Youth Leadership Academy

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Youth Leadership Academy

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

San Diego Pride is proud to host the annual Pride Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). YLA was created to bring LGBTQ+ youth together from across the region to engage, educate, and inspire our next generation of leaders. Youth who attend YLA come away with the practical skill and committed passion to become agents of change within their own schools and communities. YLA is a fun, inclusive, and intense academy that includes historic context, LGBTQ+ resource education, organizing skills, panel discussions, and team-building activities that inform and motivate participants to be successful in all they do. YLA has three academy tracks available; first-time YLA attendees, returning YLA attendees, and Parent/Caregiver/Educator.

More information to come in the next few weeks. Cant wait!

Youth Applications Adult Allies Application

Highlights from 2021

2021 Closing Speaker

We are excited to announce that Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins will be our closing speaker! Atkins represents the 39th Senate District. Atkins has dedicated her career to serving as a champion for affordable housing, the environment, healthcare, veterans, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. She was the first San Diegan and first lesbian Speaker of the Assembly, and in March 2018, became the first woman and openly LGBTQ+ person to lead the California State Senate.

2021 Closing Performer

Local Drag Queen Superstar Amber St. James will be closing off the day with an exciting performance! Amber St. James is the African Bearded, death-dropping, cartwheeling, split queen known for her revolutionary activist work in and out of drag and her entertaining high-energy performances.


All 2021 YLA participants must provide proof of vaccination and/or a negative test result within 48 hours of November 13. Additionally, mask usage will be required indoors at all times. San Diego Pride reserves the option to shift the 2021 Academy to a virtual space if necessary.


San Diego Pride is excited to provide a variety of options for people to come together in ways that feel comfortable, healthy, and safe. We ask each individual to review the guidelines and setting for this event in order to assess their own comfortability with attendance.

San Diego Pride is requiring proof of full vaccination at the door for this event. You will be asked to show your Vaccination Card along with identification before entering the building. “Full Vaccination” requires at least 2 weeks to have passed since your final vaccination shot (or sole vaccination shot for Johnson & Johnson.)

Out of respect for body autonomy and an understanding of the reasons folks may not be vaccinated, San Diego Pride will also accept a Negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to the event. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status while indoors. Disposable masks will be available at the door.

We encourage everyone to sign up for CA Notify as an added layer of protection for themselves and the community to receive alerts when you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

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For remaining questions please contact [email protected]

NOTICE: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending this event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. By attending this event, you are acknowledging that you are, on behalf of yourself or any invitees, voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 or any other disease.