programs + services

LGBTQ 101 + Trans 101

YPI offers a variety of LGBTQ trainings. We specialize in professional development trainings geared towards adult learners but we also go into schools and classrooms to speak with students. The two training courses we offer are LGBTQ 101 and Trans 101; each an hour and presented by one or two knowledgeable facilitators. During consultations, requestors can work with us to solidify the details of the training, get a better sense of what the training needs/goals are and can supplement additional information or topics you see fit/request. We want you to get the most from this training, so please let us know of any particular topics or issues you want addressed when connected with your trainer.


We will open a Training Request Form for individuals to formally request a training soon.


Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander intervention is built on the idea that we all play a role in creating safe public spaces for each other when we see our neighbors and community members facing bias, discrimination, or harassment. YPI can help you learn some of these important skills so we can better respond to these incidents and build a safer community for all.  


We will open a Training Request Form for individuals to formally request a training soon.



Overview of Training Guidelines:

-Trainings must be requested at least 4 weeks before the desired training date.

-We are offering in-person and virtual trainings, but will be keeping an eye on COVID numbers/data and reserve the right to reschedule an in-person training to virtual if an uptick in cases should occur around the time of the scheduled training.

-Each one hour training includes one half hour consultation.

-We do not allow recording of our trainings at this time.

-Trainings are available for scheduling Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-5pm.

-Payment is expected upon booking. A quote will be sent to you after completing our Training Request Form (will open in the coming months).


What if I can’t pay for the training? My organization does not have it in the budget for training.

If your nonprofit has a skills workshop or services to trade that YPI staff need, we will gladly present training in exchange for one of yours being presented to our staff.

Your organization can hold a fundraiser (in-person or virtual) to raise the funds to meet the facilitator fee or your organization can host a basic needs or gift card drive for our pantry before scheduling your workshop. Feel free to connect with us for some helpful tips. YPI is happy to include this fundraiser or drive with our networks. Fundraised monies and drive goods must be provided at the time of booking, the same as we would ask another organization to provide payment when booking.

Rush facilitates a quarterly Fundraising 101 workshop free of charge. Check the Events Tab to see when the next one is coming up.

Why can’t I record this training? I paid for it.

The training is YPI’s intellectual property. It is the result of research and expertise.

Sometimes people tell personal stories during the training. Recording our training does not help preserve the integrity of the learning space or build trust.

Training is a way YPI keeps the lights on and continue to do the work to make Rhode Island a safer place for LGBTQ+ people across the state. Please do not devalue the work of marginalized communities by going against our guidelines.