Adolescence marks a time of tremendous opportunity for positive growth and development as young people transition into adulthood. Exclusion, rejection, or bias can make this journey perilous. A disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth experience physical and emotional abuse at home, in school, and in their communities simply because of their LGBT identity.
AIR develops knowledge and understanding about LGBT youth that takes account of their experiences and needs. AIR also enhances opportunities for the healthy development, well-being, and safety of LGBT children, youth, and their families by strengthening the systems and programs that address the needs of LGBT youth. We provide training and technical assistance to federal, state, and local agencies in child welfare, behavioral health, education, and juvenile justice to improve policies, services, and care aligned with LGBT youth’s experiences and needs.
On July 10, 2013, the LGBT, Questioning, Intersex, and Two-Spirit Learning Community of AIR’s Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health hosted a webinar, Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness: A Call to Action, to raise awareness and share solutions.
What can communities and systems do to create positive outcomes for LGBT youth? AIR has identified key concepts, data, and research as well as the connection between stigma and well-being for LGBT children and youth. This action planning tool assists organizations in identifying prioritized strategies, goals, and actions towards implementing these standards of care and incorporating them into day-to-day practice.
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) unveiled a new topic on its website dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. The section includes comprehensive information and resources for organizations and communities that are interested in providing safe and supportive environments for LGBT youth and their families.
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