In October, 54 participants attended the inaugural Supporting the Well-Being of System-Involved LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program. Participants comprised teams from Arizona, Florida, Oregon, Santa Clara County, California, Suffolk County, New York, Texas, Washington, Westchester County, New York, and Wisconsin, as well as five individuals representing diverse fields of law enforcement, prosecution, higher education, psychology and school advocacy.
The program kicked off with an introductory session led by partners Angela Irvine from Impact Justice and Shannan Wilber from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a panel of LGBTQ youth advocates, and an opening dinner with a moving keynote address by GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard. In addition to Impact Justice and NCLR, the program featured instructors from our Center as well as Lambda Legal, the National Center for Transgender Equality, Ruth Ellis Center, GLSEN, National LGBTQ Task Force, Vera Institute of Justice, the Center for Transyouth Health and Development of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, the Center for Children’s Law and Policy and many other organizations, covering topics from gender identity and expression, family and community engagement and leading system change to multi-system approaches to serving LGBTQ youth.
The first Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program was a tremendous success, and we look forward to welcoming a new class next year!
Learn more about the Supporting LGBTQ Youth Certificate Program.