Workshops for Students

PFY’s renowned Community Education program reached over 9,000 students in middle schools, high schools and colleges across Long Island and Queens in 2018. Classes book quickly, so call early to schedule.

Understanding Sexual Orientation
This workshop raises awareness regarding what lesbian, gay, and bisexual students face both in and outside of school. It encourages students to examine their own feelings and opens dialogue to increase sensitivity and reduce bias.

Understanding Gender
This workshop helps to raise understanding and awareness surrounding the topics of gender identity, gender expression, and Transphobia and what it means to be an ally to the transgender community. 

Allyship in Action
Designed for students who are members of Gay/Straight Alliances (GSAs). Through lecture, open discussion and role-playing, students examine their own viewpoints and develop improved skills for responding to anti-LGBTQ bias in their schools and communities

Contact: Christine Salama at (516) 679-9000 Ext. 15 or email [email protected]

Workshops for Teachers, Administrators, and Service Providers

Creating Safer Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning/ Queer (LGBTQ) Youth
Designed for all school personnel to raise awareness about challenges faced by LGBTQ youth. Participants will discuss the risk factors and explore realistic strategies to make school a safer place for all students, including the creation of Gay/Straight Alliances.

Navigating Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community
This discussion based, informative presentation gives attendees an opportunity to leave with a greater understanding of how to create an affirming environment within their own therapeutic space, includes a full review of the “do’s and don’ts”. This workshop is designed for mental health and/or clinical professionals.  The objectives of this presentation is to help mental health providers understand the ways in which sexual orientation and gender identity impact mental health and gain a greater understanding of Gender Dysphoria and how to help people identify coping skills to manage it.

Working with the LGBTQ Community
LGBTQ individuals face particular challenges while navigating supportive services and the world around them. Service providers, social workers, and mental health professionals are introduced to the dynamics of growing up as a member of the LGBTQ community. Specific emphasis is placed on transgender youth and young men who have sex with men. Learn how your organization can become more responsive to this population.


Contact: Aiden Jay Kaplan at (516) 679-9000 ext. 11 or [email protected]