Lesson Four: Reducing Risk and Promoting Protection

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.

Lesson Four

Lesson Four Handouts


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