The Stonewall Foundation supports youth advocacy training to promote LGBTQ leadership that will advance justice. We proudly sponsored the Be Brave, Be You LGBTQ+ student leadership conference at the Met High School in May 2018 along with supporting the SJUSD PRIDE PAK conference held in March 2019.
The Be Brave, Be You conference highlighted an interactive history gallery, 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, shared rich personal narratives to reinforce the continued significance of LGBTQ advocacy and leadership by our community.
LGBTQ+ students from San Juan Unified School District lead the way to understanding.
“So Powerful. Thank you for sharing. Your voices are heard and we are listening!,” wrote a teacher attending the PRIDE PAK Education Conference, hosted by the San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) in March. PRIDE PAK members from SJUSD high schools conducted a day of training to promote understanding, inclusion and awareness of the rights of LGBTQ+ students. The Stonewall Foundation was proud to lend support to the conference where students shared personal journeys, as well as
instruction in definitions, terminology and sensitivity. Two workshops, LGBTQ 101 and Gender Identity were well attended by teachers, administrators, and family members from the district, with a panel presentation and a Q&A finishing the day of learning.
According the Lori Vine, Equity Resource Specialist for
SJUSD, 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 clubs
at each of 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.
Kudos to PRIDE PAK and its leadership to educate teachers, administrators and families on inclusive
practices for our LGBTQ+ community so our communities are safer and stronger.