OC Color Me Equal Leadership Boot Camp
Each summer, we invite middle and high school LGBTQQIA students ages 14-20 and Gay-Straight Alliance student leaders and members to participate in our “Color Me Equal” Leadership Camp, a two-week leadership series comprised of educational and interactive workshops. Youth leaders from the LGBTQ Center’s youth leadership group, Youth Empowered to Act, and youth program staff facilitate workshops focused on building education and developing safe and supportive educational environments for LGBTQQ youth. Educational topics include: LGBTQQ Language and Terminology; LGBTQQ History; Identity and Self; Gay-Straight Alliance Club Development and Leadership; Safe Zone Trainings for Schools; and Writing Personal Narratives. As witnessed through the experiences of the workshop presenters and youth participants, the “Color Me Equal” Leadership Camp provides opportunities for youth to increase and build their academic success and connectivity and leadership skills to educate their peers on how to foster safe and supportive learning environments for all students regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity. Participants will learn tools to help their GSAs (Gender and Sexuality Alliances) and LGBTQQ clubs educate, advocate, and organize for safe, welcoming and inclusive schools for all LGBTQQ students.