2017 Pride Youth Leadership Academy Applications Now Open!

San Diego LGBT Pride is proud to announce that applications for the Youth Leadership Academy are now open. The Youth Leadership Academy is a one-day workshop packed with empowering educational discussions, outdoor activities, and bonding exercises. Educational sessions will include an introduction to LGBT history, youth advocacy, higher education, and civic engagement.

The applications for the San Diego LGBT Pride Youth Leadership Academy, which is open to junior high- and high-school-aged youth, are now open. The academy will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 8:30 am to 5:15 pm at the San Diego Pride office located at 3620 30th St., San Diego, CA 92104.

“Participating in the Youth Leadership Academy was an amazing experience,” said Sam Palma, YLA leader and senior at Morse High School. “It was really interesting to listen to those in our community that identify as LGBTQIA+ speak about their experiences being out in their community. The Academy is a good way to make new friends and learn about some resources that could be beneficial, so don’t hesitate to sign up!”

“I learned how to be a leader in my community from listening to the panelists of elected officials, business people, and students who are out in our community talking about their stories,” said Jay Sieber, freshman at San Diego High School. “When I first did the Youth Leadership Academy, I met so many new friends that I still have to this day.”

San Diego LGBT Pride is accepting applications until October 29, 2017. Interested youth may apply at www.sdpride.org/youth-leadership-academy and RSVP to the Facebook event here.

For more information, please email Youth Programs Manager Josh Coyne at [email protected].


About San Diego Pride

San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.