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Updated September 13, 2017 6:35 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BLOOMFIELD) - A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.

With the ever-evolving landscape surrounding sexual- and gender-minority youth, the adults who work with these young people need to understand the challenges they face.

The Indiana Youth Institute and Purdue Extension Greene County are teaming up to help caring adults better understand the experiences of the young people with whom they work. The event will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 22 at the Greene County Community Event Center, 4503 West State Road 54 in Bloomfield.

Laura Ingram, an adolescent therapist with Bloomington PRIDE's Prism Youth Community, will moderate a discussion with a panel of young people from the LGBTQ+ community. Attendees will learn about key terms, gender variance and how to work with gender non-conforming youth. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their questions with the youth panel.

As part of IYI's Youth Worker Café program, the seminar and lunch are free, but reservations are required. RSVP at If you have trouble with the link, please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at For more information on the event, contact IYI's Southwest Indiana Outreach Manager Joe Shrode at

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children.

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