The Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation presents the first practical intervention guide for those working with sexually and gender diverse youth: Helping LGBTQI+ Youth with Caring. This guide is intended to enhance and strengthen the support that practitioners can provide to youth who are part of the LGBTQI+ community, through a caring approach that promotes their full recognition and empowerment.
Having noted that no document of this type was available in French nor English, despite the questions and needs that are still being raised in young people’s living environments (family environment, schools, community organizations, youth protection centers, health services, etc.), the Jasmin Roy Sophie Desmarais Foundation committed itself to producing a guide to provide concrete support to people working with youth from the LGBTQI+ community.
Written by Michel Dorais, sociologist of sexuality and retired social work professor, and Jasmin Roy, President of the Foundation, and developed by building on the content of the Summer School on LGBTQI+ Youth, held in May 2021 (which brought together some 15 experts and 700 participants from 20 countries), the : Helping LGBTQI+ Youth with Caring guide is intended as a working tool to counter the biases, both conscious and unconscious, as well as the shortcomings that practitioners may encounter. This is accomplished by taking stock of best practices and of the knowledge, skills and know-how that need developing.