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 Parent Institute
IYG's Parent Institute offers adults in the lives of LGBTQ youth education and support in order to create accepting households. It's an OPEN adults group. Anyone can attend! Email Jamie Roberts jroberts@indianayouthgroup.org to RSVP (RSVP preferred but  not required).

The Parent Institute program has a lot to offer parents, caregivers, and influential adults in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. 

Upcoming Parent Institute meetings:

TBA10 AM - 2 PMIYG Activity Center

 

Parent Institute:

IYG's Parent Institute is an all-day group learning environment that occurs once a month. In this group we discuss what it means to be a youth that identifies as LGBTQ, provide STEP tools (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) to help parents and caregivers navigate difficult situations, and provide general tools and resources on how to be of most support to the LGBTQ youth in your life. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. The Parent Institute, like every IYG program, operates in an open and non-judgmental environment.

One-on-One Support
For parents and caregivers that have specific questions and concerns that they would like to discuss, IYG offers individual meetings and conversations to aid in support. In the One-on-One meetings, parents and caregivers are able to meet with Jamie Roberts, the Manager of SBCM and Family Support, at a location that is most comfortable and suitable for the family. Tools from the STEP program are utilized in supporting parents and caregivers in One on One meetings. Assistance is provided to parent and caregivers with crucial conversations, such as how to come out to family and friends as having an LGBTQ child or family member, or any other issue pertinent to each family's individual situation and process.

 

Upcoming Parent Institute "Grown-ups and Guardians Huddle" meetings:

TBA

Grown-ups and Guardians Huddle: 

The "Grown-ups and Guardians Huddle" meetings are for parents and other adults in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. Attendees are encouraged to discuss thoughts and feelings around specific subjects, and thus, receive peer support between families. Current research and knowledge of the subject will be presented by the group facilitator. 

The objective is to bring education and support to the adults participating.
For more than 25 years IYG has been an amazing support in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth. We are excited to now offer similar support to the families of these dynamic youth. We provide a judgement free environment wherein adults are encouraged and allowed to maneuver their journey in a way that is best suitable for them. If you have any questions please contact Jamie Roberts at jroberts@indianayouthgroup.org
 

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PFLAG:

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

 Find out more about Indy PFLAG HERE.

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