Creating a safe environment for our LGBTQ youth to thrive is part of the ever-critical work of our movement, and San Diego Pride hosts several LGBTQ+ programs for young people. Join the youth coalition and receive updates about Pride’s LGBTQ youth programs in San Diego County.
Every second Saturday of the month from 11am to 2pm, you can come hang out at the San Diego Pride office with other LGBTQ+ junior high- and high school-aged youth! Lunch and beverages are free thanks to San Diego Ambassadors of The Trevor Project, so no need to pack a lunch or bring money. Just come hang out, meet other queer kids, make friends, and have a great time! Get connected to other youth-serving programs and help Pride plan other youth-centered events and this year’s Youth Zone at Pride! Attention teachers, parents and youth! Help spread the word by downloading our “Lunch Bunch” flyer and passing it out to someone you know that might want to go. For questions, please contact our Youth Coordinator Team at [email protected]
Youth Leadership Academy
The Pride Youth Leadership Academy 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 day that includes historic context, LGBTQ resource education, team-building activities, and panel discussions that inform and motivate participants to be successful in all they do.
The San Diego Queer Youth Chorus (SDQYC) is taking applications for auditions to be held October 12, 2019 for the only chorus in the State of California of LGBTQIA2+ and allied middle and high school students.
San Diego Queer Youth Chorus encourages and fosters artistic expression, personal development, and leadership in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning intersex and allied youth and presents musical performances that provide an opportunity and space for young people, however they identify, to say “this is a place where I am accepted for who I am and everything that I bring.”
SDQYC is a joint project of San Diego Pride, San Diego Women’s Chorus, and the SDQYC AD, Lindsey Deaton, and operates under the guidance, support, and direction of a committee comprised of these groups. San Diego Pride acts as SDQYC’s fiscal sponsor.
SDQYC is led by Founding Artistic Director Lindsey Deaton, who is the Founding Artistic Director of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and the Diverse City Youth Chorus in Cincinnati, OH.
- Youth 13 and younger get into the festival for free when accompanied by an adult. They do not require their own ticket.
- Youth high school aged or younger get into the festival for free and must get a ticket at the box office located near the front gate. Recent high school graduates receive a free ticket as well with proper identification.
Celebrate with Pride! The Youth Zone at the Pride Festival is a fun space for young, queer, middle school through high school youth and their allies to celebrate pride, themselves, others, and just have a place to be! Pride volunteers and all youth high-school-aged and under get into the festival for free!
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
Youth are welcome to join Pride either as volunteers or as interns. You are welcome to join on your own or as a part of a school-sponsored program. Contact our Programs Manager for internship questions at [email protected] or (619) 297-7683.
Youth Marching Band
Creating a safe environment for our LGBTQ youth to thrive is part of the ever-critical work of our movement. The Youth Pride Marching Band is a volunteer program designed to foster character development and leadership in LGBTQ-identified youth who wish to participate in the parade by sharing their musical talents in a culturally supportive community.
2020 Youth Marching Band signups coming soon!
Youth Art Show
San Diego Pride, Art of Pride, and the Trevor Project are partnering to create a platform to showcase young local LGBTQ artists. Art is a positive form of expression, and we welcome the opportunity to help our youth share their stories with family, friends, faculty and the community. Read about 2018’s art show here!
Local LGBTQ+ youth serving organizations
Sweetwater Union High School District – Nikki Chigas (she/her/hers) – [email protected]