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LGBTQ+ youth of color: The best outcomes require best practices, November 10, 10:30am-12:00pm

The LGBTQ+ community is as diverse as the rest of society. Oftentimes, we lump all LGBTQ+ youth together and don't acknowledge how issues of culture and racism may lead to different - and oftentimes more challenging - experiences for LGBTQ+ youth of color. This workshop will help participants understand the ways in which this population face multiple barriers to success and how existing policies and practices for inclusion may need to evolve to meet all of their needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will better understand who LGBTQ+ youth of color are 
  • Participants will learn how they can help remove barriers LGBTQ+ youth of color face in achieving outstanding outcomes
  • Participants will gain information they can take back to their agencies to improve services to LGBTQ+ youth of color

Approved by DCS for Foster Parent hours.

Presenter Bio:

 Yaritsa Perez (any pronoun with respect) is the Youth and Training Specialist at Indiana Youth Group, an organization that creates safe spaces to foster community and empower LGBTQ+ youth. Previously, Yaritsa worked in early childhood education. Yaritsa has her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Purdue University. As a proud queer femme of color, they were an active member of the GSA during high school and continued to speak out about LGBTQ+ issues during their university years. She has worked with youth of all ages and enjoys spending time with the future leaders of the LGBTQ+ movement. Outside of work, they enjoy gardening and writing the next great American novel.  



Yaritsa Perez