What is Models of Pride?
Models of Pride is the world’s largest FREE conference for LGBTQ youth & allies, including parents & professionals. The full-day event includes an Opening Session, over 130 workshops, lunch, a resource fair, college fair, job fair, dinner, entertainment hour, and outdoor dance party – all free!
When/where is Models of Pride 26?
Models of Pride 26 is on Saturday October 20, 2018 at Cal State LA. All-day parking is available at Structure A for $8.60 (use 1904 Barnett Road, Los Angeles, CA 90032 for GPS). Registration is located above Structure A at Greenlee Plaza.
What is the Parent & Professional Institute (PPI)?
The Parent & Professional Institute (PPI) at Models of Pride offers family members, educators, professionals, and all other adult supporters of LGBTQ youth an unparalleled opportunity to learn, network, and develop community with others on a similar journey. The day will include dozens of tailored workshops, discussions, resources, and exclusive programming.
What is LGBTQ?
LGBTQ typically refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer. We utilize the acronym as an umbrella term that is often used to refer to the community, recognizing that identities like intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and others are valid and wholeheartedly welcome at Models of Pride.
What kind of workshops are offered at Models of Pride?
Workshop topics for the youth track include Activism/Social Justice, Ally Community & Issues, Arts & Culture, Coming Out/Families, Education/Careers, Gender (i.e. Queer, Trans, Intersex, etc.), Health, People of Color Community & Issues, Self-Empowerment, Sexualities (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Pan, Fluid, etc.), and Spirituality/Faith.
Workshop topics for the Parent & Professional Institute (PPI) track include Allyship, Child Welfare/System(s) of Care/Juvenile Justice, Dating & Healthy Relationships, Education, Faith & Spirituality, Legal Rights, Mental Health, Parent Support/Resources, Sexual Health, Support Trans/Gender-Expansive Youth, Support for LGBTQA Youth 13 and Under, and Racial Justice.
Am I required to attend the whole day?
Models of Pride is a once-a-year full-day conference, but we understand that sometimes folks are unable to participate fully. While any participant is able to leave early, late registration closes at 1:30pm, so be sure to check-in before that time to participate in the conference.
What is LifeWorks?
LifeWorks, the program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center that produces Models of Pride, is the youth development and mentoring program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We offer one on one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth age 24 and under. Our goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational.
What is the history of Models of Pride?
Models of Pride was created in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a means of providing a safe and positive environment where LGBTQ youth could network with each other and expose themselves to new ideas and information. Friends of Project 10, Inc. took over the sponsorship and major funding for this conference in 1998 when the LAUSD abolished all education commissions. For 20 years, the conference programming has included a wide variety of workshops covering such topics as dating, coming out, stereotyping, student activism, cultural and religious issues, healthcare issues, creative expression, and much more. In 2010, Friends of Project 10 Inc. invited LifeWorks, the LGBT youth mentoring and development program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center to take over as presenter of the conference.
After a successful transition in 2010, LifeWorks has grown Models of Pride from less than 500 youth in attendance to over 1,500. LifeWorks proudly continues the Models of Pride tradition that for so many years has been a life changing experience for thousands of youth. And, as times change for the better, Models of Pride continues to adjust to meet the ever-changing needs of LGBTQ youth.