Wild Child Conference Schedule

Guest Speaker – Amanda Erickson
Training Manager, Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Originally from Michigan, Amanda received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University before spending two years in the Peace Corps as a teacher trainer in the South Pacific.

Since moving to Columbus, she has spent most of her time in the nonprofit sector, including most recently at Planned Parenthood. She’s passionate about youth empowerment, feminism, travel, languages, and enjoys tending to her 61 houseplants!


9:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Agenda Includes Opening Discussion: Gender Messages Gender and Sexuality, the LGBTQIA Acronym Inappropriate Language vs. Affirming Language (including Pronouns 101) Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination and Experiences In and Out of School Risk Factors, Including Suicide Risk Cultivating Safe and Affirming Spaces, focusing on Visible Allyship Advocating for Youth Individually vs. Organizationally; Moving Forward Q&A and any further discussion.

Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will: – Understand terminology including gender identity and expression, and the LGBTQIA acronym – Identify specific areas for improvement individually and organizationally – Identify specific ways to improve (action steps) individually and organizationally