What is SOGI YAC?
SOGI YAC is a group of local leaders and advocates who want to use their cross-system influence to build a more safe and affirming community for youth in the Great Lakes Bay Region (note: the organization was originally named “Saginaw County SOGI YAC” but dropped Saginaw County to include our regional representation and dedication to serving all youth in the Great Lakes Bay Area). Members include representatives from LGBTQ+ advocacy and support groups, mental health, schools, colleges/universities, the faith community, juvenile justice, child welfare, health care, and families.
How Was SOGI YAC Formed?
WHAT DOES SOGI YAC DO?
SOGI YAC serves as a resource-sharing consortium and advisory council. SOGI YAC has supported a number of projects including an ongoing data collection project focused on defining the needs of local LGBTQ+ youth and their caregivers; the development of a School Policy Guide for K-12 educators; and training for system partners (to date, over 200 local professionals have received training in SOGI topics). SOGI YAC authored several virtual toolkits that can be used by parents and youth as a support and to point individuals and families to resources. These toolkits can be downloaded from the SOGI YAC website.