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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, or Two-Spirit Learning Community

American Institutes for Research (AIR) LGBTQ Training and Technical Assistance

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AIR’s Health and Social Development program works with a range of youth-serving systems and agencies to improve policies, services, and care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through research and evaluation, we work to improve available services and health and mental health outcomes. Applying findings from current research, our strategies promote safety, success, and well-being for LGBTQ youth and their families. We also provide training and technical assistance to federal, state, and local agencies in health, behavioral health, public health, education, child welfare, homelessness and housing, and juvenile justice with the goal of strengthening and integrating systems serving LGBTQ youth.

Please contact Jeffrey Poirier, Ph.D., at [email protected] or 202.403.5368 if you are interested in available consultation that AIR can provide, including trainings and technical assistance. You can access more information about AIR's work related to LGBTQ youth at The following are recommended resources to provide safer, more supportive care and services for LGBTQ young people.

LGBTQ Tools, Curricula, and Resources

This synthesis recommends publicly available resources that can support workforce development in child-, youth-, and family-serving systems (e.g., schools, healthcare, child welfare, homelessness, juvenile justice). Resources are intended to support more competent practice and affirming, inclusive services and supports for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families.

(An Interactive Video) 10 Standards of Care: Improving Services for LGBT Young People

This interactive video featuring American Institutes for Research expert Jeffrey Poirier highlights 10 standards for improving policy and practice for young people who are LGBT. This video is intended for all human service systems such as child welfare, education, health, homelessness, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse. Any person can impact change, whether policy makers, program administrators, front-line service providers, family members, youth themselves, or other community members. This interactive video will help you to strengthen policy and practice. The video is organized around 10 standards of practice from Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals (2012). Please contact Dr. Poirier with questions or comments about this video and related training and technical assistance.

Feedback Tool for Planning Improved Supports for LGBTQ Young People

AIR is pleased to share this strategic planning tool, adapted from the standards of care in Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes: A Guide for Professionals. This tool is intended to support your efforts to identify action steps you can take in your organizational (e.g., child welfare agency, school) and community roles to improve services and supports for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children/youth and their families.

A Guide for Understanding, Supporting, and Affirming LGBTQI2-S Children, Youth, and Families
This guide, written by members of the National Workgroup, provides information for service providers, educators, allies, and community members who seek to support the health and well-being of children and youth who are LGBTQI2-S and their families. This guide can support efforts to promote full and affirming inclusion of LGBTQI2-S youth and families in communities and provider settings (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, schools). The guide’s last page includes a place for organizations to add their endorsement electronically.  Both the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) have endorsed the guide.  You can access the guide with the NASP and NASW endorsements below.

Other Resources

View resources relevant to the LGBTQI2-S Learning Community:

Please visit our new LGBTQI2-S Education Resources webpage to find resources and strategies for creating safe, supportive schools and improving outcomes for LGBTQI2-S students.

LGBTQI2-S National Workgroup for Systems of Care

AIR has coordinated the National Workgroup to Address the Needs of Children and Youth Who Are LGBTQI2-S and Their Families since its inception in 2008. Founded by the Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch (CAFB), Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this national workgroup of experts enhances services and supports for youth who are LGBTQ, intersex (I), or two-spirit (2-S). The workgroup guides CAFB efforts to develop policies, programs, materials, and other products that address the needs of youth who are LGBTQI2-S and their families.
Learn more about the LGBTQI2-S National Workgroup.

Workgroup Biweekly Updates

The National Workgroup biweekly updates provides a tool to stay informed about current issues and news from the field, new LGBTQI2-S resources and research, what the National Workgroup and its members are doing, and upcoming events. We disseminate a biweekly update on Fridays. Below are links to some past biweekly updates.

If you would like to receive these biweekly updates, please follow these steps: (1) address an email to [email protected] with a blank subject line; (2) in the body of the email, write SUBSCRIBE LGBTQ_Youth; (3) send the email.




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