Community Education

The Phoenix Center provides education on a variety of topics related to our mission. Presentations are available for junior and senior high school students, college students, civic groups, and professional in-service trainings.

LGBT: What You Need To Know

It is important that those working with LGBT youth understand what being gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender means, as well as understanding the issues specific to the population. Presentations for educators address all of these issues and more, including how to be a support or ally for those struggling with their sexual orientation.

If you are a direct service provider or work with the general public it is important to be educated and culturally aware. . What can you do to improve your workplace – to make it more LGBT friendly? Call us for a training for your staff or business

NOW AVAILABLE – 4 Continuing Education Credits

  • Oakton Community College, Alliance for Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education for Health Professionals has been approved as a sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Education for the following health professions: Licensed Social Worker/ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Professional Counselor / Clinical Professional Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Psychologist, Registered Nurse.
  • Continuing education credits will be available for the above professions as well as teacher credits from the IL State Board of Education and Universal Credits.


It has been over 30 years since the first diagnosed case of AIDS in the United States and, while this is completely preventable, there are nearly 50,000 newly diagnosed cases each year and there are over 1,000,000 people living in the US with HIV/AIDS. THEREFORE we need to educate.

The CDC reports that young people, ages 13-29 account for nearly 40% of new infections. Since young people should know how to protect themselves from HIV infection, the Phoenix Center offers basic HIV/AIDS education in area schools. Topics discused include:

  • risks and forms of transmission
  • why and when to get an HIV test
  • treatment of HIV/AIDS
  • sexually transmitted diseases & Hepatitis C (frequently a co-infection with HIV/AIDS)

Other training topics include transgender specific rights and laws, syringe exchange & overdose prevention, PrEP, Training is available for area professionals or anyone wanting to learn more.

To schedule a program, call Jonna at 217-528-5253.