history of the LGBTQ rights movement in America. The goal for this workshop is to unerase figures who’ve been omitted throughout history, and to establish heroes and role models for LGBTQ youth.

By engaging in this workshop you will develop confidence in discussions about the queer civil rights movement, an appreciation for the hard fought victories and failures that LGBTQ have experienced, and a roster of powerful figures to discuss with LGBTQ youth, better connecting them to their own community.

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Webinar: Understanding the Trans Experience

Thursday, November 29 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Case for Trans Youth Case Management. In this webinar we will take a deep dive into the reality of raising and supporting a trans child. Along with being a supportive and affirming parent/guardian or adult in a child's life, there is a convoluted and lengthy process regarding legal documents that all trans people must endure.

Trans-identity often expresses itself much earlier in childhood than sexual orientation, and many parents/guardians and supportive adults are caught off guard. Along with all the acceptance and support trans-children deserve, parents/guardians and supportive adults must also navigate mental health diagnoses, doctor approval, legal forms, and more just to get a piece of identification that aligns with their child’s identity. Learn about this process and more in this upcoming webinar.

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Big Pride is a group of socially conscious and inclusive minded individuals and is part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. Big Pride’s mission is to help ensure that youth of all gender and sexual identities have access to progressive and affirming role models in addition to developing impactful programming for BBBS of NYC .