Family support: educational resources for families of gender diverse children

This project will fill a perceived need that CCE Suffolk has in parent education programming. The intern will research and develop a program and related materials that support families with gender diverse children. This program will help parents gain deeper understanding and learn how to best support their child in ways that will help them feel accepted and thrive in today's world. Research indicates that family acceptance and strong parental support is critical to a gender diverse child's wellbeing.

If successful this project will result in a comprehensive educational program that will strengthen families, increase knowledge and acceptance as well as lead to better outcomes for gender diverse youth.

Roles and responsibilities 

The intern will be responsible for researching best practices in the field for supporting families with gender diverse children and creating a body of knowledge in order to plan and develop programming. We anticipate the intern will take ownership for all aspects of program development including research, creating teaching, promotional, and supporting materials, designing an evaluation tool and training staff. Additionally the intern may assist with collaborating with local organizations and schools, developing social media resources and scripting an original podcast.

Qualifications and previous coursework

This opportunity is available to students in Cornell University's College of Human Ecology.

Applicants should have completed coursework in Human Development and Family Studies. Ideally applicants have an academic or personal interest in gender studies.

Learning outcomes 

The student intern will have the opportunity to learn the entire process of program development from research to evaluation. Additionally the student intern will learn how to turn research into relatable educational materials and hands on activities that parents can use and apply to their own families.