23 May 2013

T.E.A.C.H. at DYS

How fitting that our first blog post gives us the opportunity to share an awesome community partnership story!

Yesterday, the Delisle Admin Team was given the opportunity to take part in a Lunch and Learn T.E.A.C.H. presentation. T.E.A.C.H. is a program of Planned Parenthood Toronto which is responsible for educating teens (and sometimes grown ups) about homophobia. As the non-frontline part of the agency, many of the Admin Team members do not get the direct experience with youth that other staff teams get, so this was a great opportunity to start conversations. Anna and David from T.E.A.C.H. were wonderfully responsive to anonymous questions about sexuality and gender submitted by the Admin staff.

At Delisle, we are committed to opening doors and creating safe spaces for youth. To do that, it is important that we create safe spaces among the staff as well. Anna and David gave staff who may not have much experience within the LGBTQ* community the opportunity to ask questions in a non-judgemental environment.

We are constantly learning more about our clients, our community, and each other here at Delisle. Constant learning means better understanding of the issues we face and an increasingly open view of the world around us. At Delisle, we never want to become complacent. We cannot assume that we know everything about the issues we encounter. It is so important to keep learning from new people so we can serve our clients and each other to the best of our abilities.

We loved this workshop so much that we are looking to bring in speakers to talk to us about other topics. Do you have any suggestions for workplace trainings? Let us know in the comment box!

Learn more about T.E.A.C.H. and what you can do to fight homophobia in your communities at http://www.ppt.on.ca/Anti-Homophobia_teach.asp