Working directly with students in classrooms, during after-school activities, and in large assemblies, the Pride Center offers a variety of presentations to address issues of bullying and the needs of LGBTQA youth in schools. These presentations are facilitated by Pride Center staff and youth leaders, who share their stories and facilitate dialog on how to make schools more welcoming to all students.

To request a training, please contact the Director of Programs, Jen Maley-Wheeler, at


LGBTQA Youth in High School
Audience: High School Students
Recommended Length: 1 – 2 hours

  • Understand concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Become familiar with challenges faced by LGBTQA young people.
  • Identify supportive resources for selves, other LGBTQA youth, and allies.
  • Increase confidence in addressing issues of homophobia, heterosexism, and transphobia in schools and community.

Many people have the best of intentions of being an ally to LGBTQA individuals, but don’t know how to turn their good intentions into action. Conducted by Pride Center staff and youth leaders, this is an interactive training will addresses sexual orientation and gender identity, specific challenges LGBTQA people face like coming out, health, relationships, school and work. We’ll also discuss ways to improve your school environment for LGBTQA students and teachers, recommend LGBTQA-themed curriculum, plus much more.
LGBTQA Youth in Middle School
Audience: Middle School Students
Recommended Length: 1 – 2 hours

  • Understanding and appreciating differences.
  • Community building/team building exercises.
  • Identify supportive resources for selves, other LGBTQA youth, and allies.
  • Increase confidence in addressing issues of homophobia and transphobia in schools and community.

LGBTQA youth are coming out earlier and earlier, and many individuals aren’t aware of available resources or the support they can find within their schools, friendships, or family. This interactive training will ask participants to learn more about their fellow classmates and see that many times, we are more similar than we are different. Creating community within schools is one of the most effective ways to decrease the social isolation experienced by many LGBTQA youth.


Beyond the Rainbow: Elementary School Series
Audience: Elementary School Students
Recommended Length: 45 minutes

  • Discover books and other resources that reflect LGBTQA families and people.
  • Increase awareness of LGBTQA families and individuals.
  • Reduce social isolation of children with LGBTQA family members.

Our elementary school workshop runs differently than our other trainings, in that we engage with students by sharing stories and engaging in book talks about topics related to LGBTQA issues. These books will talk about LGBTQA families, have LGBTQA characters, model healthy relationships, and focus on self-esteem, healthy body image, self-expression, and more.


Empowering YOU Through Political & Social Advocacy
Audience: Middle and High School Students, Gay-Straight Alliances
Recommended Length: 1 — 1.5 hours
Recommended Prerequisite: Ally Training: Building Alliances

  • Identify strategies to engage administration to get their projects off the ground.
  • Become familiar with laws and policies meant to protect the LGBTQA community.
  • Improve social media and public relations literacy.
  • Enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

This training features inspiring high school leaders who are working on the front lines to create change in their communities. By offering success stories, sharing challenges, and brainstorming what YOU can do, we hope that you, too, can take action and stand up for equality in your school. This is an INTERACTIVE workshop; get ready to ask questions and participate! We want to empower you to be that catalyst for change. You’ll also learn about discrimination and harassment faced by members of the LGBTQA community, and then what unity can look like in the face of adversity.



For more information or to request a training/presentation, please contact:
Jen Maley-Wheeler, Director of Programs or 518-462-6138 x13