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Our webinar on LGBTQ+ Youth & the Child Welfare System is available on the Center of Excellence website (free sign up or login required). 

The YES Project facilitates cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration to benefit LGBTQ+ youth among mental and public health clinicians and researchers, legal and human rights advocates, and other practitioners and experts, through dedicated webinars.

These webinars share mental health, legal, and other information relevant to practice and advocacy; and invite a range of speakers across disciplines to provide participants with an overview of what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to know in research and action to address key issues facing LGBTQ+ youth.

One series of webinars, including our introductory webinar on LGBTQ+ Youth & the Child Welfare System, is devoted to exploring the needs, issues and structures facing LGBTQ+ youth in the child welfare system. Another series will address the scope, efficacy and broader impacts of efforts to end conversion therapy.

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The YES Project also facilitates smaller spaces dedicated to strategic planning, including as related to the scope and direction of our work.

2018 Planning Conference with Stakeholders

On Oct. 19, 2018, representatives from leading stakeholder LGBTQ+ youth advocacy organizations met in Washington, D.C. with youth mental health research, human rights and legal experts involved in planning the YES Project. Two brainstorming sessions explored current policy priorities, related scientific evidence, and the basis for a relevant and appropriate project work plan. See the Meeting Report.

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