From the press release:
The 2012 Youth Empowerment Summit will offer 45 workshops, including: “LGBTQ Students: Know Your Rights;” “Opening the Locker Room Closet;” and “Coming Out Against Push Out.” The keynote panel will feature youth voices discussing the school-to-prison pipeline, a set of policies and practices used by school districts that indirectly push out or exclude youth of color, LGBT youth, low-income youth, and youth with disabilities. Last year’s Youth Empowerment Summit drew more than 500 participants.
“Youth from across the state have seen the devastating effects of a school system that educates some students while punishing others for how they dress, act, or look,” said Carolyn Laub, Founder and Executive Director of Gay-Straight Alliance Network.
That’s why hundreds of LGBT and straight ally youth are coming to the 2012 Youth Empowerment Summit, where they can find the tools they need to organize their Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to advocate for safer schools for all youth struggling against oppression and discrimination.