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Meeting the needs of transgender youth

During winter and spring of 2017, Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) hosted seven Lessons from the Field regional events. The topic of these events was meeting the needs of transgender youth. These events covered current research and prevailing perspectives that promote well-being among all youth.

Parents, educators, and professionals who work with families and youth were invited.


Presenters explored how gender-inclusive environments can support positive body image, healthy nutrition, and physical and mental health.

Learning objectives

  • Definitions and vocabulary about transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Includes how terms show up in everyday interactions.
  • How communities can support families and families can support gender development among youth.
  • How food and economic security, nutrition and body image. How these things can specifically influence transgender and gender non-conforming youth.
  • How promoting mental health for everyone reduces stigma and builds community.

Regional workshops

Listed below are the presentations from these Lessons from the Field events.


Read about the reach and impact of these Lessons from the Field events.

Reviewed in 2018

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