The Human Rights Campaign Foundation in partnership with the National Education Association and the American Counseling Association present Time To THRIVE, the annual national conference to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth...everywhere!
We are making steady progress on the road to legal equality, yet the deck continues to be stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in America. The impact of family rejection, bullying, and daily concern for safety weighs heavily on our youth. By engaging a broad audience of youth-serving professionals, including K-12 educators, mental health providers, pediatricians, religious leaders, recreational athletic coaches, and youth development staff (Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, scout leaders, etc.), we can create a thriving LGBTQ youth population.
HRC’s groundbreaking research, Growing Up LGBT in America, provides a stark picture of the difficulties these youth face, including:
These findings are a call to action for all adults who want to ensure the overall well-being of LGBTQ young people. The conference provides a “one-stop-shop” opportunity for youth-serving professionals to build the awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices, and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field.
Attendees will be able to earn complimentary CEUs through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and clock hours from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). We anticipate that attendees will be able to earn clock hours and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) and are awaiting final approval. For an additional fee, we also anticipate that attendees will be able to earn one graduate or undergraduate credit. More information on CEUs and college credit can be found by clicking on the CEU tab.
Youth Attendance: On the last day of the conference (Sunday, April 30, 2017) approximately 100 youth (ages 13-22) who are part of local GSAs and other advocacy organizations will be joining to attend youth-focused workshops and the closing plenary. Interested youth must complete a Youth Application, which can be downloaded by clicking here. The limited number of slots will be given out on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit a Youth Application is April 7, 2017.
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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE FOURTH ANNUAL TIME TO THRIVE CONFERENCE.
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