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Home Seattle & King Co. Equity in Youth Programs Symposium (Mukilteo, May 7)

Equity in Youth Programs Symposium (Mukilteo, May 7)

STARS Credits: 6

Mark your calendars for our Equity in Youth Programs Symposium on Tuesday May 7th, 2019!  

Come for a full day of incredible workshops focused on equity in your program, schools and communities. Alongside our Structural Racism and Cultural Responsiveness offerings, we are featuring two sessions on gender identity and inclusivity — our Welcoming Schools session on Preventing Bias Based Bullying, and "Who taught you that?" Understanding Gender, Creating Affirming Spaces. 

This symposium, you will not want to miss!      

Workshop Descriptions  

Welcoming Schools: Preventing Bias-Based Bullying — Tracy Flynn

This session will focus on the critical need to proactively address biased behaviors that can lead to bullying. 

Participants will learn ways to foster ally behavior among students, staff and families. We will provide staff training and curricula that are inclusive and open to teachable moments between children and youth.

"Who taught you that?" Understanding Gender, Creating Affirming Spaces — Lex Gavin

“The Transgender Tipping Point” was declared by TIME Magazine in 2014.  Transgender people have been fighting for decades for presence in politics, media, and all other facets of life. Questions about gender have entered the collective consciousness, and are not going away. Many people understand that it’s vital to support marginalized youth in programs, but are unsure of just how to do that. Other folks might question why our culture’s understanding of gender is worth examining at all. If you’re open to a paradigm shift and a generous helping of introspection, join us!

This interactive, activity-based workshop will explore:

  • Where our ideas about manhood and womanhood come from
  • The harm that a gender binary inflicts upon all of us
  • The relationship between the “rules” of gender and colonialism
  • What’s at stake for transgender and gender non-conforming youth
  • How to create welcoming and affirming programs

If this workshop will be your initial exploration of transgender issues, welcome! Please review the following materials in advance, and contact Lex if you have any questions or if there’s any specific information you’d like to learn.

Transgender Glossary of Terms

Guide to Gender Pronouns

Exploring Structural Racism

The Exploring Structural Racism workshop provides foundational information and examples of historical and current-day structural racism, along with data on persistent racial disparities.

A thorough understanding of structural racism can help all professionals provide effective services for youth and their families. In this session we will explain structural racism, provide examples of and data on structural racism, and discuss implications for youth. The material can be emotionally challenging and we will provide what we hope will be a helpful structure for understanding and a learning environment for every participant to grow. 

Cultural Responsiveness: An Inclusive Approach for Youth Programs

The Cultural Responsiveness: An Inclusive Approach for Youth Programs workshop explores cultural identities, perspectives, and relationships that impact youth and shares best practices for an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment for all youth.

This offering trains professionals to understand and implement the guiding principles of Cultural Responsiveness: Quality programs respect and are responsive to the diversity of program participants, their families, and community.

Thanks to our partnership with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), providers working in licensed school-age programs can receive STARS Credits from our workshops.

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Most SOWA workshops and webinars are STARS approved. Classes fill quickly and registrations are processed in the order received. Your registration is not complete until payment is received. If you have a question regarding payment, please contact Nerrisah Townsend at ntownsend [at] or (206) 336-6903.

SOWA reserves the right to cancel any training event two business days prior to the event. In case of cancellation, registrants will be notified and registration fees refunded. If you cannot attend a training event, we will refund your registration fees only if we are contacted at least two business days prior to the event. Otherwise, no refunds will be given.