Despite social progress, sexual and gender diverse adolescence continue to be at greater risk for poor mental health and substance use when compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. At the same time, more youth are recognizing and acknowledging their sexual and gender diversity than ever before and “coming out” as LGBTQ+ at younger ages. This talk will discuss the current research on contemporary sexual and gender diverse youth and the various factors that undermine and support their positive development and health as they age into young adulthood.
Pronouns are words that take the place of people’s names. The most common pronouns are She/Her/Hers and He/Him/His, and are traditionally related to a person’s sex assigned at birth. However, just like our names, pronouns carry indicators of our identity and can be tied to gender identity rather than sex assigned at birth. This session will explore proper pronoun use and approaches that can be drawn on for youth development professionals to better understanding the significance of pronoun use and how it contributes to inclusion, acceptance, and belonging. Workshop participants will practice sharing pronouns and better understand the relationship between pronouns, names, and identity by creating a nameplate to introduce themselves to a small group to further put the enhanced knowledge into practice.
Trans Identity and Intersectionality
This training encourages participants to think more broadly and intersectionally about the identities and experiences of transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, gender variant, and non-binary identifying students and colleagues. We will engage in interactive activities, scenarios, and discussion around how to support trans* students and colleagues in your professional work. Participants will develop an understanding of the bias incidents that transgender and gender non-conforming students and colleagues may experience, and the assumptions, perceptions, or stereotypes that people may make based on gender expression. As we consider specific scenarios of transphobic bias incidents that could and have happened at UNH, participants will discuss ways to respond, provide support to trans individuals, and be an ally.
Coffee and Chat
Science of Emotional Safety
This presentation will cover biological theories that support the necessity of providing clearly perceivable cues of safety to LGBTQ+ youth. Specifically, we will cover neuroception, its biological foundation, and how it can be applied to the establishment of safe environments for LGBTQ+ youth.
Lunch and Hallway Conversations
This workshop will focus on discussing intersectionality and how we have multiple identities that need our attention and development. Intersectionality workshop will discuss its impact on youth and personal development. Workshop will focus on the concerns and impact of having multiple marginalized identities and what one can do to recognize and support youth with intersecting marginalized identities.
Coffee and Chat
Understanding the Effect of 4-H on Gay Male Youth Involved in Agriculture
Adolescent development is difficult in a general sense, but compounding factors make it even more challenging for youth who happen to be gay. For many rural youth who are gay, 4-H may be the only extra-curricular outlet they have available to them. Although all children need life skills to help them become caring and contributing members of your community, LGBTQ children are profoundly vulnerable to bullying and being excluded. For many gay men within the agricultural community, the 4-H experience was one that they look back on with fondness. However, there has not been research to provide support to these anecdotal statements about the impact of 4-H club experiences on gay boys and adolescents. This workshop will present an overview of a novel research study involving 169 gay 4-H male alums. We will exploring the consistent elements of the 4-H club experience that may have been supportive or encouraging to gay male youth in feeling included and accepted based on the research findings as shared by the respondents. The session will concentrate on the major research findings to help advise youth workers regarding suggested practices and constructs that could help create more inclusive and accepting environments for LGBTQ+ youth. While this study concentrated on gay male youth, the results could influence positive environments for all LGBTQ+ youth to feel welcomed and that they belong.
The panel discussion will focus on present-day examples of efforts by organizations to address equity and belonging in their work with youth. Experts from the worlds of Extension, non-profit work, and applied research will present their activities and projects relevant to LGBTQ+ youth.
Lunch and Hallway Conversations
Join us as we take a deeper dive into the NYS 4-H DEI cohort model and the opportunities that arose through the creation of a space that supported personal growth along with training. We are pleased to share the successes and challenges from educators applying the cohort work with staff, parents, volunteers, 4-H and camp.
Closing: What Support Looks Like at the National Level: 4-H Council and USDA/NIFA
Jennifer Sirangelo is a believer in young people and their capacity to change the world. She leads National 4-H Council in its mission to increase investment and participation in high-quality 4-H positive youth development programs. Sirangelo joined Council in 2006 to grow support for America’s largest youth development organization. Council is the non-profit partner to the nation’s 4-H movement, supporting leadership development for nearly six million young people through diverse and inclusive programs in agriculture, science, health and civic engagement by way of alliances with America’s philanthropic sector. Sirangelo is currently leading the largest brand and alumni activation initiative in 4-H history, in partnership with America’s land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension System as well as the United States Department of Agriculture. She is the recipient of the 2020 Gold Stevie® Female Executive of the Year Award for women in business. In 2017, Sirangelo was named to Fast Company’s annual list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Sirangelo is a member of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women and a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council. She also serves on the AgriCorps Board, is an Advisor to the Global 4-H Network Board and is a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table.
Capnote: Youth in Action Award Winner
Join Washington State Extension Regional 4-H Youth Development Specialist, Alison White, and Mayyadah Zagelow, National 4-H Youth in Action Award Winner as they share their state's inclusion advocacy approach through the Washington State 4-H Teen Equity and Inclusion Task Force.
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