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  • I hope there’s a prize for the longest title.
  • When thinking about how our program addresses the social determinants of health, we were reminded of a principle represented by Ev Caissie, a youth participant in our Photovoice Programming. So, before we inundate you with the particulars of our project, we thought we’d offer a perspective of the bigger picture.
  • In order to engage youth from a diverse range of backgrounds, we’ve sought partnerships with youth groups that serve a diverse range of youth. Urban, rural, street involved, HIV & HepC positive, transgender/gender diverse, Aboriginal, straight youth allies etc. Important factor in choosing the group was that it is already established, to ensure that youth participating in these projects have access to ongoing support before, during & after the activities.
  • CampOUT! is a 4 day summer camp for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer and Allied youth across BC, many of them from remote communities where they are not connected with other services for queer youth. SACY (School Aged Children & Youth) is a joint initiative between the Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Coastal Health, it’s aim is to reduce, delay and deter substance use in school aged children and youth. Gab Youth Services @ QMUNITY operates out of BC’s Queer Resource Centre on Davie St in the heart of Vancouver’s gay village. They’ve been operating for 25 years and offer a wide variety of services and opportunities for youth participants. THP’s Trans Youth Drop-in meets weekly with transgender and gender non-conforming youth and their allies, they connect with youth from all over the province and provide a wide range of support to youth participants. YouthCO HIV & HepC Community Outreach offers education and support services to youth infected and affected by HIV & HepC from 15-29. Whatever Group is based out of Ambleside Youth Centre and has grown in participation by at least 500% in the last year since being involved with CALL Out! due to an increase in their drop-in activities and programming.
  • These are two of the most well attended groups, with over 40 youth attending their drop-ins and accessing services. Also two of the least supported groups we work with, largely being run on a volunteer basis, relying on community donations and fundraising to cover programming costs.
  • Nanaimo Youth Q&A is one of our newer project partners. Met youth 2 years ago through CampOUT!, wanting training material for his school because he was coming out as trans, hooked him up with someone in his area to provide advocacy/support, got in touch with me asking about getting involved with CALL Out!, told him that in order to participate there needs to be an existing youth group, spent the next 6 months looking for supportive adult(s) to run a group in Nanaimo, after a few more months and a lot of advocacy by myself/this youth/interested adults a group has been started, went to first night and had 17 youth, now averaging 25 and have now started another trans youth group.
  • According to our evaluation report, of the youth that we serve 32% of people identify their gender identity as “female,” 28% of people identify as “male” and 40% identify as somehow “gender variant.”
  • Just as the youth we serve situate themselves in a variety of places on (and off) the gender spectrum, they also describe their sexual orientation in a number of ways. That only 28% of our participants describe themselves as “male” and 24% of our participants describe themselves as “gay” might make our program seems like a strange thing to showcase at the “Gay Men’s Health Summit.” To this, we have several responses. One is that this cross-section of our participants from 2010-2011 does not capture how certain youth shift identities over time, or with whom youth feel that they can or should relate at a particular stage of life. <e.g., the person who knows they are different, uses “gay boy” as a proxy identity before deciding to socially transition to female>. In addition to this anectdata, a series of large-scale, longitudinal studies (based on representative samples) suggest that the time before youth feel relatively settled in their identity is when their health disparities are particularly pronounced. Therefore, we find it encouraging that we are connecting with people and their allies as they sort out their identities because these youth are most in need of safe, supportive, sober spaces and role models. We further suggest that health interventions that are narrowly focused around a particular identity might ultimately be underinclusive, and fail to capture the people who they are intended to help.
  • One of the themes we noticed was a lot of pics of bedrooms, which really brought some of the stats to life- as it really showcases some of the isolation these youth experience as a result of trying to find a safe space to be themselves. This was most common in areas that didn’t have designated queer youth space in the community. Again, when we say we work with rural communities, this also includes urban areas where there is little to no resources for LGBT2SQ youth.
  • Both of these pictures were taken at schools. Aliza stumbled upon the space at Langara (and the broader world) thanks to having a friendship network of queer, trans and allied friends. With respect to Kyle’s photo, one of the recommendations that we often make to organizations wanting to make their space more inviting to queer youth is putting rainbow stickers up or other queer specific posters/decorations- so we’re seeing in action here and it looks like it is inviting youth in.
  • One of the hopes we’ve had for these Photovoice projects is creating connections between youth in the group, that’s happened in a variety of ways. Some groups, like Y4D and Comox Valley Pride, incorporated peer feedback and encouragement into their discussion sessions- they had an art therapist facilitating and it sounds like they had a lot of magic moments. In the case of Y4D, giving groups only two cameras was also a pretty good way to encourage youth to spend time with one another outside of drop-in, increasing their social networks and helping them to explore their communities a little further within the safety of a group.
  • Pets were also a really consistent theme. In the groups I sat in on, the basic idea seemed to be that unlike peers and in some cases families, animals don’t judge you for who you are or who you love.
  • The idea of chosen family was also quite prominent, especially with some of the groups that facilitate programming to more highly marginalized youth such as street involved youth and trans youth.
  • When we originally launched the Photovoice project in 2011, questions were based more around the definition of a safe community.
  • 3 youth with same picture. Fight with parents, skipping class, walk with a friend.
  • This project seems to have been of particular interest to youth who have an expressed interest in the arts, such as Eireann’s photos of his music folder and a lot of Ria’s photos tell stories about spots around the city where she goes to draw, photograph, sing etc. Photovoice art currently on display at the East Van Youth Clininc at the Robert & Lily Lee Family Community Health Centre @ Commercial/Broadway.
  • In about 3 weeks we’ll be having 48 youth and 18 staff from our partner sites around BC coming to Vancouver to participate in the Leadership Skills Workshops as well as receive training on how to facilitate the workshops themselves.
  • What we’re hoping will come of the training in March is that youth will then facilitate these workshops in their home communities over the next year. Then about a year from now we’ll be inviting many of those same youth back to facilitate those workshops with other LGBT2SQ youth at a conference that will be open to the public.
  • What we’re hoping will come of the training in March is that youth will then facilitate these workshops in their home communities over the next year. Then about a year from now we’ll be inviting many of those same youth back to facilitate those workshops with other LGBT2SQ youth at a conference that will be open to the public.
  • We’re now including GSAs in our activities, whereas previously we did not. Got feedback from some communities that while they had managed to find safe space within weekly meetings at school there were no community centres that felt accessible. Being able to open up the project in this way has allowed us to reach further out than before, including not only more groups in the lower mainland and the island, but reaching out into Northern BC as well with our groups in Dawson Creek and Prince George.
  • Hugely successful, diverse mix of events & ideas, will be able to fund 17 projects across BC with grants ranging from $500 - $1000
  • The baseline survey that we ask youth to participate in is fairly long, so we do make sure youth are compensated for their time. Often done in orientation sessions when starting a new activity. Several of the larger activities such as Leadership Workshops and Mini-Projects were piloted before being launched in all communities, to give us a greater sense of how to roll them out most effectively. In these cases we need a bit more feedback around how they might best be facilitated and if youth would recommend them to peers.
  • Data from baseline surveys and other feedback opportunities were compiled into an Interim report in Sept of 2011. In our recent and future rounds of photovoice sessions we’ve encouraged deeper discussion of some of the social issues portrayed in photos as well as encouraging facilitators to get really artistic. Some groups have now been writing full length poems to go along with photos instead of shorter narratives. Youth have also been given a bit more freedom with coming in & out of group sessions, we’ve also begun recruiting partner sites based on their youth’s interest in the engagement activities.
  • This was a pretty delightful surprise as we try to stay fairly hands-off when it comes to direct AOD education. We’ve added a component to our leadership workshop series that speaks directly to issues of substance use within queer youth communities. All youth at the upcoming conference will be participating in this workshop and given the curriculum to facilitate it with youth in their own communities.
  • One of my favorite parts of this work is meeting with youth who are participating in project activities, there are a lot of magical moments and heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) stories that come along with queer youth work. By virtue of being out and involved in the queer community as a trans identified person I tend to get an average of 1 request a week for support from or for a youth struggling with gender identity or barriers they face due to homophobia or transphobia. This is something that is not built into our programming or budget, but there aren’t many options for referrals beyond drop-in groups in larger communities. A great deal of time is spent sending resources to, meeting up with and offering support to youth who aren’t able to access trans-competent services in their communities. It often feels that we don’t have much choice but to offer this support beyond our means as there isn’t much else out there. One of the many amazing stories that comes out of these opportunities is from another youth I met at CampOUT! a few years back- at the time he was contacting me for support in his gender transition. Over the last two years that we’ve been in touch he has pursued his transition in a small community and begun taking on a variety of leadership roles, most recently, he has begun mentoring other younger trans youth in his community and has now secured a casual paid role at his community centre providing support to youth in transition. He’ll be volunteering for us at the upcoming conference. Being linked to SHARP, which you’ll learn more about later, has given us the opportunity to provide further LGBT competency training for several partner sites we’ve worked with. Again, this is something that is only possible when we find some extra travel funds in the budget.
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    1. 1. “It represents nature and structure in life and how they worktogether:” Reframing Communities, Re-Presenting Support and Developing Greater Wellness in B.C.’s Queer, Trans and Two Spirit Youth Kyle Shaughnessy, RSW - C.A.L.L. Out! Project Lead Liz Cave, MA - C.A.L.L. Out! Project Assistant November 1st, 2012
    2. 2. What is C.A.L.L. Out! ??• A strengths based wellness initiative aimed at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning and Allied youth.• Work with organizations across BC to engage LGBT2SQ youth in fun, meaningful activities that: – increase their leadership capacity and – increase their connection to community
    3. 3. What is C.A.L.L. Out! ??• Funded by Health Canada’s Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund• Joint initiative between Vancouver Coastal Health’s – Prism Services – Transgender Health Program – Youth A&D Prevention Services
    4. 4. C.A.L.L. Out! and the Social Determinants of Health Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens in Chinatown, Vancouver BC. I took this because it represents nature and structure in life and how they work together. -Ev Caissie, QMUNITY Gab Youth (Vancouver)
    5. 5. C.A.L.L. Out! and the Social Determinants of Health• Literature amply demonstrates that LGB and trans youth at greater risk of poor health outcomes and alcohol and drug use relative to heterosexual peers• A variety of research designs have explained this health disparity as a consequence of a social framework that affords LGB and trans youth with less access to protective factors than other populations
    6. 6. • Protective factors = “events, circumstances, and life experiences that promote confidence and competence among adolescents and help to protect them from negative developmental risks and health outcomes” (Saewyc e al., 2009, p.110)• Include things like: – Community involvement (v. isolation, stigma, safe spaces to socialize) – Family acceptance (v. family rejection) – High self-esteem (v. low self-esteem) – Access to role models (v. no one to look up to)
    7. 7. Why C.A.L.L. Out! ??• Research and consultation with communities across BC (and Canada) tells us that: – consistently identified need for increased programming to support LGBT2SQ youth – LGBT2SQ youth want • more activities and opportunities to explore their interests; • more chances to develop skills; • more chances to gain experience that will be helpful when entering the workforce.
    8. 8. How does C.A.L.L. Out! work?• Working with over 25 youth groups across BC over 3 years (April 2010 – March 2013), facilitating a series of leadership activities – Photovoice Project – Youth Leadership Skills Training/Conference – Community Projects – Parent & Caregiver Education
    9. 9. How does C.A.L.L. Out! work?• Sought partnership with – community centres – social service organizations – youth shelters – volunteer run community groups• All currently working with LGBT2SQ youth
    10. 10. Whatever Group (West Van) Gab Youth Services QMUNITY Wordplay Vancouver Poetry House YouthCO HIV & HepC Community Trans Youth Drop-in Outreach VCH - Trans Health Program CampOUT! (UBC) SACY VCH Youth Addiction & Prevention Services / Vancouver School BoardOut In Sports C.H.A.T. David Thompson Society Secondary GSA
    11. 11. Generation OUT!Rainbow YOUth PLEA CommunityBurnaby Youth Hub Services Hope Secondary School GSA Surrey Youth Alliance Fraser Valley Youth Society (Abbotsford)
    12. 12. Safe SpacesInterior Community Services (Kamloops) UNITY Kelowna Boys & Girls Clubs Outlet Freedom Quest Youth Services (Castlegar)
    13. 13. Youth 4 Diversity (Campbell River) Comox Valley PrideNanaimo Youth Q&ANanaimo Youth Services Association NanaimoCommunity Options GSA Secondary (Cowichan Valley) GSA WHAT South Island Pride Community Centre (Victoria)
    14. 14. G.L.O.W. ClubDawson Creek SecondaryPride UNBC(Prince George)
    15. 15. • Who does C.A.L.L. Out! serve?
    16. 16. • Who does C.A.L.L. Out! serve?
    17. 17. Photovoice Project• Record, reflect and critique the community issues and lived experiences of LGBT2SQ youth across BC in a creative way.• Youth go out into their communities to take photos in response to a prompting question and attach a short narrative• Group meets 4-6 times to share & discuss photos• Provide cameras & other supplies, on-site orientation, facilitation support
    18. 18. Photovoice ProjectPhotos taken in response to 3 questions • Where do you go to spend time with friends? • Where do you go to spend time alone? • Where do you go to spend time with a supportive adult?
    19. 19. -Rebecca Horrocks, Safe Spaces (Kamloops)Calm creative catalyst. Writing sanctuary. A place to purge.-Vanessa, Surrey Youth Alliance
    20. 20. Getting involved in the community is my life. I lovebeing social. I adore meeting people. This picturerepresents a day where I helped host a casserolesgathering at English Bay. I had just learned aboutwhat was going on in Quebec though an eventheld at Langara Collage called "Sustainability andPower: How the 99% Can Change the World" and itchanged my life. It made me realize how liberal Iwas and got me out into that specific community.-Aliza Bosa (Trans Youth Drop-in) -Kyle Dorman, Safe Spaces (Kamloops)
    21. 21. Keep Me Moving Forward-Josie, Comox Valley Pride Encouraging words from my community <3 -Judith (Tuyet Anh) Nguyen, Youth 4 Diversity (Campbell River)
    22. 22. This Woman’s Best Friend -Gee, Nanaimo Youth Q+AI wonder what life would be like being a dog. Iwonder what they think of humans.-Jee Myung, QMUNITY Gab Youth (Vancouver)
    23. 23. -Youth 4 Diversity (Campbell River)
    24. 24. One of my passions is composing music.  It gives me a sense of hope. -Éireann O’Dea, Trans Youth Drop-in (Vancouver)My Choir is my family.  My music folder is my house.-Éireann O’Dea, Trans Youth Drop-in (Vancouver)
    25. 25. Place where I can be an ally -Andrew Heard, Safe Spaces (Kamloops)Welcome in the VillageWherever your footsteps take you, remember thatcommunity is always right here with you.-Youth 4 Diversity (Campbell River)
    26. 26. The on hand safety of light and light-hearted people.-Angela Burdett, QMUNITY Gab Youth (Vancouver) Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens in Chinatown, Vancouver BC. I took this because it represents nature and structure in life and how they work together. -Ev Caissie, QMUNITY Gab Youth (Vancouver)
    27. 27. -Rebecca Horrocks, Safe Spaces (Kamloops)
    28. 28. In every community every person contributessomething, but we don’t always notice everyperson. Chickens are like the people in ourcommunity who we affect and are affected by,but we don’t always take time to think aboutthem and their contributions.We all contribute to the community.-Youth 4 Diversity (Campbell River)
    29. 29. I do a lot of photography indowntown Kamloops for a hobby.It calms me and sets me free.-Ria DuBois, Safe Spaces (Kamloops)
    30. 30. Leadership Skills Workshops• LGBT2SQ youth lens• Developed with PeerNetBC• Facilitated at numerous youth groups & conferences including C.A.L.L. Out! Conference
    31. 31. Leadership Skills Workshops • Focus on teambuilding, healthy relationships, communication skills, examining societal power & privilege, media literacy & body positivity, public speaking, community action and event planning.
    32. 32. C.A.L.L. Out! ActivitiesC.A.L.L. Out! Conference • 50 youth & 20 staff working with queer & trans youth from around BC. • 3 days in Vancouver – Workshops, activities, performance night, movie night • Large focus was connecting LGBT2SQ youth with each other • This year a large focus will also be on teambuilding amongst staff working with LGBT2SQ youth around the province.
    33. 33. Community Project Grants• C.A.L.L. Out! to provides $500-1000 grants to 20 LGBT2SQ youth groups across BC. – Staff/volunteer mentor youth through planning & delivery of community project – Have included GSAs – Most widespread involvement
    34. 34. Community Projects this year: – Dances & parties – Dodgeball team – Safer spaces campaigns – Intersectionality conference – Community breakfast – Education series • Sexual health, coming out, community organizing – Drop-in start-up – GSA outreach campaigns • Education & arts-based activities
    35. 35. C.A.L.L. Out! Activities• Parent Workshops – Support/education focus for all parents on LGBT2SQ youth issues – Developed in consultation with youth, parents & support workers – Available in all communities working with C.A.L.L. Out!
    36. 36. Evaluation• Baseline Survey – Completed at beginning of engagement activities – Includes basic questions about background & identity, community and family supports, your leadership skills, experiences of homophobia & transphobia, your experiences with alcohol and drugs, coping skills and personal strengths.• Follow-up evaluation and feedback – Short feedback form at the end of engagement activities – Follow-up interview following piloted activities
    37. 37. Evaluation• Photovoice Project Feedback – Facilitators: • Youth learned to creatively express themselves • Build on their critical thinking skills through discussing social issues with peers • Regular attendance somewhat challenging – Youth: • “(I learned that) I am more artistic than I thought.” • “(I learned about) where I really feel safe” • “(I learned more about): “deadlines,” “social skills,” “patience,” and “how to talk with people I normally wouldn’t talk to”
    38. 38. Evaluation• Leadership Skills Workshops Feedback – Youth: • “(The best part is) the focus on the queer community” • “(The most important thing I learned was: – “I have a voice and people like what I say” – “How to be more assertive, how to build healthy relationships” – “How to cope and understand people by understanding myself better” • “(I feel) prepared for a leadership opportunity” • “maybe more drug and alcohol awareness”
    39. 39. Unmet needs of LGBT2SQ youth• Large number of youth outreach opportunities & requests• Many youth serving agencies (and schools) asking for support in LGBT2SQ youth competency
    40. 40. Kyle Shaughnessy, RSWC.A.L.L. Out! Project LeadPrism & Youth Addictions ServicesVancouver Coastal Health604.315.3668 or 1.877.515.3668 (toll free in BC)kyle.shaughnessy@vch.caLiz Cave, MAC.A.L.L. Out! Project AssistantPrism & Youth Addictions ServicesVancouver Coastal Healthliz.cave@vch.caLorraine GrievesManager, Youth Addictions, Prism604 714-3771 x 2318Lorrraine.grieves@vch.ca