Date: June 12 2021 Sat
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST
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Q & A
AFFIRMING LGBTQ+ YOUTH
& SUPPORTING FAMILIES
Join our community for an interactive workshop to bolster
support for youth who identify as LGBTQ+.
Learn about gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and
the resources available to ensure youth and their families
are well supported AND connected in their identities and experiences.
This workshop is for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.
Topics discussed will include mental health, experiences
of youth during COVID, and briefly touch on suicide and
Resources will be shared for those needing or those needing additional support.
James Shultis (they/them)
James is an out and proud trans activist, educator, & writer living in Western Massachusetts. Combining their passion for education and advocacy, James creates innovative trainings & provides support related to LGBTQ+ inclusivity for K-12 schools, universities, & orgs.
To learn more, visit: www.jamesshultis.com
James Shultis (they/them pronouns) is a community educator, advocate, & creative writer currently living in Western Massachusetts.
With a long history of working in community non-profits, & before that, as a youth advocate, James has combined their passion of education & advocacy together to create innovative trainings for K-12 schools, universities, & a wide array of agencies (from health providers to youth-serving ones).
You can check out their services page for additional info.
Aside from their work as a freelancer, James serves the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Children & Families as the Plans of Safe Care Coordinator for the Western Region. In this role, James provides support, training, and consultation to area office social workers & community based providers on issues related to substance exposed newborns & substance use.
Prior to that, James served the YWCA of Western Massachusetts as their Youth Project Director. In this role, James oversaw programming aimed at reducing instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, & stalking experienced by young people in Springfield, MA.
Before moving to Massachusetts, James served as Director of Programs at the Pride Center of the Capital Region, the country’s oldest, continuously running LGBTQIA+ community center located in Albany, NY. James also worked as the agency’s Youth Program Manager, where they provided oversight for all youth services including trainings for K-12 schools, leadership development, & supportive services aimed at improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth.
James is has served on a number of non-profit boards including but not limited to Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (Board Member, 2020-Present), GLSEN Massachusetts (Board Treasurer, 2017-Present), and GLSEN Upstate NY (Board Co-Chair, 2015-2017, & Board Member, 2013-2015).
In addition to this work, James also runs an LGBTQ+ seniors program through WestMass ElderCare; as well as facilitates groups for trans and nonbinary youth and their families/caregivers through Translate Gender.
James holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College (2010) & a BA in English Literature & Gender Studies from Hunter College (2008). Their work has appeared in print & online journals. See their publications page for features.
To drop James a friendly line, email is best ([email protected]).
Check James out on LinkedIn too.