The purpose of this lesson is for participants to gain deeper knowledge of common circumstances that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth’s overall health and well-being and may contribute to their involvement in the juvenile justice system. By identifying risk and protective factors common to LGBT youth as a group, the lesson identifies strategies to prevent LGBT youth from entering the system or to facilitate their return home following incarceration or out-of-home placement.
OBJECTIVES Participants will:
• Identify factors that put LGBT youth at risk for entry into, and over-representation in, the juvenile justice system
• Explore factors that lead to long-term incarceration of LGBT youth
• Discuss and think creatively about protective factors or supports that can keep youth out of the juvenile justice system or facilitate their return home
• Identify and discuss strategies for supporting LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system