“People Respecting Individuality and Diversity through Education”
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The purpose of the Bethany PRIDE Team is to foster safe spaces, provide education, and offer support for Bethany staff and youth regarding individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions.
The PRIDE team was created in 2010, included 12 staff, and began assisting our Director of Training to provide staff training sessions to help our employees understand and stay up to date on topics related to and of concern to the LGBTQ community and allies, including best practices for youth residential housing facilities and organizations.
Trainings include educational materials and role plays to foster a safe, effective working and living environment for all staff and youth of Bethany Children’s Home. Materials and role plays touch on the issues that concern us: Bullying & Suicide, Discrimination, HIV/AIDS, Transgender, Teen Homelessness, Marriage Equality, and more; and provide employees with resources and support networks to ensure an understanding and compliance with best practices.
PRIDE also works with Safe Space facilitators and youth in the program to sponsor field trips, outside speakers, and an assortment of other educational and inspirational opportunities.