A True Colors Community Challenge is designed to train at least 200 individuals in a community on how to better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people experiencing homelessness. Our online course guides people toward cultural inclusivity in an interactive way – and at their own pace. Through short-form videos, articles, podcasts, and quizzes, we provide organizations with simple ways to create inclusive policies and procedures, while giving a baseline for LGBT issues and terminology so that everyone is on the same page. Best of all – it’s free!

Providing LGBT youth with inclusive and affirming services often requires a cultural shift at an organization. It’s crucial that all staff have a common understanding of LGBT inclusivity. From front line workers to facilities staff to administrators, every team member has the ability to make a positive impact on a young person’s life. In order for that to happen, every staff member needs to be prepared to fully support any young person who walks through the door. A Community Challenge is an initiative to train a set number of people in a set amount of time to meet this exact goal. It’s a fun, engaging way to get your staff motivated and create change at your organization quickly and efficiently. It’s important to note that a Community Challenge can be implemented within a single organization or amongst a network of organizations.

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