Trainings for Youth-Serving Professionals

Step In, Speak Up!


Step In, Speak Up! is a 30-minute online interactive training program that helps adults understand the challenges that LGBTQ youth in grades 6-12 face, giving them a chance to practice techniques for creating a safer and more supportive environments. School personnel and other youth-serving adults who complete the training will build skills to:

  • Recognize the needs and obstacles of high-risk student populations such as LGBTQ youth
  • Promote a “safe space” for all students with effective classroom management techniques
  • Initiate a conversation with a student about sensitive topics, such as bullying
  • Know when and how to ask a student if they are thinking about suicide

Throughout Step In, Speak Up!, users assume the role of a teacher and engage in role-play conversation with fully-animated, emotionally-responsive virtual students. Both during and after each conversation, users receive personalized feedback based on their performance. Step In, Speak Up!  is listed in the AFSP/SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.  

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Access This Training

These affordable online courses can be purchased through the Kognito Interactive online store.

Find out how to obtain licenses for Step In, Speak Up! for your institution by contacting Kognito directly at [email protected] or 212-675-9234.

Step In, Speak Up! is the result of a collaboration among The Trevor Project and Kognito Interactive.