Many people are reluctant to speak openly about gender and orientation–even with their closest family members, friends or co-workers. This silence perpetuates fear and misinformation, divides families and communities and leads to unsafe environments for youth.
YES Institute uses a powerful model of communication to engage participants in authentic and open discussions that include all viewpoints and beliefs. These dialogues give people the opportunity to publicly speak their fears, concerns and questions, often for the first time. Once misinformation and fears have been addressed, people begin to generate solutions and take actions to ensure the healthy development of all youth.
YES is successful because we don’t ask people to change their beliefs. We do ask participants to learn new things related to their beliefs, examine behaviors that create negative consequences, and allow them to freely choose how to respond.
Schools, universities, businesses, corporations, parent groups, social service providers, medical facilities, churches, and synagogues invite YES Institute to facilitate over 250 community dialogues each year.
With the support of trained volunteer speakers and facilitators, more than 8,000 people per year engage in the work of YES Institute. Their unique experiences of gender and orientation open hearts and inspire others to take action.
Schedule a Community Dialogue
To schedule a community dialogue for your group or organization, we require a commitment to present to no less than 10 participants. Please review the dates of already scheduled events, on our calendar before submitting your request. Then please complete this form. If you have questions, please contact the office at 305-663-7195 or send an email to Presentation Requests
Book Us to Speak At Your Conference
If you have an upcoming conference and would like YES Institute to present a compelling presentation on topics ranging from communication and leadership to gender and orientation, you can book us to speak at your conference.