In recent years, there has been a significant influx of presence, awareness, change, and visibility within the topics of sexuality, gender identity and gender expression. As champions of girls and young women who are cisgender, transgender, non binary, and gender non-conforming, it is important for us to understand, practice, and implement measures to support them in exploring and honoring their gender identities and sexualities so that they can have agency and become powerful individuals.

Join us for a timely, new workshop series on Sexual Orientiation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) Affirming Approaches and Expansive Practices, in partnership with Alliance member One Circle Foundation and led by their Associate Director Kiku Johnson.

This hands-on, minds-on, highly interactive workshop series will provide:

  • A detailed guide to introduce and expand your understanding and knowledge of concepts, terminology and definitions
  • An affirming approach and expansive practices for supporting work with, responding to, and creating safety for all youth along the SOGIE spectra, with engagement on intersectionality, allyship, and bias
  • Opportunities to practice and apply these learnings with fellow participants, and learn together
  • Technical assistance to support introduction, navigation, and implementation in your organizations and/or personal relationships with young people and colleagues
  • A closing digital workshop to touch base, debrief, and share effective practices

This workshop series aims to provide a safe space for all advocates and educators of young people interested in developing and strengthening fluency in the SOGIE spectra. We understand participants will have different access and starting points dependent on level of exposure and knowledge.

  Workshop Series Schedule
  Monday, May 23, 2019
  9:00am Check-In
  9:30am - 2:00pm Workshop
  In-Person Workshop
  Thursday, June 6, 2019
  12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Technical Assistance Session
  Thursday, June 27, 2019
  12:00pm - 1:00pm
  Final Digital Workshop

Morning coffee/tea and catered lunch will be provided at the in-person workshop.


About the Facilitator

Kiku Johnson HeadshotKiku Johnson
Associate Director
One Circle Foundation

Kiku has been invested in youth work since 1989 ranging from residential, treatment, prevention, out of school time, community-based, and youth development including educational non-profit organizations in California, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, and West Virginia. Twenty years were initially girl focused work with gender specific programing including outdoor and adventure-based education, science-technology-engineering-math (STEM), college and career preparation and internship placement, rites of passage, and social emotional learning (SEL). Kiku served previously as the Girls Leadership National Program Director centering on SEL and educational theater curriculum and educator training. Kiku has also been a residential counselor with pregnant and parenting teen girls and worked with organizations including 4-H and Girls Incorporated. Kiku’s gender-transcended approach to working with youth and all individuals is culturally informed, responsive, and human centered. As a Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellow, Kiku has focused work developing a national Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) training. Kiku hails from a visual arts background engaging art mediums including photography, drawing, stained glass and mosaics with youth. Kiku resides in East Oakland, California since 2004 with an equally rock star partner who also works with elementary, middle, and high school age youth!

This workshop is $95 for non-members. Members receive one free registration and 30% off subsequent registrations. Email Kailin at for the members-only promo code. Not a member? Join us! 

If you have any accommodation needs, please let us know at least 48 hours prior to the workshop. We'll make every effort to provide them. 

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) Affirming Approach and Expansive Practices

  • Thursday May 23 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Thursday June 06 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Thursday June 27 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • 1203 Preservation Park Way
    United States