Issue 3, 2010 re (ri) n. 1. anew, again vision (vizh‘e n) n. 1. the manner in which one sees or conceives of something The Source For Knowledge On Gender & Orientation Liberation and Change Taking Hold in Colombia broadened the reach of our work as priests returned with their wives and colleagues. Over half of this year’s participants were women, and it was apparent the conversation has now firmly entered the family circle. Other community leaders in the room included the Lieutenant Colonel of the Colombian Police Department, the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Senator of Indigenous People, and several distinguished attorneys. YES staff with new friends in Bogotá, Colombia. YES recently made a second trip to Bogotá, Episcopal Bishop of Colombia, paved a path for Colombia to continue an unprecedented clergy, their families, and community leaders to conversation on gender and orientation with participate through his commitment to creating people throughout Latin America. Bishop a unified country. Francisco Duque-Gómez, the Presiding Last year, participants were mainly male priests from small villages and distant cities. This visit “ I will share everything I learned with my family back home. I’m ready to practice my new communication skills and build stronger relationships, especially with my children. “ Participants in Essentials of Orientation. Years of silence, denial, and invisibility created an immense fear for people and stopped them from sharing authentically. As participants reflected on the life and death consequences surrounding gender and orientation, people started to speak - Course Participant Priests participating in Communication Solutions™. Education Week Inspires, Transforms a Global Audience Participants from Colombia, Panama, Italy, With over 50 Australia, and throughout the U.S. came to participants and experience the first completely bilingual YES volunteers, our course Education Week. Thanks to the tireless efforts of room reached full volunteers and YES supporters, our entire capacity for YES’ curriculum of courses and materials has been hallmark course, translated into Spanish. Communication “ Solutions™. Young I have new tools and language to sharpen my organization’s mission statement and establish a tone of optimism and certainty for our team. “ people took center stage to practice their new communication Participants in Communication Solutions™ at YES Institute. skills. around producing results and generating As they shared their struggles to simply be effective action. One participant shared, “This themselves, everyone in the room was moved and Education week began with “Leadership In course is valuable to everyone because it offers inspired by their courage. Action,” a course designed for both established real-world solutions that are easy to understand and emerging leaders. The course is focused and implement at every level of leadership.” - Caroline Lewis, Educator and Entrepreneur, Participant in Leadership In Action These programs are made possible by your generosity. To participate in keeping all youth safe, visit www.yesinstitute.org and learn more. A speaker practices during Communication Solutions™. Receiving two ReVision newsletters? Please contact: [email protected] or 305-663-7195, ext. 1113 New Guidelines Invite Education for Law Enforcement “ Today, the hard shell that I put around my heart to protect myself broke open. Now I feel like it’s safe to love the people in my life again. This course has changed my life. “ - Middle School Student With the implementation of new guidelines for changing one’s gender on U.S. Passports, leaders at U.S. Customs and Border Protection A staffer from a local nonprofit shared, “I was taught that if I just fought hard enough, I would always win. Now I see that all I’ve done is make Andy, with his mother Denice and sister Liz, during the Gender and Orientation Series at YES Institute. (CBP) recognized a need to provide education for their employees. CBP invited YES Institute to facilitate a dialogue for 60 CBP myself, and others, exhausted! Now I have a new choice, and I’m giving myself permission to her daughter Liz, shared, “This course has greatly officers on gender and orientation to finally put down my sword.” impacted my life. I am taking with me not only familiarize them with the information they information, but a new world in which me and need to do their jobs in this changing world. For many participants, the Gender and my family will make a difference. Thank you for Orientation Series was the first opportunity to your excellent work.” discuss these topics openly and without fear. A religious leader from a town in Colombia said, “If you are discovered as gay, you are killed. It isn’t safe to even talk about orientation or you will become a target.” Families from across the state of Florida came to YES to participate in this course. Denice, who came with her son, former YES intern Andy, and “ The violence perpetrated against youth who identify as gay and transgender could be erased if this education was experienced in our schools, churches, and families. “ - Course Participant Communication Turns the Globe The June Communication Solutions™ course Prior to our visit, the only times these subjects brought new friends from Australia, Kenya, were mentioned were as insults and Venezuela, and South Africa. They spoke of harassing humor. The self-report post- the global relevance and urgency of YES evaluation revealed that 1 in 4 officers education on communication, gender, and witness co-workers using “anti-gay” verbal orientation. slurs on a weekly or daily basis. Youth leaders courageously practiced the model of communication, eager to finally be heard. “Thank you YES for showing me that I Miami-Dade County Public School teachers in Communication Solutions™. don’t need to be afraid! I feel like myself Damien, a middle school student wise again,” shared Athan, a college student from beyond his years, said, “Being ‘right’ does not South Africa. change anything. Life is a lot easier when you don’t make everything about the right “ As a student from Kenya, I feel it’s my responsibility to come to YES and go back to share this education with as many people as possible in my country. “ - Student, University of Miami - Customs Agent With such a diverse audience, there were YES speaker Lorenzo, a Miami Dade County many unique perspectives in the room. “I Police Officer, spoke about the reactions of want to learn how to communicate effectively his family when they learned his orientation. so I can contribute more to my students,” said Lorenzo’s sharing gave the CBP officers the an elementary school teacher from Miami- opportunity to open up and share their own Dade County. Officer Lorenzo of the Miami experiences of gender and orientation at given me a way to feel powerful without my badge and my gun.” their jobs and in their homes. The posturing and bravado faded once they began speaking openly. What was left was a rare “ We went from being a desperate family in a catastrophic crisis to a family full of hope. To see my son happy, and get up and speak in front of the room was a moving experience for me, and I know it was empowering for him. 2 “ answer.” Beach Police Department added, “YES has A participant practices the YES model of communication. “ This is something I see everyday... we have to do a better job of communicating with each other in a way that shows respect, not discrimination. “ -Parent, Broward County, FL opportunity for honest dialogue about things that impact the lives of these officers every day. “ The culture of law enforcement is all about being a ‘real man.’ You have to talk about women, guns, beer, and cars to avoid being teased. - Customs Agent “ Kiaora Society Membership Kiaora Society Kiaora Society members donate $1,000 or more to YES Institute annually. We are grateful to Visionary Thomas Blount for For the past 14 years, YES Institute’s Kiaora Society increasing his contribution to YES Institute in of donors has formed the lifeblood of our work. support of the expansion of our programs in Ninety-two percent of every dollar directly Spanish. His enduring generosity continues to supports our educational programs in the create new possibilities and partnerships with community, allowing us to take our work where it Spanish-speaking communities across the is most needed. For information about joining our Kiaora Society, We welcome and thank a new Kiaora or to structure your contribution, please contact Champion, who wishes to remain anonymous, Eva at 786-301-3940 or [email protected] for a contribution to the Doug DeBoer Memorial Fund. We thank Howard Kurzweil for his continued commitment to the work of YES in honor of one of our dearest friends and Luminary $25,000 or more Joseph Blount Ed McAmis & Gerson González Thomas Blount Tim Gill & Scott Miller Timo Kipp Jonathan & Tina Kislak F. Lynn Leverett Adam Lewis Daniel Lewis Peter Lewis Toby Lewis Paula Morabito & María M. Yip Hon. Katy Sorenson Champion $5,000 or more Howard’s partner of many years, the late Doug Erik Alonso/R&S Community Mental Health Colson Hicks Edison Mel Heifetz Millares, Inc. Raymond Jungles Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Renwick Joseph Serrins Jon Stryker Charlie Urstadt Walid Wahab/William Brown Construction Anonymous Donor Anonymous Donor DeBoer. We welcome long time friends Coral Gables Congregational Church who, through their foundation, continue to support YES educational programs. Leader $2,500 or more We thank Leader Kevin Miller for once again renewing his commitment to YES. We also thank Ivy Lewis, Larry Luing and the Larry L. Luing Family Foundation, Lane Park, Lee for renewing their commitment to the work of Jonathan Lewis Rev. Marta S. Weeks Visionary $10,000 or more country and throughout Latin America. Schrager, Rachel Sottile, and Joseph Zolobczuk Philanthropist $150,000 or more Laurie Hafner and Peter McDougal from the Coral Gables Congregational church present a check to YES Executive Director Rachel Sottile and Eva Leivas-Andino, CFO. YES at the Mentor level. Dear Friends, It is the extraordinary commitment of our Kiaora Society donors that gives us the freedom to create groundbreaking courses on gender and orientation. Now the power of our education is reaching beyond South Florida and into Latin America. We thank the many Kiaora members who have structured their contributions as multi-year pledges, and those who have added Planned Giving. Such long term commitments allow YES to stay cutting edge and grow regardless of the funding priorities of standard foundations. Over 60% of our budget is met by the inspiring generosity of Kiaora members whose pledges sustain the work we do to keep youth safe. We thank you, and we are very proud of you. A big hug to all !!!!! - Eva Leivas-Andino, CFO Emerging Leaders Broaden Impact Bishop Duque-Gómez leads a panel discussion and incorporates YES education. Every major religion is grappling in some way Duque-Gómez shared key concepts from YES with the impact of gender and orientation, as Institute’s educational courses and presented these topics affect everyone within every faith slides from YES Institute's curriculum. Maria Alonso & Alex Montague Douglas DeBoer & Howard Kurzweil Tony DiLucia Thomas Gellman & Carlos Yudica Jahn & Christie Kirchoff Kevin Miller & Allan Hunter José Luis Peré Russell Tolley Mentor $1,000 or more Dr. Patrick Abuzeni & Angela Patt José Alonso Connie Barden Garry Bevel Tim & Meredith Birrittella Sam Blum David Castillo Bruce A. Christensen David B. Cole John M. Cooney & Julio Fernandez Carlos Cuartas & Jim O’Connor Olga & Ignacio del Valle David & Madelaine Doyle Virginia Dunn & Jackie Cartier Martha Fugate Randall R. Gluss Walter F. Goodman & Robert A. Flanders Eric T. Gottlieb Barbara T. Gray Chad Griffin James Gross & Justin Bolinger Marty Harris & Nikki Korval Jeri Jenkins Robert Johnson & Layne Tidwell Douglas Kinsley & Gabriel Pou Joseph M. Kraus & Joe Martin Ellen L. Leesfield & Pamela Perry Eva Leivas-Andino Ivy Lewis Larry Luing & Dario Espinosa Ralph Lutrin & Alan Lewis Nancy P. Magoon Michael W. & Diana B. Maler Dr. John J. Martin, Jr. & Forrest McSurdy Humberto Mata & Maximiliano Novoa Dean Mealy & Peter Barbatis Richard Milstein & Eric Hankin Robert Oldakowski & Luis Mendoza Lane W. Park Luis Guillermo Pons Scott Prosan June Raben Karen Raben & Andrea Pernick Gordon Rhodes Janet M. Rosel Bill Ross Howard Perry Rothberg II & Paul A. Scolieri-Rothberg Don Sadler Scott Sasich Juan Carlos Sagrera Janice & Howard Scholl Lee Schrager Esther Schumann David Schwarz Mark Scott & Joseph Falk Richard Shannon Hortensia V. Soriano Roxy-Cary Sora John & Ann Sottile Gary B. Stross Mike Syers Thomas Taylor Cynthia & Emilio Vázquez Laura White Carol & Ed Williamson Trae Williamson Patricia Woodson Mel Wymore Mark Zampella Joseph M. Zolobczuk Foundations & Corporations community. Bishop Duque-Gómez writes, “We want to Leaders from an array of faiths, including Islam, infinitely thank you for the shift in consciousness Anglican, Roman Catholic and Judaism sought that you have generated among us regarding a guidance from our partner Bishop Francisco community we have misunderstood for many Duque-Gómez, Presiding Episcopal Bishop of years. Today we have new horizons and tools to Colombia, after learning about his work with continue working.” Bank of America The Children’s Trust Coconut Grove Bank Dade Community Foundation Dennis Edwards & Mark Steinberg Foundation Ernst & Young LLP Gill Foundation Kiwanis Club of Key Biscayne Lawrence R. Hyer Fund at Dade Community Foundation Osiason Educational Fund Ruth Anderson Foundation Vega & Oprandi YES Institute. For the presentation, Bishop 3 305-663-7195 www.yesinstitute.org Vision A community in which all youth develop as healthy individuals free of suicide, violence, and discrimination. Connie Barden, RN, MSN, CCRN, Chair José Luis Peré, Vice Chair Emilio Vazquez, Treasurer Karen Raben, MD, Secretary Garry Bevel, Esq. Randall Gluss, JD Jahn Kirchoff Bill Ross, MBA Scott Sasich Martha Fugate and YES volunteer Luis Ottley take quetsions from participants in Bogota, Colombia. Bishop Duque-Gómez convened all parish priests for the YES training, leaving every Episcopal church in Colombia without a priest the Sunday of our visit. His leadership and commitment resounds as he continues to invite “more institutions, schools, universities, community organizers, youth, and parents to have access to the education so that they too can have the tools to continue working for the safety of all our youth.” anything!” Associate Vicar Juan Carlos Restrepo and several others asked to be trained as YES course leaders so they can continue to bring the work of YES to their communities in Colombia. Within days, 3 obtained visas, purchased airline tickets, and traveled to YES Institute for five days of courses during Summer Education Week. Others, unable to make the trip, volunteered to translate presentations and course materials into Spanish. am right. After today, I will be able to handle to find their own solutions without convincing them I to listen and through communication, allow others stereotypes. One participant exclaimed, “I learned - Linda Greenhouse openly about their own judgements and Knowledge can change “perceptions, which in turn can change reality.“ Issue 3, 2010 5275 Sunset Drive Miami, FL 33143 www.yesinstitute.org Non Profit Org US Postage Paid Boca Raton FL Permit No. 1767 Board of Directors Miami Children’s Hospital How can I help a patient who just tried to commit suicide? Could my patient be transgender? How do I ask patients about their orientation? What can I do to keep children safe and stop hurting Mission To prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation. Statistics • 50% of elementary & middle school bullying incidents are based on gender and orientation slurs. • 80% of high school youth harassed as gay actually identify as heterosexual. • Youth who identify as gay or lesbian, and are rejected by families, are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide. • 32% suicide rate for youth identifying as transgender. Research citations: www.yesinstitute.org/resources/statistics.pdf Staff Rachel Sottile, MS, Executive Director Ext. 1122 [email protected] Martha Fugate, Founding Director Ext. 1111 [email protected] Bishop James Ottley, D.Div., Global Education Ext. 1123 [email protected] Eva Leivas-Andino, Chief Financial Officer Ext. 1114 [email protected] Joseph Zolobczuk, BPA, Education & Production Ext. 1112 [email protected] Brittney Hoffman, MA, Program Coordinator Ext. 1121 [email protected] Tim Wagoner, Technology Services Ext. 1113 [email protected] Accreditations YES courses are accredited to provide continuing education for Florida mental health and nursing professionals, and professional development points for MDCPS employees. themselves? These are only a few of the questions psychologists, psychiatrists, and medical professionals at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) had for YES Institute facilitators during a presentation in July. “ After today, I am considering changing my doctoral dissertation topic and conducting more research on gender and orientation. “ - Intern, Miami Children’s Hospital For MCH staff, the dialogue was eye opening. “I had no idea that gender can become an issue for children at such an early age,” shared one psychotherapist. MCH has asked YES to come back in the Fall to train their incoming interns and psychology Subscribe to the YES Institute Podcast on iTunes® or go to: www.yesinstitute.org/podcast See where we’ve been and who we’ve reached in recent months. Our podcasts include footage from YES Institute presentations and interviews with participants. 4 practicum students. Dr. Rosen, a psychiatrist at MCH, has also expressed an interest in providing this information for MCH physicians. Several of the participants attended our Summer Education Week to experience our full curriculum of courses.
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