"Pathways to Gender Identity – A Service Framework to Foster Trans Youth's Personal Resilience to Change" is a proposal that utilizes service design frameworks to generate, facilitate, and advance the conversation about and exploration of gender identity in educational settings.
THE CONTEXT of this project is the complex multiplicity of gender identity, specifically the issues related to identity building for people with trans identities.
THE GOAL of this project is to foster youth‘s resilience to change by focusing on experiential, behavioral and environmental implications of new gender identites.
THE PROPOSED OUTCOME of this project is a set of tools that help teachers, university faculty, and students of all ages to engage in the complex gender conversation in ways outside of traditional training-frameworks. A guidebook, curriculum, class-plan, and conversation toolkit will be included within this proposal.
MOMENTS OF TRANSITION for youth within the education timeline were identified as suitable for a fruitful gender exploration through this service framework.
RESEARCH reveals that many resources for youth with trans identities are restricted to the academic/higher eduaction environment, only accessible for those with good education and financial fluidity. On the other hand, resources are provided mostly for urgency and acute need, when marginalized, often homeless trans youth seek help.
THE PEDAGOCIAL THEORY AND FRAMEWORK applied in this project... (... is TBD)