Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

The LGBTQ Center OC is excited to announce its upcoming 2024 LGBTQ Youth Convening, a no-cost youth conference that is organized and led by youth leaders from VIVID, a coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) student leaders and their allies focused on community action and engagement through a queer- and trans-inclusive lens.

This year’s theme is Every Shade Shines!

The 2024 LGBTQ Youth Convening will take place on Saturday, May 18th, 2024 at Segerstrom High School.

This event is open to all ages and backgrounds, such as but not limited to: youth, students, parents, guardians, families, school staff and administrators, counselors, professionals, and community members and organizers. We will provide three tracks with educational workshops geared towards youth and students, parents and families, educators and professionals, and community members.

We invite the entire community to experience a day complete with influential speakers, workshop presenters, organizations, and a resource fair working to provide inclusive practices to create restorative and intersectional spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth in Orange County and beyond. Breakfast and lunch are included and free to attendees.

Main speakers and Performers include:

  • Dr. Jon Paul, Community Advocate and Educator
  • Hector Bustos, Community Advocate and Board Member
  • Strawberry Cassette, local indie pop band
  • and several others!

Workshops include:

  • LGBTQIA+ Representation and visibility
  • Intersectionality
  • LGBTQIA+ Mental Health
  • Building Resilience
  • P arent and Family Support
  • Queer and Trans Representation
  • GSA Support
  • Restorative Justice
  • Transgender Student Support
  • Youth leadership and Empowerment
  • Self-care strategies
  • Education
  • Advocacy and Activism
  • Community Resources
  • Creative Writing
  • Art therapy and Calming space
  • And more!

We are excited to share that we will have special guest performances from local performers at the end of the conference, as well as opportunity drawings for gift cards!

And more!

Conference Schedule

TimeAction Item
9:00 amEvent opens to the public and Opening Ceremony
10:00 amNo-cost Breakfast & RegistrationConference & Registration OpensOpening Ceremony: Welcoming and Opening Speakers
10:45 – 11:00 AMTransition to Workshops Session 1
11:00 AM – 11:50 AMWorkshop Session 1 (50 minutes)
11:50 PM-1:00 PMNo-cost Lunch and Community Resource FairTransition to Session 2
1:00 – 1:50 PMWorkshop Session 2 (50 minutes)
1:50 – 2:00 PMTransition to Closing Ceremony
2:00 – 3:00 PMClosing Ceremony: Live Performance, Speakers, and EvaluationsKeynote Speaker: Dr. Jon PaulLive Performer: Strawberry CassetteOpportunity DrawingClosing from our youth leaders

Stay updated and informed through the LGBTQ Center OC’s Instagram (@lgbtqcenteroc) and website (lgbtqcenteroc.org) for the latest updates.

Questions? Please contact: stephanie.vandyke@lgbtqcenteroc.org.



By Editor

The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

One thought on “2024 LGBTQ Youth Convening set for May 18 at Segerstrom High School”
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