HRC 2017 Youth Ambassadors; Time to THRIVE

Registration for the fifth annual Time to THRIVE Conference, to be held Feb. 16-18, 2018 in Orlando, Fla., is now open!

The HRC Foundation and a few generous sponsors have agreed to fund a limited number of Registration Scholarships for educators, youth-serving professionals and college students with financial need who othersiwe would not be able to attend Time to THRIVE. Fill out the Registration Scholarship application here.

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 progress on the road to legal equality, yet young LGBTQ people in America still face dramatically heightened rates of discrimination in school, at home and within their community. The impact of family rejection, bullying and the messages they hear about being LGBTQ weigh 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 Club, YMCAs, scout leaders, etc.), we can create spaces in which LGBTQ youth are affirmed, supported and have the ability to thrive.

HRC and University of Connecticut's 2017 landmark research shows us some of the most pressing issues facing our youth today. Preliminary data suggest that:

HRC Youth Survey; Time to THRIVE; LGBTQ youth

These finds are a call to action for adults who want to ensure the overall well-being of LGBTQ young people. The conference provides a comprehensive opportunity for youth-serving professionals to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field.

Furthermore, HRC will be releasing results from our 2018 Youth Survey -- which paints a vivid picture of the experience of growing up LGBTQ in America and shows us how we can best support, affirm and honor our responsibility to youth.

Continuing Education
We anticipate that Time to THRIVE attendees will be able to earn continuing education clock hours from the National Board of Certified Counselors, the National Association of Social Workers and the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. 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 5th annual Time to THRIVE conference, Sunday, February 18, 2018, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), in partnership with the Zebra Coalition, is inviting up to 100 youth (ages 13-22) and an adult chaperone (for those under age 18) to attend. The first 100 completed applications will receive one of the limited number of free tickets, which include tons of free resources, breakfast and lunch!  Click here to download a flyer about the Youth Day, including a schedule, and permission slip for those under the age of 18.  All interested youth should apply online for one of the free 100 slots today at hrc.im/TimeToTHRIVEYouth.  All online applications must be received no later than Monday, February 12, 2018. 

Click here to download the 2018 save the date flyer and consider displaying it in a common area at your workplace.

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Registration now open!

Registration for the fifth annual Time to THRIVE Conference, to be held Feb. 16-18, 2018 in Orlando, Fla., is now open.