Training program

Northern Suburbs YMCA staff participate in Lurie Children’s Hospital gender training program


As the North Suburb YMCA responds to the changing social needs of the community through its core values ​​of support, inclusion and positive impact, a group of Y staff members recently attended a comprehensive workshop on gender training. The “Gender 101” workshop was facilitated by staff from the Potocsnak Adolescent and Young Adult Family Medicine Division of Lurie Children’s Hospital. the community of Y.

Kathy Fielding, CEO of the YMCA North Suburban, noted that the training helped the Y support its commitment to “inclusion for all” by educating its staff on gender issues in the community. “We are very grateful for this comprehensive gender training. Lurie’s team provided a variety of techniques important to LGBTQ + inclusion and provided staff with essential tips to help protect children and young adults from bullying and harassment. “

The advocacy, education and awareness work of the Potocsnak Adolescent and Young Adult Family Medicine Division of Lurie Children’s Hospital has led to crucial advances in transgender rights in schools, community organizations, the system. Illinois Medicaid and the Legal System.

“As it has done for most of the past decade, Lurie Children’s remains fully committed to meeting the needs of transgender and non-binary youth, young adults and their families, and is pleased to have provided this training to our friends at NSYMCA to expand reception spaces for these young people, ”said Hadeis Safi, Manager of Community Programs and Initiatives at the Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine in Potocsnak.

The North Suburban was selected as the winner of the first Daily Herald Diversity in Business Awards. The awards recognize companies that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting practices that advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace, in corporate leadership, and that strengthen equality in all areas. diversity, including age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.

“Our goal is to offer rewarding programs and tools that help our community become healthier, more connected and more confident, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and develop. flourish, ”Fielding added.

For more information or to get involved with NSYMCA, contact Kim Nyren, Director of Community Investment at [email protected]

About the North Suburbs YMCA

The North Suburban YMCA serves Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income or background , has the opportunity to learn, grow and flourish. . The NSYMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is a charitable, inclusive and welcoming organization for all in our community. Learn more at


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