Welcome to the Sixth Annual
Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference!
May 19-22, 2017 | Downtown Harrisburg
First held in 2011, the YAC has become Pennsylvania’s largest statewide gathering of LGBTQ youth. The conference is organized by the Pennsylvania Youth Congress community – and is open to all young Pennsylvanians. The 2017 YAC is dedicated to action toward economic justice and ending LGBTQ youth homelessness. Our vision statement grounds us to hold this conference on how we can end poverty and homelessness of LGBTQ youth, through ensuring economic opportunities for young LGBTQ Pennsylvanians. We will focus on poverty and economic opportunity through the intersections of race, place, and class, in the work toward empowering of a generation of LGBTQ youth leaders fighting for Beloved communities throughout our commonwealth.
Why This Meeting? The first Youth Action Conference was held in 2011 shortly following the establishment of the Pennsylvania Youth Congress, the first youth-led statewide LGBTQ organization in the nation. From this time on, the Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference has united young LGBTQ student leaders to strengthen our communities and the work toward social justice within our commonwealth. The committed leadership of our movement is composed of young LGBTQ people from schools and communities, from large cities to rural farmlands. With the unyielding support of young Pennsylvanians, our advocacy provides remarkable new opportunities for our generation. The Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference is convened to coordinate our action, so that together, we can chart new goals and achieve a more unified sense of direction through expert trainings, policy briefings, and caucus meetings.
Who Will Attend? Young Pennsylvanians are invited from all areas of the commonwealth for this important meeting. Delegates from student organizations from across the state will be in attendance. We highly encourage those from LGBTQ student groups in high schools, colleges, and universities, as well from local community organizations, to join us. The YAC is organized to be a welcoming, safe, and supportive space by and for young people.
Schedule The conference will begin with a welcome reception on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:00pm. Saturday will be devoted to policy briefings, expert trainings, workshops, caucuses, and committee work, as well as our annual Commonwealth Banquet. The conference program will end with a Closing Plenary on Sunday early afternoon. For our first YAC in Harrisburg, we are extending the conference through Monday, May 22, 2017, for a lobby day while the General Assembly is in session. This will allow us to meet directly with state lawmakers about the urgent concerns we will have been learning and organizing around during the weekend. Following the Closing Plenary on Sunday afternoon, we will proceed into an advocacy training for the next day’s events. The full conference agenda will be posted on this website.
Registration The Early Bird registration rate to attend the conference, which includes several meals, will be $30.00 per person until March 22, 2017. PYC is organizing for a special discount at a local hotel which will be posted here shortly. The YAC Conference Committee would be glad to answer any of your questions about the gathering and accommodations.
You are welcome to contact the YAC Planning Committee with any questions at info [at] payouthcongress.org or call 717-743-1035