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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 LGBTQIA+ community are significantly more at risk for struggles with mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide. Youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ are more likely to be marginalized and to become victims of violence and exploitation 

Youth-serving professionals and other adults have a unique opportunity to help alleviate these disparities by creating safe, affirming environments for all youth. This workshop will present a culturally comprehensive approach to understanding the needs of this youth subpopulation and strategies for creating positive relationships and environments that allow them to thrive. You will: 

  • discuss general cultural competency components and learn definitions of terminology; 
  • identify specific issues and best practices in working with the LGBTQIA+ youth population; and 
  • engage with a youth panel for answers to some of your questions about serving LGBTQIA+ youth in your community 


  • Morgan Bow, MA

    Regional Coalition Coordinator, Indiana Youth Services Association; Co-chair, IPATH LGBTQIA Committee

    Morgan Bow educates communities on understanding, identifying and responding to human trafficking and is co-chairing a working group to address education about and prevention of exploitation of LGBTQIA+ persons. 

  • Terrell Parker

    Executive Director – Minority Health Coalition of Marion County; President, Board of Directors – Indiana Pride of Color

    Terrell Parker has more than 10 years of professional experience in program development and non-profit management. He is passionate about community development, youth well-being, and mental health.  

  • Rabbit Childs

    PsyD Student, University of Indianapolis

    Rabbit Childs is a PsyD student at the University of Indianapolis. She has a passion for empowering LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized populations.

  • Bloomington PRIDE’s Prism Youth Community

    Education and Training Committee

    This team is comprised of youth who display strong leadership qualities. This group has received multiple awards for their outstanding commitment to advocacy, including the 2016 Leading Light Educators of the Year award and the 2016 Be More Bloomington award.