What mark will the next generation of change-makers leave on our community? The outlook is bright, based on a series of education sessions with Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) members at The Children’s Trust.
Youth gained skills for thinking critically about gender stereotypes, bullying behaviors, and anti-gay stigma. Many have already declared steps they will take to set a new standard for compassion and communication in their communities.
“This opened my eyes to all the things I do to feel like a ‘real man.’ Maybe now I can be myself more.”
“I’ve been wanting to come out to my parents. This conversation makes me feel like I’m not alone.”
“We never talk about this stuff at my school. Now I will try to not go along with anti-gay slurs because I see they can really hurt people.”
“I always just assume my friends are okay, but checking in with them might actually save a life.”
We are grateful to The Children’s Trust for their commitment to developing powerful leaders. To schedule an educational dialogue for your student group, please click the link below or contact Dani Dominguez at 305-663-7195.
“YES Institute has an incredible way of engaging our young YAC members, giving them space to speak freely, ask questions, and develop compassion to understand the people around them. The kids now know proper channels of communicating with others who have different views.”
– Danielle Barreras, Community Engagement Liaison, The Children’s Trust