A free conference for parents, guardians, and educators who want a deeper understanding of gender and youth
Saturday, March 28, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Soledad High School, Soledad / Monterey County
Light breakfast, snacks and lunch provided
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, including such topics as:
A framework to help you understand the dimensions of gender
Some common terms and the ways in which understandings of gender are changing
How children and youth see gender communicated in our society
Affirmative parenting practices around gender
- How your own experiences with gender may affect your parenting
- Some suggestions for talking with children and teens about gender
- How to work with schools to make them more gender inclusive and safe for gender expansive youth
- Strategies for navigating the school system with transgender or gender nonconforming students
- An informational workshop on the medical aspects of gender transition in youth presented by Dr. Jen Hastings
For additional information, visit Salinas Valley Pride
For questions, contact Sam Gomez, Co-coordinator of the Monterey County LGBTQ+ Youth Leadership Summit 2020, at (831) 998-7291 or email.
Schedule for Parent/Guardian/Educator Summit
- 9:00 am – 9:30 am: Introductions and Breakfast
- 9:30 am – 11:00 am: Medical Aspects of Gender Transition presentation by Dr. Jen Hastings
- 11:00 am – 11:10 am: Break
- 11:10 am – 12:15 pm: Overview of Gender presentation
- 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
- 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm: Supporting Gender Diverse Kids in K-12 Schools presentation
- 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm: Gender diverse youth panel
- 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Closing, Q & A
Registration helps us with preparations for breakfast, snacks and lunch, plus printing name badges.
Call for Volunteers — Day of the Event
Please help us make the Parent/Guardian Summit run smoothly. We are looking for volunteers to help with a few aspects of the event and if you have an hour or two to spare during the day of the event between 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Soledad High School in Soledad/Monterey County, please contact us at email 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 Summits — The Student Summit & The Parent/Guardian Summit — both on the same day and time. Volunteers are needed for both.
Welcome from the Parent/Guardian/Educator Summit Co-chairs
We are thrilled to welcome all parents and adult allies to our second Understanding Gender summit!
Our first summit, in March 2019 at Lakeview Middle School in Watsonville and second summit in October 2019 at Watsonville High School in Watsonville, was attended by a wonderful group of parents, family members, educators and other allies who all care about supporting trans, queer and gender nonconforming youth. We are looking forward to our third summit at Soledad High School in Soledad in Monterey County.
As parents of our own gender diverse kids, we are both personally invested in helping to educate other adults in our communities and making our schools and communities safer for all youth.
We hope you will join us on March 28, 2020 to learn and engage in dialogue about gender, how to be allies to gender diverse youth, and making our schools safer and more gender inclusive.
Parent/Guardian/Educator Summit Flyer Download
Please help distribute flyers widely in the community. Thank you!
Por favor ayude a distribuir volantes ampliamente en la comunidad. ¡Gracias!
Download Parent/Guardian Summit — English Color Flyer
Download Parent/Guardian Summit — Spanish Color Flyer