Dr. Carrie Jacobs, “Working With LGBTQ Youth Across Race, Class, and Gender”

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 4:10pm
Maginnes Hall, Room 111
Dr. Carrie Jacobs presents "Working With LGBTQ Youth Across Race, Class, And Gender"

Talk will focus on being Founder & Executive Director of one of few queer youth centers in the country which serve many trans youth of color in particular (The Attic Youth Center: http://www.atticyouthcenter.org/).

“Dr. Jacobs is the Founder and Executive Director of The Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia, PA. Since 1993, over 10,000 LGBTQ youth and youth allies have walked through the doors of The Attic Youth Center.  Whether youth are seeking a caring adult to talk to, a safe space to express their identity, activities to participate in after school, or assistance with finding housing or a job, The Attic strives to have a positive impact on many aspects of their lives. The Attic consistently evaluates its programming in effort to assure that each youth who participates in Attic services and activities grows and thrives. Over time, The Attic has found that consistent participation in Attic programming leads to:

-Increased positive behavior/personal and social responsibility

-Increased social and emotional competencies (e.g. interpersonal skills, adaptability, teamwork)

-Increased leadership capacity (e.g. public speaking, group facilitation, advocacy)

-Improved literacy, study skills, and academic competencies

-Improved job acquisition skills

-Increased 21st century skills (e.g. information technology literacy, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, etc.)

-Improved school attendance

The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.” 


For information: Office of Interdeisciplinary Programs 610-758-3996 or incasip@lehigh.edu

Co-sponsored by: The Pride Center and Office of Gender Violence Education and Support