Queer Youth Updates

A weekly e-newsletter resource for Queer/Ally Youth of Santa Cruz County. A program of the Safe Schools Project.

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Santa Cruz County “Creating Change” Youth Delegate Program

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The Queer Youth Task Force is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 CreatingChange Youth Delegate Project. The project aims to bring 2-4 Queer youth leaders to the Creating Change conference in Washington, D.C. from January 22nd-28th. We are asking for your help to identify and encourage student leaders to apply for this phenomenal opportunity.  Applications Due: October 20 The Creating Change conference is the largest annual gathering of LGBT activists, organizers, and leaders in the United States. While this … [Read more...]

Spring 2016 Queer Youth Calendar

2016 Calendar

For more details and links about the events please visit the Spring 2016 Queer Youth Calendar. … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Diversity Center Youth Program’s Queer Youth Weekly Meet-Ups [Every Friday & Saturday]

Watsonville Queer Youth Meet-up When: Fridays 3:30pm - 6pmWhere:  First Christian Church in Watsonville Santa Cruz Queer Youth Meet-up When:  Saturdays 1pm - 3:00pmWhere:  Diversity Center in Santa Cruz Queer Youth Leadership Meet-Up When: Saturdays 3pm - 3:30pmWhere:  Diversity Center in Santa Cruz For more information contact the LGBTQ Youth Program at (831) 425 - 5422 x104 or email youth@diversitycenter.org … [Read more...]

[Reminder] The Diversity Center Youth Program Presents: Breaking the Silence Rally!

Join youth across the county in breaking the silence after Day of Silence. There will be poets, musicians, and speakers throughout the event. ***CALL OUT for youth speakers and performers for this event is ongoing! Youth poets, activists, bands, etc. interested in performing at this rally can email youth@diversitycenter.org to sign up.*** When: Friday, April 15th, 2016 @ 4pm - 6:30pm Where:  Santa Cruz Clock Tower For more information contact: youth@diversitycenter.org or call (831) 425 - 5422 … [Read more...]

Queer & Ally Student Summit 2016: Ensuring Healthy Relationships Across the Spectrum, March 19

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Ensuring Healthy Relationships Across the Spectrum Saturday, March 19th, 2016 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Scotts Valley High School, Scotts Valley All Middle School & High School LGBTIQ/Ally Students welcome! Meet students throughout Santa Cruz County — from Scotts Valley to Watsonville — who are working to help create safer schools in their community! Lunch and Snacks Provided Experience workshops put on by fellow youth and community resources. Meet LGBTIQ/Ally Community Leaders Fruit Smoothie Party and more Register now … [Read more...]

Diversity Center Youth Program’s Queer Youth Weekly Meet-Ups [Every Friday & Saturday]

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Watsonville Queer Youth Meet-up When: Fridays 3:30pm - 6pmWhere:  First Christian Church in WatsonvilleUpcoming:Poetry Workshop with guest facilitator Emma Garcia on February 26thHealthy Relationships 101 Workshop on March 4 - Flyer Attached Santa Cruz Queer Youth Meet-up When:  Saturdays 1pm - 3:00pmWhere:  Diversity Center in Santa CruzUpcoming:Healthy Relationships 101 Workshop on March 4 - Flyer Attached Queer Youth Leadership Meet-Up When: Saturdays 3pm - 3:30pmWhere:  Diversity Center in Santa Cruz For more … [Read more...]

[Reminder] QYLA Youth Talent & MC Auditions, Feb 20, 2016

2016 QYLA Talent and MC Auditions

The 19th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards is looking for three youth or group performances and two youth MCs for the show taking place on May 7, 2016. Do you sing? Do you dance? Do you play an instrument? Please contact us for available times to audition:  (831) 427-4004 or talent@QYLA.org When: Auditions to be held on Saturday, February 20th Where: Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz … [Read more...]

[Reminder] “Queer Youth Art Project – Identity and the Self-Portrait” Presented by The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County’s Youth Program and The Santa Cruz Art League

Have FUN with your queer peers learning drawing techniques that will help you express your beautiful self! There will be gallery showings across Santa Cruz County including at the Queer Youth Leadership Awards! Email Tate at youth@diversitycenter.org to get signed up. Next Class: Sunday, December 20th, 2015 @ 12:30pm-3:30pm Where:  Santa Cruz Art League 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060** … [Read more...]

[Reminder] Calling All Teen Artists! Sell Your Art at the Subjects to Change Winter Art Market! Submissions Due November 30

Make art? Make crafts? Wanna sell it? - SELL YOUR STUFF AT OUR WINTER ART MARKET! How? Email: subjectstochange@santacruzmah.org by November 30th with you name, grade, school, statement about your artwork & 3 - 5 images of what you plan to sell! (NOTE: since it's the holiday season, we recommend giftable items...like cards, buttons, hats, bags, etc.) For more information see attached flyer! … [Read more...]

[Reminder] GSA Network’s 11th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES), November 21, SF

YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans* and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led. Our theme this year is"#BlackTransLivesMatter Solidarity." The day includes: workshops, drag show, resource fair, and dance, plus free HIV testing. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided. When: Saturday, November 21st, 2015 @ 9am - 8:30pm Where: O’Connell (John) High, 2355 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA … [Read more...]