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The Power of an Affirming Adult: How You Can Support Trans and LGBQ+ Youth Mental Wellness

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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We know that trans and LGBQ+ youth experience disproportionate levels of mental health distress. Yet we also know that when LGBTQ+ youth have affirming adults in their lives, they enjoy greater mental wellness. Learn about the factors influencing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of trans, nonbinary, and LGBQ+ youth and how you can be an affirming adult.

Following the event, you’ll have the opportunity to join a conversation circle led by JF&CS’s director of mental health for a deeper exploration of the workshop topic.

This event is open to the public and is appropriate for parents and caregivers of teens/tweens, professionals, educators, and other caring adults. A donation of $18/person is suggested but not required.


Jaimie H. Krass, Director of Youth Programs, Keshet

Norman Spack, MD, founder of the Gender Management Service (GeMS) Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital

Rebecca Sneider, LICSW, Brookline Public Schools

Kurtis Washington, Boston GLASS


If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact JF&CS at 781-647-5327 or  in advance of your participation or visit.

Requests for American Sign Language interpreters should be made at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program, if possible. *Additional language interpretation services will also be provided for requests made at least two weeks in advance. Indicate your interpretation needs on your registration form.


April 11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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