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Promoting Equity for LGBTQ Youth

Positive identity formation, parent and peer relations, and community connection are critical protective factors.  However, bias, marginalization, violence, and trauma can negatively affect a young person’s physical, social-emotional and mental health.  For youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) or questioning (Q) their sexual orientation or gender identity, research has documented how these risks can affect their well-being.  This session summarized key data and research, and provide information and resources including a blueprint for creating more supportive services

Want More Kids to Be Ready? Help them Name and Appreciate the Skills They Already Have.

Karen Pittman
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lots of people are talking about the importance of ensuring that students have social and emotional skills needed to be college and career ready.  Too often, however, the focus is on what it takes to teach young people these skills. These skills, however, are often learned in the context of doing other things – playing, studying, socializing, working, even getting out of bad situations.  We often don’t know what we’ve learned until the skill is named or know that it is important.  This is especially true of students who are black, brown or poor.