Northern Utah youth summit planned for July

A two-day conference featuring queer-rights activists, panel discussions, a dinner reception and a talent show will be hosted by the Ogden OUTreach Resource Center on July 27-28 at Weber State University.

Featured presenters at the Northern Utah LGBTQ Youth Summit will include Caitlin Ryan from the Family Acceptance Project, Kendall Wilcox from the Empathy First Initiative and a workshop by Plan-B Theatre Company.

While initially planned for youth, the summit took on a life of its own and is expanding to include, youth, activists, parents, family, friends and allies of queer youth, said Marian Edmonds, executive director of the OUTreach Center. Also, health professionals and educators are encouraged to attend.

While there is a fee associated, all meals are included and numerous scholarships are available.

“We don’t want anyone who wants to attend not able to be there. Cost should not be an excuse and everyone is invited,” Edmonds said.

While there are numerous activities, workshops and events for queer youth in Salt Lake City, there is a need and a void for events in Northern Utah that focus on issues specific to the region. Topics such as spirituality, legal issues and bullying will be discussed. And suicide prevention will be included in topics throughout the summit.

Community panels and discussions have been held frequently in the past months following a suicide of a young gay teen in the area. Also, discussions of the removal of a book featuring two lesbian mothers from public schools shelves have been hosted and these themes will also be incorporated into the discussions.

“Like all the best ideas, the youth came up with the concept to have the summit,” Edmonds said. “We’ll have the classes which will be fantastic, but we’ll also have a talent show and other really terrific ways for everyone to have a great time.”

The cost for Friday is $35 and Saturday is $40, which includes food. The conference will be held at WSU, which opens space for hundreds of attendees. Those interested in attending but cannot afford the entrance costs should email [email protected].

For more information and to register, go to ogdenoutreach.org.

Friday, July 27

Registration: 10-11 a.m.
Lunch: 11-11:30 a.m.

Dr. Caitlin Ryan – Keynote Address: 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions: 1-2 p.m.

  • Dr. Caitlin Ryan – Family Acceptance Project, Break Out Session
  • Health Concerns for LGBT Youth Panel:  HIV/AIDS, Tobacco Use, Substance Abuse, Mental Health
  • “Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea” — Plan-B Theatre Company – staged reading and talkback  (continues into next session block)

Concurrent Sessions: 2:10-3:10 p.m.

  • John Dehlin, Mormon Stories – Research with LGBT LDS
  • Homeless Youth Ambassadors, Cai Noble, Operation Shine America
  • How Big Tobacco Targets LGBT Youth: Anna Guymon, Ed Napia
  • Creativity Workshop for Youth: Amir Jackson, Artist in Residence, Alan Bounville — Put This on the Map Youth

Concurrent Sessions: 3:15-4:15 p.m.

  • Teen Health and Leadership – OUTreach Health Squad Youth; Weber-Morgan Health Department
  • Shelbi Day, LAMBDA Legal – Introducing /incorporating GSAs in Schools
  • Creativity Workshop for Youth: Amir Jackson, Artist in Residence; Alan Bounville; Put This on the Map

Plenary Safe Schools and Communities: 4:30-5:45 p.m.

  • Dr. David Parker, Put This on the Map, Panel

Dinner Reception for our Speakers: 6-7:30 p.m.

Reach OUT for Talent Show and Youth Dance Party: 7:30 – 10 p.m.


Saturday, July 28

Breakfast: 9-9:30 a.m.

Plenary Panel:  Celebrating and supporting healthy families: 9:30-10:45

Concurrent Sessions: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • Growing and Supporting GSAs, Panel:  Equality Utah; LAMBDA Legal; Utah ACLU; Northern Utah regional GSA
  • Understanding and Supporting Homeless Youth:  An Introduction for Professionals, Rachel Peterson
    Creativity Workshop for Youth: Amir Jackson, Artist in Residence; Alan Bounville; Put This on the Map Youth

Lunch: 12-12:45 p.m.

Plenary Panel: 12:45 – 2:00:

  • College Age Youth Panel: BYU students, LGBT Initiatives (Weber State), Weber State GSA, Rachel Peterson

Concurrent Sessions: 2-3 p.m.

  • Put this on the Map – Gender Identity and Orientation
  • Equality Utah – Community Advocacy Training
  • Bullying in Schools:  Dr. David Parker and panel

Concurrent Sessions: 3-4 p.m.

  • Working with school administrators, school boards
  • Hope and Options for Homeless Youth Panel: Ashley Tolman; Rachel Peterson; Volunteers of America; Cai Noble
  • Youth Creativity Wrap-up: Amir Jackson, Artist in Residence; Alan Bounville; Put This on the Map Youth

Dinner and Final Plenary – Youth performances followed by Empathy First Initiative Dinner Hosted by Kendall Wilcox: 5 p.m.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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