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 IYG can provide trainings for school personnel or workshops for students on relevant topics.  Capacity building is available for educators and administrators to aid in the creation of GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) groups within middle schools and high schools.

Trans Cultural Competency for School Personnel

IYG's Transgender Cultural Competency Training for School Personnel is a safe, non-judgmental place to openly ask and discuss any questions or concerns participants have about working with and supporting students or their family members who may self-identify as transgender and/or gender nonconforming. Without a focus on creating a safe school environment, we discuss the concepts of Assigned Sex at Birth, Gender, Romantic Attraction and Sexual Attraction.

Participants learn statistics and personal stories about barriers transgender and gender nonconforming youth face at school when wanting to transition gender identities, and the changes schools can do to be more welcoming and affirming. They learn resource links to the latest, best-practices for working with transgender youth and adults, and adhering to the U.S. Department of Education's guidelines on Title IX situations, HIPPA and FERPA. Participants also learn how to balance their own moral, cultural, and religious beliefs with their professionalism, through interactive scenarios and situations.

LGBTQ+ 101 for Pre K- 5th Grade Classes

IYG uses the ideas from www.welcomingschools.org to find age-appropriate ways to discuss LGBTQ+ concepts as they relate to Different Types of Families, Breaking-down Gender Stereotypes, Name-calling, and Schoolmates Who Change their Gender. This training is very multi-media and interactive way to teach children that all individuals and families are different, worthy, and deserve respect. Youth upper grades (4th or 5th) may also discuss feelings of attraction, basic human relationships, and how to correctly respond to someone "who likes you whom you don't like back."


LGBTQ+ 101 for Middle School Classes

IYG uses the ideas from www.welcomingschools.org to find age-appropriate ways to discuss LGBTQ+ concepts as they relate to Different Types of Couples and Families, Breaking-down Gender Stereotypes, Name-calling, and Schoolmates Who Change their Gender. This training is very multi-media and interactive way to teach youth that all individuals, couples and families are different, worthy, and deserve respect. Participants discuss the effects homophobic and transphobic bullying have on the education and mental health of teens, and what each can do to be a better ally to any youth who are different from themselves. Youth also discuss feelings of attraction, basic human relationships, and how to correctly respond to someone "who likes you whom you don't like back."


LGBTQ+ 101 for High School Classes

IYG uses age-appropriate ways to discuss LGBTQ+ concepts as they relate to teens. Without getting bogged down in terms and definitions, we discuss the concepts of Assigned Sex at Birth, Gender, Romantic Attraction and Sexual Attraction. Then they discuss how society affects homophobia, transphobia, and general ideas of gender stereotypical "rules".

This training is very multi-media and interactive way to teach youth that all individuals, couples and families are different, worthy, and deserve respect. Participants discuss the effects homophobic and transphobic bullying have on the education and mental health of teens, and what each can do to be a better ally to any youth who are different than themselves. Youth also discuss feelings of attraction, basic human relationships, and how to correctly respond to someone "who likes you whom you don't like back." They also learn how to balance their own moral, cultural, and religious beliefs with their professionalism, through interactive scenarios and situations.

For more information, contact:
IYG's Manager of Training, Graham Brinklow (gbrinklow@indianayouthgroup.org) or Lane Banister, Education Program Coordinator (lbanister@indianayouthgroup.org)