The Queer Youth Task Force of Santa Cruz County, the Safe Schools Project, & the LGBT Collaborative of Monterey County are proud to present a supportive space for LGBTQIA+ and allied youth in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties.
Self-care and Sustainable Activism
Saturday, October 10, 2020
12:00 – 3:15 pm
A Live Stream Event
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- Call for Workshops
- Call for T-shirt Design Submissions
- Digital Divide
- Zoom Resources
- Community Service Hours
- Accessibility Information
- Call for Volunteers — Day of the Event
- Learn About the Summit Organizers
- LGBTQIA+ Youth Programing in Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz County
- LGBTQIA+ & Ally Youth Calendar
- Parent/Guardian Summit — “Understanding Gender”
All High School & Middle School LGBTQIA/Ally Students Welcome!
Although we know we cannot safely be together in person this fall, we also know the importance of community and keeping LGBTQIA+ and ally youth connected to resources and to each other. To support these endeavors, the Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Summit is going virtual this fall. The Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast is a free, online summit that is led by youth leaders from the tri-county area. Our first ever virtual summit will provide students the opportunity to:
- Experience workshops put on by fellow youth and community organizers.
- Virtually meet students throughout Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, and San Benito County — from Watsonville, Salinas, Soledad, Monterey, San Juan Bautista to Scotts Valley — who are working to help create safer schools in their communities!
- Have access to a virtual resource fair
- Empower and liberate lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, questioning, and allied youth
- Obtain hand-made goodie bags delivered to each student registered in the Tri-County area
- Free t-shirt delivered to each student registered in the Tri-County area
- and more!
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For questions, contact:
- Monterey County: Jacob Agamao / he/she/they / LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator, Our Gente, The Epicenter, Salinas / email or (831) 272-4295
- Santa Cruz County: Trisha Herrera / she/her/hers / Co-coordinator, Queer, Trans, & Allied Student Summit of the Central Coast / email or (831) 427-4004
The Fall 2020 Summit theme is “Self-care and Sustainable Activism”
About the Theme: Students have chosen the theme as “Self-care and Sustainable Activism”
With the pandemic and the wildfires, 2020 did not go as planned. Many students are staying home, and some of them are in unsafe households. With that, youth may not be able to practice self care, which is much needed during stressful times. Sustainable activism focuses on the healing of the community as well as the environment that surrounds them. Oftentimes when talking about sustainable activism, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are left out of the conversation. As we initiate these conversations on self care and sustainable activism, we are able to uplift and recognize the voices of BIPOC.
Save your spot at the Queer, Trans, & Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast – Fall 2020! Registration helps us with preparing for on-time delivery of goodie bags, t-shirts, and more!
Schedule for Student Summit
- 11:45-12:00pm : Pre-program Mixer with DJ
- 12:00-12:30pm: Welcome + Keynote speakers
- 12:30-1:00pm: Caucuses
- 1:00-1:45pm: Session 1 Workshops
- 1:45-2:00pm: Community Chat & Break
- 2:00-2:45pm: Session 2 Workshops
- 1:45-2:00pm: Community Chat & Break
- 3:00-3:15pm: Closing ceremony and Q&A
Call for Workshops!
We welcome all workshop and caucus proposals with a priority on youth-led submissions. Please note that all workshops will take place for exactly forty-five minutes. The Fall 2020 theme is “Self-Care and Sustainable Activism.” Workshop topics relevant to the theme are highly encouraged but not limited to it.
These are some suggestions for workshops:
Workshops Update as of September 21 — We are delighted to announce 11 workshops have been proposed to date. We have extended the deadline for student led workshops and caucuses to Thursday, September 24 by 5:00 pm!
—> Submit a Workshop Proposal HERE for student led workshops & caucuses by Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
Students and community members under 18 were encouraged to submit a design for the upcoming Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast — Fall 2020.
The design contest was open to all currently enrolled high school and middle school students located in Santa Cruz, San Benito, or Monterey county. All entries needed to incorporate the summit theme “Self-Care and Sustainable Activism.”
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2020 t-shirt design contest and offer a warm congratulations to Estrella Contreras! Scroll down to meet the artist behind the wonderful winning t-shirt design for our upcoming Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast!
The winning designer will receive a hoodie with the design and a $25 gift card.
About the Artist
My name is Estrella Contreras and I am 15 years old. I have always had a love for art, and ever since I was 2 the thing that would keep me entertained for hours was drawing. I currently live with my parents, dog and my two turtles. I have lived here in Santa Cruz all of my life and enjoy going to the beach.
School districts are providing free technological resources for students.
Help bridge the divide — There are students in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties who do not have access to computers or cell phones — please forward to teachers, families and community members who might reach students. For more information, contact us at Coordinate Summit.
Confidentiality & Creating a Safe Space to Access Zoom
We recognize and understand that not everyone has a safe and affirming home life, and that it may be a challenge to attend this summit from where you live. Below are some tips to make your virtual summit experience safer and to help protect the confidentiality of attendees:
- Consider using earbuds or headphones
- If possible, join us from a room or space in your house that is in a quiet place away from other people
- Use a free virtual background on Zoom
- Mute your microphone when you’re not speaking to limit background noise and the voices of other people who may be in your house.
- Learn more at Confidentiality & Creating a Safe Space
- How to create a Zoom account
- How to add your pronouns to your account
- How to reduce the background noise on Zoom
Community Service Hours for Students
If you require anything accessibility-related (e.g.: sign language interpretation, captioning, or any other accommodations) please contact Coordinate Summit.
Specific accommodation requests should be made by October 1, 2020.
The Safe Schools Project, a program of the Queer Youth Task Force, is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact us to request accessibility accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.
Call for Volunteers — Day of the Event
Please help us make the virtual Summit run smoothly. We are looking for volunteers to help with a few aspects of the event online, such as Zoom Breakout Room monitors, Zoom “lobby” greeters, and more. If you have an hour or two to spare during the day of the event between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2020, please email us or (831) 427-4004.
If you need credit for Community Service Hours, please share your address and any other details needed. We will mail out letters shortly after the event.
There are two virtual Summits — The Queer, Trans & Allied Student Virtual Summit of the Central Coast & The Parent/Guardian Virtual Summit — both on the same day and time. Volunteers are needed for both.
To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities, visit the Fall 2020 Summit Volunteer Page (coming soon).
Learn About the Summit Organizers
Trisha Herrera (she/her/hers) is an incoming junior at UCSC, majoring in Sociology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She has been working with the Safe Schools Project for two years and helped produce two summits thus far. She is committed to cultivating spaces that are affirming, healing, resourceful, and supportive for LBGTQIA+ youth. She is thankful to help present the first-ever virtual Queer, Trans, and Allied Student Summit this fall!
Jacob Agamao (he/she/they) is the LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator at The Epicenter, a youth resource center in Salinas. Their background in empowerment for queer youth began in high school as President of one of the first GSA programs in Monterey County, and continued with work at the Monterey County AIDS Project and with Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations. They hope that as we navigate the unique challenges shelter-in-place has dealt us all, we continue to foster safe and inclusive spaces for our young queer people to develop into healthy and impactful adults.
LGBTQIA+ Youth Programs in Monterey, San Benito & Santa Cruz Counties
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LGBTIQA+ & Ally Youth Calendar — 2020-2021
Parent/Guardian Virtual Workshops
A free virtual conference for parents, guardians, and other adult allies who want a deeper understanding of gender and youth
Saturday, October 10, 2020
A Live Stream Event
Simultaneous Spanish Translation provided
Understandings of gender are changing rapidly and it can be challenging to keep up! Parents might believe that they only have to pay attention to their child’s gender if it falls outside of traditional gender norms. While it is true that transgender, non-binary, and otherwise gender-expansive children are particularly at risk, every child is limited by traditional gender roles and stereotypes. Parents and ally adults play a crucial role in creating a safe and supportive environment for all young people around their gender.
We hope you’ll join us for a day of learning, conversation, and reflection about youth and gender.
Learn more about the Parent/Guardian Summit — Registration Open Soon!
Información en Español
Creating gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens
Sponsored, in part, by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education (SCCOE), Gender Spectrum, and additional community organizations in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties. Please check our complete list of sponsors and supporters — thank you!
San Benito County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
National LGBTQIA+ Organizations
Student Summit Flyer Download
Please help spread the word by sharing via social media to your followers and fellow community members — help us reach students in Monterey, San Benito, & Santa Cruz Counties! Thank you.
- 2020 Spring Student Summit
- 2020 Spring Parent/Guardian Summit & Español
- 2019 Fall Student Summit
- 2019 Fall Parent/Guardian Summit
- 2019 Spring Student Summit
- 2019 Spring Parent/Guardian Summit
- 2017 Fall Student Summit
- 2017 Winter Student Summit
- 2016 Spring Student Summit
- 2015 Fall Student Summit
- Hear about the 2019 Spring Summit on KZSC’s Closet Free Radio: Learn more about the Summit from Trisha Herrera, Assistant Summit Coordinator, who was on the Feb 25 Closet Free Radio Show, one of the oldest LGBTQ radio shows in the United States. Stay tuned to Closet Free Radio every Monday night, 7:00-8:30 pm on KZSC at 88.1 FM.
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- Read about the 2017 Winter Summit in the Santa Cruz Sentinel “South County Summit Empowers LGBTQ Youth”
- Read about the 2016 Spring Summit in the Santa Cruz Sentinel “Santa Cruz County LGBTQ youth meet at Queer & Ally Student Summit“
- Read about the 2016 Spring Summit in the Santa Cruz Sentinel “Scotts Valley High School to host Queer, Ally Student Summit”