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With a diverse team of specially trained staff, we have conducted more than 350 trainings reaching over 3,000 individuals since 2013 at schools, faith-based organizations, nonprofits and businesses to increase awareness and empathy for trans and gender expansive youth. Our advocacy, education and outreach work has led to important advances in transgender rights in schools, community organizations, the Illinois Medicaid system and the legal system. Through these efforts, we provide guidance on protecting youth from bullying and harassment in schools; developing support initiatives that promote acceptance and understanding between transgender children and their families and peers; enhancing the capacity of community physicians to provide competent and affirming services; and working to protect the legal rights of these young people.
Staff design trainings and educational programs to fit the unique needs of communities, individual organizations, businesses, and schools. We facilitate education for young people, adults, school staff, and organizational staff and leadership. Current offerings include:
Gender 101: Creating Gender Inclusive Environments | Our Gender 101 program gives an overview of key concepts as they relate to gender, reviews best practices to creating gender inclusive environments, and practical tools for implementing gender inclusion within your space/community.
Gender 102 | Gender 102 provides a follow-up analysis of your school environment, and the impact your school has had since Gender 101. This program is more in-depth, focusing on conversation, targeted questions, and group work.
LGBTQ Inclusion for Faith-based Environments | Our educational program for faith-based environments gives an overview of how to create a gender inclusive environment through a faith-based lens, includes gender diverse and LGBTQ information.
LGBTQ Inclusive Clinical Spaces | Our educational program for clinical spaces gives an overview of how to create a gender inclusive environment through a clinical lens such as how to navigate waiting rooms and exam rooms, includes gender diverse and LGBTQ information.
LGBTQ Inclusion in the Workplace | Our educational program for clinical spaces gives an overview of how to create a gender inclusive environment in the professional workspace. This is not only a tool for the clients that one might interact with, but for the inclusion for all that occupy an organization. This includes gender diverse and LGBTQ information. Download our tips for creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive work environment.
HIV/STI 101: Safer Sex Practices | Our HIV/STI programs includes information on how transmission works, HIV history, HIV/STI treatment, safer sex practices, and harm reduction methods (such as contraception and condoms)
Sexuality Education | Our team supports thoughtful, culturally responsive, and LGBTQIA inclusive conversations as students learn about relationships, social emotional development, and their bodies. Click here to learn more.
LGBTQ Centered/GSA Sex Education Workshops | We offer sexuality education tailored to the needs of LGBTQ youth for middle and high school GSAs, focusing on consent, communication, and safe sex. Some key topics may include sexual communication in a gender-affirming way, healthy LGBTQ relationships, anal sex, and sex toy safety, and HIV & PrEP. Our team members focus on answering questions and providing resources specific to LGBTQ youth. We also offer this workshop for parents, educators, or other community members who are looking to support and affirm LGBTQ youth.
Transitioning 101 | Our transitioning workshop covers the basics of medical and social transitioning, including best practices and products for binding, tucking, and using other shapewear for gender affirmation, gender-affirming hormones, intro to surgery, and hair removal. This workshop can be adapted for community members, healthcare providers, and other helping professionals working with transgender populations.
Substance Use Prevention & Education | We provide workshops for youth, staff, and parents/guardians around substance use prevention. The curriculum focuses on the three substances that most impact young people in Chicago: vaping/e-cigarettes, marijuana or cannabis, and alcohol.
Screen Time: Quality over Quantity | This workshop provides information on having conversations with youth about how they are using their screen time, best practices online and offline, and discussing the pros/cons of various kinds of screen time.
Naloxone/Narcan Training & Distribution | Naloxone/Narcan is a prescription medicine that can temporarily stop the effect of an opioid overdose and help a person start breathing again. We provide free Naloxone/Narcan (including training on how to use it). These trainings are offered in partnership with community organizations and other nonprofit organizations and can be facilitated via our Mobile Health Unit or onsite at the community agency. If you are interested in bringing Naloxone/Narcan training/distribution to your community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trauma-Informed Youth Engagement About Substance Use & HIV | This training covers basic concepts of Trauma-Informed care, explores the intersection of substance use and HIV risk, and provides practical tips for engaging young people with reference to the CDC's HIV Continuum of Care. This training is available for clinicians regardless of work setting but oriented towards needs of providers offering substance use services or support to young people aged 16-25. This training is connected with Lurie Children's Connect4Youth (C4Y) project that supports youth addressing the intersection of HIV and substance use.
Our team provides a variety of hands-on supports for LGBTQ+ inclusion and creating welcoming and affirming gender inclusive environments. In order to support the implementation of sustainable systemic inclusion efforts we provide:
Assistance with the implementation of best practices for LGBTQ+ and gender inclusion
Support administrative materials and systems, such as:
Policies and Administrative Procedures (development and updates as needed)
Student & Employee Handbooks
Nondiscriminatory and Anti-Bullying Policies
Support with developing/implementing Gender Support Plans · Support with implementation of LGBTQ+ Curriculum (in alignment with the Illinois state mandate)
Individualized advocacy and support for LGBTQ+ students and staff
Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for adolescents and young adults. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at email@example.com or call 312.227.7500.