Aloha, and welcome! If you attended today’s conference, Building Competency in Serving LGBT Youth, at Ko’olau Ballroom, we appreciate your participation and support. We are pleased to introduce this website as an additional resource to support and encourage you as you continue your valuable and challenging work in serving our LGBTQ youth within our Hawaii communities.
Please take your time in navigating through these pages. You will find resource lists on the pageslisted on the navigation bar at the top of the page. We have divided the resources by category and they include links (when available) to the resource websites. If you are looking for something or a topic in particular, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to guide you to an appropriate resource.
The focus of today’s conference was on building competency in serving LGBTQ youth, a highly at-risk youth population in our schools, health and social services, and our juvenile justice system. We hope that the information provided and introduced to you today will allow you to increase your understanding of who our LGBTQ youth are, the risks they face in our society, their needs, ways to improve services to these youth and resources and tools to assist you in making these services inclusive, safe, respectful, supportive and appropriate to address their needs.
For many programs and professionals, this training conference is a beginning step in the journey of understanding and competency in how to engage, support and nurture our LGBTQ youth and the greater community.
If you are interested in continuing to learn and do more, we will continue to inform and work with you to develop local resources, networks and best practices that address the needs of our Hawaii LGBTQ youth. Thank you for you aloha and kokua.