Advancing Awareness in LGBTQ Care, Part II: LGBTQ Youth, Community & Alcohol Misuse
Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 12:00-1:30pm ET
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth are consistently marginalized and as a result are at greater risk of alcohol misuse. This workshop will identify the unique challenges LGBTQ youth face, address indicators that lead LGBTQ youth to misuse alcohol, strategies that address the specific needs of this demographic, and critical tools to affirm LGBTQ youth in your community. By working with LGBTQ youth in their early development, you have the power to support youth to engage in a community where they can embrace their identity—decreasing the statistic of alcohol misuse.
Mike Freeman (he/him/his) holds a Master’s degree in Psychology specializing in LGBTQ Youth Studies. Freeman's position at the Los Angeles LGBT Center focuses on addressing substance misuse, leading prevention initiatives focused on LGBTQ youth, and building capacity for a coalition. Supervising school-based programs, he and his team provide training and support to students, teachers, and administrators to make impactful changes on school campuses in Los Angeles and nationwide. He has brought his experience to national conferences helping prevention workers identify strategies to make their communities more inclusive for LGBTQ youth. Freeman has over ten years of experience working with LGBTQ youth and communities.
Valentina D’Alessandro (she/her) supports over 30 national School Districts part of the Out for Safe Schools® campaign at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. She has over 15 years of experience in education and worked at Arcigay, Italy's foremost national LGBT rights organization, the LGBTQ Center of Bologna, the GAY LEX Law Firm and other agencies. D'Alessando is a member of the Stonewall National Education Project (SNEP) Organizing Committee, as well as Equality California's Safe and Supportive Schools Advisory Committee. She studied Education at University of Bologna and later continued her studies at the University of Trento where she focused on Neuroscience and Psychology.
- Participants will be able to identify indicators that lead LGBTQ youth to misuse alcohol.
- Participants will be able to understand why the LGBTQ youth population is at greater risk of alcohol misuse.
- Participants will be able to make a plan when working with LGBTQ youth to affirm their specific needs.
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