Oregon Queer Youth Summit
The Oregon Queer Youth Summit is a conference held by and for queer & trans identified youth and their allies. It includes educational and recreational workshops on topics ranging from “Drag 101” to “GSA Management: Starting, Supporting & Sustaining.” These workshops are all facilitated by youth. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the summit at no cost.
OQYS is a chance for us LGBTQ youth and allies from all over Oregon to talk about what we are doing, what we want to do, and how we can get there. This is about making our schools safer and our communities more accepting. This is about youth supporting youth to make things better for everyone. OQYS is by youth, and for youth.
WHO CAN COME TO THE SUMMIT?
All youth ages 24 and under who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, interest, androgynous, questioning, and allies who care about them. You do not need to be “out” in order to participate.
OQYS focuses on youth under 18/middle & high school students, with some workshops relevant to older youth/college students. Youth from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, especially younger students, youth of color, trans teens, and students from small towns and rural areas.
Adult allies are welcome to attend and give their support through volunteering, co-leading youth-empowering workshops, and learning to work better with youth. Adults currently involved in supporting a specific group of youth (i.e. school staff acting as GSA co-facilitators coming with their students) are also welcome to attend to support those youth.
WHERE AND WHEN IS THE 2015 SUMMIT TAKING PLACE?
OQYS 2015 is still being organized and the date hasn’t been announced yet. Check the official OQYS website for the most current information. Get on their newsletter here to receive the most current information.