• Educational Success
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Safety and Resilience

Format: Project-Based

This session will invite participants to examine concrete steps their organizations can take to support youth with unique strengths and needs.Participants will learn why this is a vital step for their work and growth, how their organizations can commit to a learning process, and what outcomes one would expect to see for diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) youth's safety, well-being, placement stability, and permanency.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to assess their team and agencies for strengths and areas of growth related to working with diverse SOGIE youth
  • How to consider asking people your agency serves about SOGIE in comprehensive intakes
  • How to develop standards related to inter- and intra-agency referrals when staff does not have competency related to supporting LGBTQ identity


  • Jessie Fullenkamp, education and evaluation director, Ruth Ellis Center

Jessie Fullenkamp, LMSW
Education and Evaluation Director
Ruth Ellis Center

Jessie Fullenkamp, LMSW, director of education and evaluation, joined the Ruth Ellis Center in 2010.She led the development and implementation of the first Medicaid billable, LGBTQ youth specific community mental health services in the state of Michigan.Additionally, Fullenkamp directed leadership and advocacy, transgender health, and street outreach programs. In her current role, she directs education and evaluation focused on increasing health and safety with diverse SOGIE youth.Fullenkamp has been instrumental in implementing positive youth development, harm reduction, transformative justice, and trauma-informed care at the agency. She studied in Kumasi, Ghana and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Xavier University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Fullenkamp lived and worked on the island of Weno in the Federated States of Micronesia focusing on education, HIV, and women's issues. In 2016, she was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work.