Providing Hope and Healing: LGBTQ+ Youth and Initiating Change within Systems 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CDT
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Northside Prep High School 
5501 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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Debbie Podmore, Training Resource and Information Network (TRAIN) 
Lawrence Hall 


Kim L. Hunt at, executive director, Pride Action Tank and member of the Illinois LGBTQ Roundtable

The Illinois LGBTQ Roundtable, Pride Action Tank and Training Resource and Information Network (TRAIN) are collaborating to host Providing Hope and Healing: LGBTQ+ Youth and Initiating Change within Systems. 

This provider conference is structured and informed by the Youth Advocate Solutions Summit for LGBTQ+ youth (18-24 years old) who have experienced the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems, which was held last November.

We are grateful to the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for their generous support!

The goals of these two convenings are to:

  • Create a platform that centers the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ young adults to shed light on the issues they face and gaps in services, resources and opportunities, within systems of care.
  • Identify opportunities to build capacity for families and communities to support system-involved LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Develop an agenda for advocacy, resources and inclusion with and for LGBTQ+ young adults and service providers.

This conference is for service providers, educators, researchers, funders, policy makers and others whose work or interests include improving outcomes for LGBTQ+ young adults.

Speakers include advocates, policy makers, service providers and youth who will be panelists during sessions that cover topics such as the criminal justice system, child welfare, education and supports such as housing and workforce development. Each session will include time for solutions-focused discussion that will aid post-symposium advocacy efforts.

For more information on each breakout session, including confirmed panelists, please click here

We are also featuring 2nd Story experiences from Jessica Kadish-Hermandez and Aimy Tien!

Registration information

The registration fee includes breakfast and lunch, in addition to 6.0 CE/CEUs!  

            Registration Fee after March 18th:  $85

 The Partners

  • The Illinois LGBTQ Roundtable is a collaborative of organizations and individuals who work with and on behalf of children and youth in our state’s child welfare system.
  • Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, is a multi-issue project incubator and think tank focused on improving outcomes and opportunities for LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized groups.
  • Training Resource and Information Network (TRAIN) is a consortium of service providers who collaborate and share training and staff development resources in order to best meet the needs of those served by community-based organizations.  Member organizations include:  Lawrence Hall, Children’s Home + Aid, UCAN, Riveredge Hospital, National Runaway Safeline, The Night Ministry, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, SOS Children’s Villages IL, and Hephzibah Children’s Association. 

Continuing Education Units

6.0 CEUs will be issued for full attendance, no partial credit provided.  Lawrence Hall is authorized by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to award Continuing Education (CE) to Licensed Social Workers (LSW), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC) (license number 159-00412) and Psychologists (license number 268-000073).   3.0 CEU credit will meet the cultural competency requirement!