LGBTQ Foundations: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills

A Safe Zone Workshop

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"Very informative and presented in a manner that was easy to understand."

"I really enjoyed this training. I needed to update my vocabulary."

"Meg did a great job in making this a comfortable setting to talk about GLBTQ topics."

Your Training Description

By being inclusive to the LGBTQ community, youth programs help provide a vital sense of connection and support. Gain an understanding of terminology that will help define the LGBTQ experience as well as give you an awareness of when and how to use this sort of vocabulary appropriately.  You’ll be challenged to think about barriers and opportunities within your organization in creating more inclusive programs. Identify ways your organization can best support LGBTQ youth as they interact with others in your program and in other environments.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Define foundational LGBTQ vocabulary
  • Define the differences between gender, sex, and sexuality (and why that difference is important)
  • Discuss how having or lacking access to privileges impacts the daily lives of LGBTQ people
  • Identify affirming and supportive strategies for serving LGBTQ youth

Your Trainer

Image of Meg Bolger

Meg Bolger is a social entrepreneur and facilitator passionate about the process of engaging in social justice work. She founded Pride for All, an organization that provides support for folks looking to start social justice conversations. Meg is also the co-creator of, where she enjoys helping individuals and organizations create sustainable gender and sexuality education programs. Meg completed her undergraduate studies at Hamilton College and received a Master of Arts in College Student Counseling and Personnel Services from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys flying around the U.S. to help develop facilitators at schools and other organizations, all the while getting asked if she’s old enough to sit in the exit row.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to embrace diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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This training will count as 2 CE hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting. You are encouraged to print or save this training information as a PDF for your records.