Youth Workshops

Youth trainings can take many forms, from a GSA leadership group of four students to a schoolwide assembly of several hundred. The most common youth training includes a group of 20-40 students and takes 45-120 minutes. These workshops are typically presented during a regular class block or as a workshop during a Diversity Day event. However, every school has different needs and is operating on a different schedule! Our material is very flexible; we ask questions before the event and tailor the training accordingly every time. To get in touch with us about a youth training, email [email protected]!

The typical format for a youth training includes an ice breaker, an activity, and a closing discussion. Here are some of the activities we typically use during a youth training session. We are always adding new activities and would be happy to come up with something unique to your school!

The Bus Game

 

The Bus Game

Description:

Students move around the room to indicate their responses to the questions asked by the “bus driver.” The questions get progressively more complex, but students must pick a side! This game introduces the concept of binaries and shows how and why they don’t work, especially in the context of gender and orientation.

Stars

Stars

Description:

Students will work through an interactive narrative that puts themselves in the shoes of a youth who is ‘coming out’ as LGBTQ+. Different things happen to students depending on which color star they chose for the workshop. This activity leads into a discussion about allyship, support, and the real experiences of queer youth that we don’t often talk about.

Identity Bingo

Identity Bingo

Students receive a Bingo card filled with LGBTQ+ identity labels and are invited to go around the room seeking definitions for them; the first few to reach a Bingo win a small prize. This game introduces identity labels in a fun way and gives youth the chance to realize how much they do or don’t know about them. The discussion starts with identities, but widens to include other aspects of queer culture and experiences.

Passport

Passport

Description:

Students will work through an interactive narrative that puts themselves in the shoes of a youth who is ‘coming out’ as LGBTQ+. Different things happen to students depending on which color star they chose for the workshop. This activity leads into a discussion about allyship, support, and the real experiences of queer youth that we don’t often talk about.

Spectrums

Spectrums

Description:

Students line themselves up along a spectrum in response to various questions. The presenter will eventually move some students around on the spectrum to demonstrate how the presenter feels about them. This activity is used to discuss stereotypes, binaries, intersectionality, identity and more. This activity can be tailored to be semi-anonymous by allowing students to place pieces along a spectrum on a posterboard to create a visual.

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