The following services and resources are available to Maine schools. Click on the thumbnails to request a service or resource.

Please email: education@outmaine.org, 800-530-6997 with questions.

School Support Circle

Meets on Zoom, FREE to attend!

GSTAs

How to start a GSTA, online support group, resources, and more!

Live Training for Schools

In-person and online options.

School support circle

School Support Circle

First Thursday of the Month
3:00-4:00 PM on Zoom

The School Support Circle is an opportunity for any school staff to find support, brainstorm new ideas, problem solve, & connect with OUT Maine and each other.

Feel free to join each month or just once.

Note: this is a collaborative space, not an OUT Maine training.

Policies & Procedures

  • Review and recommend changes to school board policies to meet best practices and Maine law.

  • Review student guides and procedures to provide best practice guidance for supporting LGBTQ+ youth in schools.

  • Read and download the free guides below.

Student Education

Training for Youth: LGBTQ+ Vocab!

This 30-35 minute lesson is designed for youth and defines the most common identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. It also covers what it means to be an ally and shares local support resources.

Training for Youth: Gender & Sexuality

This 55-60 minute lesson is designed for youth and defines broad concepts as well as specific identities around gender and sexuality.  It discusses the importance of pronouns, how to combat gender stereotypes, what it means to be an ally, and how to find local support resources.

Training for Youth: LGBTQ+ History

In order to understand where we are as a society, it is important to know where we came from.  This lesson will cover highlights of LGBTQ+ history in the US from the mid-1800s to modern day.

Training for Youth: Custom Training

OUT Maine is happy to design a custom training tailored to your classroom, club or youth program’s needs and interests. Please reach out to us at education@outmaine.org to discuss!

Resources!

Free downloadable guides, lesson ideas, and book lists, plus free and discounted materials for your school and/or GSTA!

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Activity Guides

Activities for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Developed by OUT Maine.

GSTA Guides

Guides for both Middle and High School Gay Straight Trans Alliances.

Lesson Ideas

Lesson ideas by school subject.

Booklist

Suggested reading by grade-level with a focus on LGBTQ+ inclusive books.

School Kits

Free and discounted materials! Includes posters and current program fliers.

Download Program Fliers

Download fliers for current OUT Maine youth and family programs!

Download Poster Designs

Download one of our poster designs! Some posters are also available in our School Kits.

Building Welcoming and Inclusive Programs for LGBTQ+ Youth

Bangor Public Library

March 8th, 2023

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This intensive training is designed for anyone who works with youth. Participants will gain an understanding of LGBTQ+ terminology and issues, risk and protective factors, and current laws and rights. We will discuss best practices regarding pronoun usage, inclusive forms, and how to build welcoming, safe, and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth.

Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth & Families For Mental Health Providers & Other Direct Support Professionals

Bangor Public Library

March 9th, 2023

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This day-long training is for mental health providers, case managers, residential workers, school nurses, social workers, and any professional providing direct support for youth. This training is broken into four sections - an introduction of terminology, risk and protective factors, laws and rights, and an overview of best practices, followed by extensive sections focusing on the provider, direct support of youth, and navigating family systems.

This training is trauma-informed, strength-based, and offers CEUs. This training will be co-facilitated by Maura Oaks who is an LCPC and OUT Maine's Mental Health Coordinator, and August Sender who is OUT Maine's Training Coordinator and who has direct experience navigating the mental health services in Maine as a non-binary transgender individual.

Lunch, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. Attendance of the previous day's half-day training, or extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ youth is recommended - but not required - for this training.

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