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All aboard the learning train!

Sojourner House is EXTRA busy doing a ton of amazing trainings.

Got UR Game On? Conference
REGISTRATION ENDS THURSDAY AT 1PM
Friday, May 31st from 8:30am-4:15pm
Rhode Island College (RIC) @ Gaige Hall (600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.)
Cost is $20 (includes lunch), so register today & share this on Facebook

After a successful run in 2012, the Got UR Game On? Conference is back and bigger than before! Curious about what's going on in regards to sexual health and RI youth? Does the topic make you feel awkward, and you want to learn more about making those conversations go smoothly? Please join us for a conference/training to help improve the sexual health of Rhode Island’s youth. This conference is intended for any providers, educators, and other community leaders in Rhode Island to help them gain insights and improve their skills related to interacting with youth about sexual health issues. A special emphasis of the conference/training is to learn about current and emerging issues in sexual health, and the roles of culture and technology in young people’s lives.
 
With a keynote by Teri Aronowitz, NP, PhD, an afternoon of workshops from organizations like Youth Pride, Rhode Island for Community & Justice, the YWCA Rhode Island, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and more, this is an event you don't want to miss! Learn more on the Sojourner House blog. This event is a project of the RI HIV Prevention Coalition (and one of the co-chairs is our Sexual Health Advocate).

Educating and Engaging Teen Influencers (i.e. Parents, Older Teens, Coaches, Nurses)
June 5th from 2:00pm EST to 3:30pm (Online)
 
Kicking off the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Webinar Series, Christina Garcia (our Start Strong Manager and Prevention Specialist) will be speaking on this 90-minute webinar. This webinar series will offer participants the opportunity to hear directly from the on-the-ground implementers of the Start Strong model on each of the initiative’s core components. For this session, the focus will be on the adults and older teens in a young teen’s life, who can greatly influence their expectations and understanding of healthy relationships. Learn about key strategies sites used to reach these populations and make change in their communities. Register today! You can also learn more about Start Strong and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's initiative to promote healthy relationships by visiting their websites.

When the Rainbow Cracks: Intimate Partner Violence in the LGBTQ Community
June 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm
Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
821 W Shore Rd, Warwick, RI 02889, USA
Presented by Aida Manduley, Sexual Health Advocate

With the passage of an inclusive Violence Against Women Act, it's now more important than ever to make sure providers are competent in serving LGBTQ victims of violence. Even those who have not suffered at the hands of a same-sex partner face substantial barriers to service. At this training, participants will learn appropriate terminology when dealing with clients, and subtle ways oppression and -isms manifest in service delivery to this group. Additionally, they will learn what LGBTQ-specific tactics can be used by abusers and what unique barriers this community faces, as well as ways of dealing with them. By the end of this training, participants will have received actionable items to improve the environment at their respective agencies, and hopefully feel better prepared to serve LGBTQ victims who come to them for help. Stay tuned to the RICADV website for registration options!

Hate Crimes & Gender-Bias: What's the Connection?
Tentative date: June 24th from 9:00am-12:00pm (TBA)
Community College of RI (CCRI)

Because gender-bias is embedded into society, it can be difficult to figure out when a hate crime is specifically motivated by it. Join us to learn more about this issue and how to make correct decisions in the field! We will cover the FBI indicators, the difference between sex & gender, how we understand these issues socially, and how to respond when it comes time to consider if a crime was motivated (at least in part) by gender-bias. By the end of this training, participants will have a greater understanding of hate crimes motivated by gender-bias and what community resources are available to help law-enforcement as well as victims. While the intended audience is law-enforcement, all are welcome, but registration/advance notice is recommended. If you have any questions, you can contact Jodi Glass (jlglass53@aol.com) or Aida Manduley (amanduley@sojournerri.org). This is a collaborative presentation by the RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias, the RI Department of Public Safety, Healthy Family Initiatives, and Sojourner House.

The 100 Campaign was a success!

Thanks to all of you, we were able to raise $16,000 for our transitional housing program. Want to see our list of $100+ sponsors or find out what this campaign was all about? Visit the 100 Campaign section of our website! A huge thank you to all our amazing donors, and especially Dr. Pablo Rodriguez and the staff at Women's Care, who gave us our most generous gift for this campaign.

Grab a drink @ E&O's Sojo Benefit (6/7)

E & O Tap @ 289 Knight St, Providence from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Join Sojourner House supporters and West End neighbors on Friday night! Come have a beer, give a little, and start your weekend right.

Successful men's group gearing up for second session!

Sojourner House has long been interested in engaging underserved populations. In the DV world one such population is men. We are happy to share that this past spring, we started a support group for male survivors of domestic violence. Though small, the group was dedicated and completed an eight week course, which included psycho education on self-awareness and healthy relationships. The participants truly valued having a nonjudgmental space to voice their concerns with other men who have similar experiences. We look forward to continuing this group. Please call for more information or email jmccauley@sojournerri.org.

Our Masquerade Ball is coming Friday, Oct. 11

Voted among the “Best Halloween Parties in Rhode Island” by GoLocalProv.com in 2012, the Masquerade Ball is a creative semi-formal celebration where masks are encouraged. Join us in the beautiful Biltmore Hotel Grand Ballroom for life music and entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and specialty desserts, signature drinks, and a large silent auction. Want to snag tickets early? Buy them now at Early Bird prices!

Want to help prepare for our annual event? Please e-mail our Events Coordinator (kbergin@sojournerri.org) for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities or visit our website for more information.

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