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Mentoring LGBTQ Youth: Creating Safe, Affirming, and Intentionally Inclusive Relationships and Programs to Better Serve All Young People in our Care
This full-day session takes a closer look at researcher- and practitioner- suggested practices to create safer and more affirming programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Starting with awareness and empathy building activities, participants in this full-day session will gain tools, practice, and policy guidance to become better advocates to LGBTQ youth in their care. Program staff will also be given a roadmap for how to intentionally update recruitment, screening, matching, training, case management, and closure activities using guidance from the newly released LGBTQ Youth Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice.
By the end of this session, participants will:
- Increase awareness of the experiences of LGBTQ youth in their program
- Identify program strengths and areas for improvement to better serve LGBTQ youth in their community
- Understand key policies and guidance from the LGBTQ Youth Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice.
Please Note that additional support, coaching, and technical assistance will be available to all participants that attend this training. Mentor Washington programs that participate fully in this day-long training, complete follow up calls/virtual check-ins on a quarterly basis, and demonstrate updates to policies are eligible to receive certification as a safe and affirming mentoring program.
About the Trainer:
Dr. Christian Rummell has over 20 years of experience as a researcher, training and technical assistance provider, and practitioner in the youth mentoring field—with specific expertise on mentoring LGBTQ youth. Currently, Dr. Rummell serves as a Research Board Member on the OJJDP-funded National Mentoring Resource Center and is a key consultant on the national BBBS LGBTQ youth mentoring enhancement initiative. At Portland State University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research, Dr. Rummell conducted one of the first studies on the role of mentors in supporting identity development in gay youth. In addition to expertise in mentoring, Dr. Rummell has also published a review of cross-sector community collaborations to prevent and address LGBTQ youth homelessness and technical assistance resources documenting the experiences of LGBTQ youth in juvenile justice settings.
For more information about Dr. Rummell and his work with LGBTQ youth, visit: www.mentorist.org