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2018 Youth Summit Session Descriptions

Storytelling - James Lecesne & Ryan Amador

The Trevor Project Co-Founder James Lecesne and musician Ryan Amador are bringing their LGBTQIA storytelling workshop to the 2018 Youth Summit! Warm up with some theater games, a songwriting workshop, and discuss and reflect on how to best tell your own story. These sessions will focus on how to structure your story - but you will also puzzle out the underlying conflict, illuminate the characters and their motivations, uncover your deeply held beliefs and create a vivid map of the story you want to tell.

Startup, Service, or Skill - Alternatives to College - Panel

Unsure if college is your next step? This panel will feature youth who have built their own businesses, worked in the fields of their interest, or participated in a service year rather than jumping into college. Ask our panelists about what their experiences outside of the college track have been like, what resources have helped them in their fields, and how their choices have paid off for them.


Creating Change with GSA's - Brownsburg High School

Thinking about starting a GSA at your school or looking for tools to make it more successful? This discussion will talk about what it takes to start a GSA and how to make your GSA an instrument of change within your school. Hosted by the Indiana GSA Coordinator James Capps, and Brownsburg High School's GSA with Craig Lee.

Queer in the Mirror - Kaylee Sink & 

Binge-watching Stranger Things and eating ice cream out of the tub is a great way to spend a weekend, but self-care comes in many different forms. Sometimes self-care is watching our favorite shows and eating our favorite food, but it's also daily maintenance: taking care of our personal hygiene, getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and taking time for ourselves when we need it. This break-out session will explore definitions of self-care, forms of self-care, and how to maintain healthy self-care practices. During this session, we will do a mixture of art activities and mindfulness practices, such as meditation in order to showcase different forms of self-care. Queer in the Mirror is an LGBTQ+ focused self-esteem and body image group, occurring monthly at IYG, which combines forms of art, music, and mindfulness practices to discuss how to take care of ourselves and address low self-esteem and negative self-image. If you're interested in learning about self-care and mindfulness this session is for you!

Healthy Relationships - Planned Parenthood Peer Educators

Facilitated by the trained Peer Educators team from Planned Parenthood, this session will be a discussion and workshop on building healthy relationships, communication skills, and safety.

Out in Tech - SalesForce

Ever thought about exploring a career in tech? Meet LGBT+ Tech Professionals through a speed round table discussion on tech careers. Developers, Artist, Marketing Gurus, Project Managers and other professions will talk candidly on what life is like being out and working in the tech industry.

Session Descriptions Coming Soon:

Activism - Alec Dean
Pride At Work - Lucas Munson and Indiana SHRM
Housing - Herman & Kittle
Finances - Fifth Third Bank
College Applications - Kahy Pivonka & Alicia LaMagdeleine
College testing - Alicia LaMagdeleine
Cars - Chad Quakenbush