DESCRIPTION: There is a continuous need to work collaboratively and plan with allies, advocates, and providers to effectively address the health, mental health, and social welfare of Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning, 2-Spirited youth. These youth experience conditions such as, violence, poor service delivery, and apathy. All Allies, practitioners/clinicians play a critical role in promotion of full inclusion of GLBTIQ2S youth. The Lunch and Learn sSeries of the FOF/HC brings together active organizations to create an unified system of care. Youth Panel topics, In their own voices: What supports did I really need?: Youth will discuss and share what they really think about present levels of inclusion, support, and empowerment. The attendees will discover ways of fighting stigma; and other resources they may be able to provide to this vulnerable population. Presenters:Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network of Tampa Bay, Inc.The Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Inc, Hillsborough, Tampa Bay Vincent Caprigno, President Tampa Youth Project:Moderator of Youth Panel Troy Loker, ED.S., School Psychologist, Co-Chair, GLSEN Tampa Bay:Using the GLSEN National resource Safe Kits and supporting the emotional strength of GLBTIQ2-S youth. Frank Roder, MA; Co-Chair GLSEN Tampa Bay:Building the support network in our Schools, Establishing Gay Straight Alliances. and other social groups. Larry English, M.Ed, NCC, Executive Director Federation Of Families, Tampa Bay:Building and fostering partnerships among individuals, providers and organizations to serve these youth. The event made possible by the generous support and planning of Metro Wellness Centers,Guttenberg Pierre, MPH JaDawn Wright, MPHChristian Chandler, MPH
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