SHIFT NC

Ally Training

"How to Be An Ally" trains youth-serving professionals to create safer, more supportive environments for LGBTQ youth. The training helps professionals understand the disparate HIV and mental health risks LGBTQ youth face and strategies to address those disparities. 

The Problem

Research shows that stigma, bullying, and feeling unsupported or disconnected from support systems contributes to the health disparities that LGBT students face. In North Carolina in 2015:

  • LGB students were three times more likely to have made a plan for suicide than their straight peers (37% vs 12%) 
  • LGB students were four times more likely to have seriously considered attempting suicide than their straight peers (47% vs 12%). 
  • 82% of North Carolina’s LGBTQ students have heard anti-gay remarks from their peers. 
  • 20% had heard homophobic and 37% had heard transphobic comments from school staff.
  • According to the CDC, in 2015, youth ages 13-24 accounted for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses, and gay and bisexual men accounted for most new HIV diagnoses among youth.

The Basics

Ally training equips adults to support LGBTQ youth, to help them avoid a crisis, to engage parents, and to create safer schools for all students. The training includes: 

  • An overview of terms used when talking about LGBTQ youth
  • HIV disparities and strategies
  • Mental health disparities and strategies
  • Parent engagement tactics
Ally training is an optional training available to school systems. Other youth facing professionals can request an adapted version to suit their work setting.