WPTI | Training

Build Your Competencies in Serving LGBTQ+ Youth


May 01, 2018, Tuesday


9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Workforce Professionals Training Institute
11 Park Place
New York, New York 10007

Registration Fee

Standard Fee: $250


This training is a two (2)-day, full-day training. Each day will be from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Session 1 is on May 1 and Session 2 is on May 8.

Please note that there’s no automatic message sent to your email. Please allow 24 hours to receive a confirmation of the registration. If you have any questions, please email Saki Mori at

If you have a seat package with WPTI, you will be unable to use your seats towards this training.

Program Description

Join WPTI for two full days of training to build cultural competency in serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ+) youth and supporting their success in the workforce.

Day One: Improving Our Cultural Competence in Serving LGBTQ+ Youth

The LGBTQ+ community has gained more visibility and public acceptance over the last several years. However, members of the LGBTQ+ community still face serious barriers to employment, as well as other economic necessities. A key way of making LGBTQ+ youth feel most supported in a workforce programming is simply knowing the varieties of identities in the community, knowing language and cultural norms within the community, legal protections for the community, and general best practices for making any space maximally supportive of LGBTQ+ youth. This is the first part of two full day trainings about LGBTQ+ youth, a second of which covers workforce-specific issues.

In this course, participants will:

  • Discuss their personal knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community, and work collaboratively among each other and the trainer to expand our knowledge base;
  • Learn what practices will help LGBTQ+ job seekers feel safe and supported by your program;
  • Learn about issues facing LGBTQ+ youth (e.g., homelessness), and how you can address those issues;
  • Learn about legal protections for the LGBTQ+ community; and
  • Discuss ways of making your organizational practices supportive of LGBTQ+ youth.

Day Two: Supporting the Success of LGBTQ+ Youth in the Workforce

The second day of this series will focus on making your workforce programming most supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and other gender and sexual minority (LGBTQ+) youth. Workforce programs are vital for supporting the LGBTQ+ community, many of whose members are un- and under-employed. However, workforce best practices are not widespread.

In this training, participants will:

  • Do a quick review about the variety of LGBTQ+ identities, and respectful ways of working with the community;
  • Discuss barriers faced by LGBTQ+ youth in workforce programs;
  • Review best practices about working with LGBTQ+ youth in the workplace, as found in the experiences of programs across the country, and in academic literature;
  • Learn methods of screening employers for their own LGBTQ+ competency, so that you send LGBTQ+ clients to supportive work environments; and
  • How to advocate for LGBTQ+ clients once they’re in jobs, and prepare them to self-advocate in a workplace-appropriate manner.

Intended Audience

Workforce staff and leadership within youth-serving organization


Andrea “Andy” Bowen, WPTI Training & Projects Consultant

Interested in registering a group?

If you would like to register a group to participate in this training, please contact Saki Mori at

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Please note this training is not specific to DYCD providers and has a fee. Please note that there is no discounted rate for DYCD providers for this particular training.

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For any reason that you may need to cancel your registration

1) You must provide notice of cancellation 72 hours prior to the day of the training program to receive full credit toward a future WPTI training program. No refunds will be given.
2) If advance notice was not given that you will not be attending the training program for which you are registered, we regret that we cannot provide credit nor a refund.