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Creating a Juvenile Justice LGBTQ Task Force

The Role of the Task Force

1. Although some goals might change once the task force convenes and everyone begins submitting their input, it is important to have an initial goal in mind before setting up meetings with stakeholders.

A. True

B. False


Intersecting Identities

2. If the goal of the task force is to improve the treatment of all LGBTQ and GNC youth in the county’s juvenile facilities, the other identities of the target population should not be incorporated due to increased risk of further marginalizing certain members.

A. True

B. False


3. While it is impossible to meet every need of each youth’s intersecting identities, identifying _______ demographics to consistently contemplate throughout the process is needed.

A. 1 to 2

B. 2 to 4

C. 3 to 5

D. 4 to 6


4. In addition to a youth’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, it is crucial for one of the demographics of focus to be:

A. Socioeconomic status

B. Race

C. Religious affiliation

D. None of the above


5. It is critical for task force members to:

A. Understand that straight and cisgender communities of color are not more rejecting of their youth.

B. Remember that LGBTQ and GNC youth of color may experience discrimination and rejection in predominately White LGBTQ community centers and programs.

C. Ensure that LGBTQ individuals of color are reflected in the leadership of the task force so that White LGBTQ voices do not overpower those of color.

D. All of the above.


Recruitment and Retention

6. Given that many faith-based organizations provide crucial services, especially in communities of color, their participation is vital.

A. True

B. False


7. Prior to beginning any work, an agreement, which may or may not be in writing, should be in place with the probation department, or the appropriate juvenile justice agency, to convene and facilitate the task force.

A. True

B. False


8. Which of the following are important to include in the task force?

A. LGBTQ and GNC youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system.

B. Straight youth who have been privy to the treatment of LGBTQ and GNC youth in the juvenile justice system.

C. Cisgender youth who have been privy to the treatment of LGBTQ and GNC youth in the juvenile justice system.

D. All of the above.


Facilitating the Task Force

9. The first task force meeting should begin with introductions that include each of the following, except:

A. Name

B. Educational background

C. Agency / organization

D. Preferred gender pronoun(s)


10. Each of the following should be carried out with regard to task force meetings, except for:

A. Large groups allow for more substantive discussion than can occur in the small-group setting within the meeting’s timeframe.

B. It is best to arrange the tables in a U-shape or a square so that everyone can see each other.

C. Depending on meeting times, task force members should be offered breakfast, lunch, or light refreshments at every meeting.

D. Placecards with individual and agency names should be supplied for every meeting, at least until everyone knows each other’s names.


Drafting a Comprehensive Policy

11. It is important to ensure that whatever policies are adopted are in compliance with applicable laws and state regulations, which typically provide the “ceiling” of rights and protections provided to individuals.

A. True

B. False


12. Any policy that is adopted should include training requirements and the task force should discuss a training schedule and trainer qualifications.

A. True

B. False


Challenges Within and Outside of the Task Force

13. While support from line staff is critical to initiating and moving the process forward, it is senior management who will have, on a daily basis, the bulk of responsibility in implementing and enforcing the changes the task force is seeking.

A. True

B. False


14. It may be difficult to obtain consistent youth participation depending on which of the following factors?

A. The location of the meetings and whether or not the youth has transportation.

B. The time and day and whether or not it conflicts with school or work.

C. The youth’s ability to speak up at a meeting consisting mostly of authority figures.

D. All of the above.


Policy Implementation

15. Each of the following are recommendations with regard to policy implementation, except:

A. No more than 10 people be trained at a time.

B. A manager or supervisor be present at each training.

C. The titles and positions of managers / supervisors be mixed.

E. The trainings be accompanied by post-training “coaching” or technical assistance.


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