Youth who are not supported at home, school, and in their communities are at increased risk for self-harm, depression, and suicide. YES Institute addresses the root causes of discrimination, harassment, and suicide by initiating authentic, purposeful dialogue and providing education on gender and orientation. We deliver our education where it is needed most to thousands across a wide range of parents and professionals including community groups and organizations in Education, Healthcare, Government, Workplaces, Faith Communities, as well as Internationally.
Providing professionals responsible for youth an educational model that can include all points of view allows them to work with others to begin making a community safe for all young people. People begin to take action even when they are afraid or disagree, and find authentic and powerful ways to contribute to the well-being of all youth.
Fifty percent of bullying incidents in elementary and middle school are based on gender and orientation slurs. It is critical that educators and school and university administrators be powerful agents of change in the lives of youth and families. But only if equipped with the tools, communications skills and knowledge to succeed, especially when it comes to gender and orientation topics. Instructors who invite YES Institute to their class are providing students with access to the latest research, critical thinking, and first-hand life experiences on gender and orientation. We’ve also worked with dozens of administrators, educators and students (from pre-school all the way to graduate level) to create tools, trainings and curricula that create a safe and supportive environment for students as well as staff and faculty.
Whether administering life-saving treatment or providing course-changing preventative care, medical and mental health care professionals are workingon the front lines every day. YES Institute can support care providers and administrators in building a welcoming, inclusive patient experience for all youth, regardless of gender or orientation, from the moment they walk in the door. Our innovative training and education programs will enhance every treatment and intervention environment, from hospitals to doctors’ offices to community health centers, ensuring that providers feel confident and supported and leading to better outcomes and wellness for patients and their families, as well as for staff.
Federal, State and Local government agencies require a strong foundation of skills and knowledge to respond to changing laws and protocols, as well as to support diverse staff and constituent needs. Whether it’s providing technical assistance to understand and enforce a new policy, providing training and skill-building for law enforcement, or strengthening connections and teamwork for a staff with diverse personal and professional backgrounds, YES Institute can be a powerful and effective partner. YES Institute has helped dozens of government agencies at all levels through our innovative education and training as well as our professional consulting and technical assistance services.
Every employer wants their staff to collaborate and build creative solutions, but diverse staff backgrounds, different skill strengths, and the stress of organizational or industry changes can lead to low morale, high turnover, and less productive teams. YES Institute can build a more communicative and collaborative staff environment, and develop the leaders within your organization, as well as ensure that you’re keeping employees safe and respecting their privacy. YES Institute has empowered staff and built morale at large corporations and small businesses, and also has the expertise and specific knowledge to help nonprofit organizations remove obstacles standing in the way of achieving their missions.
FAITH & COMMUNITY GROUPS & FAMILIES
When navigating gender and orientation topics in the intimate realms of faith and community settings, or even within a family, it can often feel like there’s no way through the barriers and often painful disagreements. YES Institute can help find the path forward, whether it’s through education and communication tools, providing resources, or helping to find language that embraces disparate beliefs while allowing space for growth and acceptance. Our work is designed to be responsive to the unique and deeply personal relationships within faith, families and community groups, and we’ve helped hundreds of individuals, groups, and families find a path forward.
YES Institute’s work has spread far beyond our physical location in South Florida. Thanks to our distance-learning programs, we’ve worked in countries around the world, from Columbia, Mexico, and other Latin American countries to as far away as Cypress, helping to build understanding, strong communications, and keep people safe across cultural divides. Hablamos Español.