The Stonewall Foundation supports youth advocacy training to promote LGBTQ leadership that will advance justice. We proudly sponsored the Sacramento City Unified School District’s Be Brave, Be You LGBTQ+ student leadership conference at the Met High School in May of 2018 and 2019.
The Be Brave, Be You conference highlighted an interactive history galleries, with performance artists and many occasions for personal expression. Students were afforded multi-media learning opportunities focusing on social movements. An advocacy panel, organized by the Foundation with the generous assistance of participants Ebony Eva Harper, Rodney Nickens, Deepen Gagneja and Carrie Martin Holmes in 2018 shared rich personal narratives to reinforce the continued significance of LGBTQ advocacy and leadership by our community. In 2019 nearly 50 students and teachers attended from SCUSD middle and high schools, as well as San Juan and Elk Grove Unified School Districts. The theme “Your Silence Will Not Protect You,” asked students to learn about, and reflect on what resistance means to them.
“Finding LGBTQ+ underclassmen and giving them advice/support.
Asking my history teacher to implement the FAIR Education Act.
Helping implement SCUSD’s Trans Policy.
I know I have teachers I can talk to.
At home, it’s something like, we just don’t talk about.
I can’t really be out with my family but get support from friends.
Try kindness with those homophobic people, don’t add fuel to fire.
Stand up for injustice.
The Stonewall Foundation expanded its reach to also proudly support the San Juan Unified School District’s PRIDE PAK education conference held in March 2019. LGBTQ students from across the district led the way to understanding.
Hosted by the San Juan Unified School District in 2019, PRIDE PAK members from SJUSD high schools conducted a day of training to promote understanding, inclusion and awareness of the rights of LGBTQ students. Student educators shared personal journeys, as well as instruction in definitions, terminology and sensitivity. Two workshops, LGBTQ 101 and Gender Identity were attended by approximately 60 teachers, administrators, and family members from the district, with a panel presentation and a G&A finishing the day of learning.
“Your openness, bravery and vulnerability are an inspirational and more powerful than you know.”
“You are the reason I got into education to support youth developing into their best self…”
“Without you, there is no US. We love our students.”
“This is a start to a big change in our world. Keep it up!”
PRIDE PAK was created to give student members an opportunity to promote equity and safer learning environments for all student populations on their campuses. It is currently comprised of students from the Gay Straight/Gender Sexuality Alliance Club at SJUSD’s high schools. Through workshops, outreach and various site-based campaigns, these students are dedicated to ensuring their campuses are inclusive of all unique populations of students.
STARS Student Summit Elk Grove Unified School District Nov. 2019
Elk Grove Unified School District conducted a youth leadership workshop for LGBTQ+ students and allies in November 2019 with support from the Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento. Foundation Board member Nate Pelczar moderated two sessions with panelists Ebony Harper and Elena Carrillo, both LGBTQ+ leaders, on the topics of advocacy and leadership with approximately 150 attending from schools across the district.