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About This Event

According to the latest Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, youth who are part of the LGBTQ community are significantly more at risk for struggles with mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide.  

Youth-serving professionals and other adults have a unique opportunity to help alleviate these disparities by creating safe, affirming environments for all youth.  

This presentation aims to increase understanding of, and ability to provide support to, the diverse LGBTQ+ youth in our community. You will gain: 

  • working knowledge of the difference between gender, sexuality and sex; 
  • awareness of risk factors surrounding LGBTQ+ youth; and 
  • understanding of best practices when working with LBGTQ+ youth. 



  • Drake Turner

    Youth Program Facilitator/LGBTQ+ Support – Center for Nonviolence

    Drake has worked at the Center for Nonviolence since 2015 and is currently facilitating an elementary age violence prevention program, violence intervention programming for youth of all ages, and an LGBTQ+ youth support group for middle and high school youth.  

  • Maria Hogle

    Youth Program Facilitator/Support Services Advocate and Facilitator – Center for Nonviolence

    Maria has worked at the Center for Nonviolence since 2014 and facilitates trainings on domestic violence, cultural competency, and social justice issues. Maria identifies as an intersectional feminist.