Raising the Bar for 2SLGBTQ+ Youth

Working with a diverse range of organizations and young people, Wisdom2Action (W2A) co-created two resources to support the effective implementation of 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion within youth serving organizations. This session will share the key takeaways from these resources and provide insights into how providers and youth can be champions for structural organizational change on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion. These resources articulate both a vision for 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in the youth serving sector and how we get there. The process articulated through this symposium will be of immense value to organizations that often struggle to meaningfully implement inclusion due to a lack of processes or roadmaps.

Presenters and slide deck

Fae Johnstone

Fae Johnstone (she/they) is a Principal Consultant with Wisdom2Action, based on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory. With Wisdom2Action, Fae leads community engagement, knowledge mobilization and capacity building initiatives related to 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion and Youth Mental Health. Last but certainly not least, Fae is known for her deep love of ferrets (she has 4) and her involvement with the Ferret Rescue Society of Ottawa.


Key Learnings

  • Systemic and institutional oppression are major factors that contribute to decreased health and well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
  • 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion needs to be implemented as a core policy, processes and practice.
  • Wisdom2Action will take an implementation-based approach to introducing new practices to an organization, helping to ensure changes stick.

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