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Safe Space Training with GLSEN Greater Kansas City

Training Offered to Make Your School Safe

Each member of every school community should be valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression. The reality is that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students experience bullying and harassment at school.

The Greater Kansas City chapter of GLSEN provides training for school personnel on GLSEN's Safe Space Program. Participants learn how to create a welcoming, supportive and safe environment for all students but especially for LGBT students in their school communities. Above are pictures of participants at a Safe Space workshop held at the LIKEME Lighthouse in 2012.

Know the Issues

This workshop is for educators who are considering introducing the GLSEN Safe Space program into their school community. It is especially appropriate for educational professionals in schools/districts that are currently not providing services specifically targeted to LGBT and gender-nonconforming students. You will learn about the issue of anti-LGBT bias in schools and the affect bullying has on LGBT and gender-nonconforming students and their ability to succeed at school.  You will find about the GLSEN Safe Space Program and how it can address the needs of LGBT and gender non-conforming youth. You will leave with a greater awareness about the risks LGBT and gender-nonconforming youth face at school and what can be done to make school communities safer for these students.

Please contact us at kansascity@chapters.glsen.org or call us at 913-608-GLBT if you would like to schedule a workshop at your school, in your school district, or at some other location and to find out the cost of our training.

Become an Ally

This workshop is for professional educators who desire to become an ally for LGBT and gender-nonconforming students in their school communities. An ally is an individual who speaks out and stands up for a person or a group that is targeted and discriminated against.  For GLSEN, an ally is any person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT and gender-nonconforming students.  You will learn how individual biases are formed, what to do when a student comes out to you and how to respond to anti-LGBT language and behavior when you witness it. You will leave with the tools and resources to create a “Safe Space” for LGBT and gender-nonconforming students at your school.

Please contact us at kansascity@chapters.glsen.org or call us at 913-608-GLBT if you would like to schedule a workshop at your school, in your school district, or at some other location and to find out the cost of our training.

Be an Advocate

This workshop is for educators who want to become an advocate for LGBT and gender-non-conforming students at the school and/or district level. It is particularly appropriate for schools where staff have established Safe Spaces and would like to take things to the next level.  You will evaluate the current status of your school/district in making your school communities safe and welcoming to LGBT and gender nonconforming students, identify next steps you would like to take and discuss strategies for managing such changes.  You will leave with tools and resources to set goals, educate professional colleagues about the issues and implement change within your school/district.

Please contact us at kansascity@chapters.glsen.org or call us at 913-608-GLBT if you would like to schedule a workshop at your school, in your school district, or at some other location and to find out the cost of our training.

The workshops are presented by GLSEN certified facilitators. All participants who complete the work will receive a certificate for CEU (MO) or IDP (KS) points in their school districts.