- Communicate effectively on the topics of gender and orientation in a manner that facilitates open, authentic communication, rather than conflict or confrontation.
- Create an environment where people authentically respond with emotion, share beliefs, and reveal fears usually withheld in public discussions.
- Overcome positions of right vs. wrong and provide ways to generate actions and produce win/win results.
- Ameliorate the emotional reactions of youth and families who are dealing with concerns around gender and orientation.
- Engage in purposeful dialogue that is not based on a need to agree, but instead connects people to the common purpose of keeping youth safe.
- Develop your public speaking abilities while increasing the impact you have with your audience, particularly in situations when there is no consensus or when emotionally charged topics are discussed.
- Have an opportunity to create action plans to make a difference for youth and families in your community at the interpersonal or institutional levels.