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September 2022

Youth Autonomy, Empathy, and Ageism

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

As youth mature, having control over their decisions, bodies, spaces, relationships and self-expression becomes an increasingly important part of their development, the formation of their identities, and their readiness to exist in the world as independent individuals. But as caregivers and mentors, we often fail to recognize early opportunities to sew the seeds of independence in young people.    In this interactive session, participants will be invited to reflect on their own experiences and to interrogate the ageist assumptions that…

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Youth and the Right to Privacy

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Is it ok for our kids to keep secrets from us?   In this session, we will explore the tricky balance between young people’s inherent right to privacy and our responsibility as caregivers to keep them safe. How can we protect young people from very real dangers without sheltering them entirely from a world they need to be prepared to navigate? How can we incorporate technology - smartphones, social media etc. - into a changing conversation about privacy? And most…

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October 2022

Systems Update: Enhancing Documents & E-Forms to Better Serve LGBTQIA Youth and Families

October 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Noticing that your electronic and paper forms don’t give all the information your staff need, or that they don’t work for all of your families? Geared towards directors and other leadership, this interactive session provides practical examples for adjusting forms and for how to work around 3rd-party systems. Bring your forms to help us work through real examples! Attendance of Names & Pronouns session encouraged. Prerequisite: LGBTQIA 101.

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Youth Autonomy, Empathy, and Ageism

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

As youth mature, having control over their decisions, bodies, spaces, relationships and self-expression becomes an increasingly important part of their development, the formation of their identities, and their readiness to exist in the world as independent individuals. But as caregivers and mentors, we often fail to recognize early opportunities to sew the seeds of independence in young people.    In this interactive session, participants will be invited to reflect on their own experiences and to interrogate the ageist assumptions that…

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Youth and the Right to Privacy

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Is it ok for our kids to keep secrets from us?   In this session, we will explore the tricky balance between young people’s inherent right to privacy and our responsibility as caregivers to keep them safe. How can we protect young people from very real dangers without sheltering them entirely from a world they need to be prepared to navigate? How can we incorporate technology - smartphones, social media etc. - into a changing conversation about privacy? And most…

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Supporting the Needs of LGBTQIA Children & Teens

October 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Research shows that having just ONE supportive adult can reduce suicidality for LGBTQ youth. This session provides insight into their psycho-social-emotional needs with the aim of assisting staff in creating affirming environments and improving mental health. Plus, attendees will learn their legal obligations when working with LGBTQIA youth, especially those with unsupportive homes.   Prerequisite: LGBTQIA 101.

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Supporting the Needs of LGBTQIA Children & Teens

October 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Research shows that having just ONE supportive adult can reduce suicidality for LGBTQ youth. This session provides insight into their psycho-social-emotional needs with the aim of assisting staff in creating affirming environments and improving mental health. Plus, attendees will learn their legal obligations when working with LGBTQIA youth, especially those with unsupportive homes. Prerequisite: LGBTQIA 101.

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November 2022

New Laws and New Talent: Attracting & Retaining LGBTQIA Employees

November 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Free

Do you know the new NYS laws pertaining to trans and gender-nonconforming people in the workplace? Wondering how to be an attractive employer to LGBTQIA talent? Designed for HR and leadership, this session provides workplace policies and practices for creating affirming environments for current and future LGBTQIA staff, while reviewing laws that many employers in NYS are unaware of. Prerequisite: LGBTQIA 101.

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New Laws and New Talent: Attracting & Retaining LGBTQIA Employees

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Do you know the new NYS laws pertaining to trans and gender-nonconforming people in the workplace? Wondering how to be an attractive employer to LGBTQIA talent? Designed for HR and leadership, this session provides workplace policies and practices for creating affirming environments for current and future LGBTQIA staff, while reviewing laws that many employers in NYS are unaware of. Prerequisite: LGBTQIA 101.

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Getting Gender Right: Role Modeling Support of Gender Diversity & Individuality

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Many childcare workers want children to grow in environments free from gender stereotypes and restrictions, yet often end up subconsciously reinforcing society’s messaging. From a young age, we have an opportunity to shift our language and behavior to improve mental health and stronger connections with children. Learn tools for reducing the pressures experienced by children of all genders! Prerequisite: LGBTQIA 101.

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