Local nonprofit center becomes ‘The Source’ for youth LGBT+ advocacy

The Source LGBT+ Center hosts youth summit for 12-19 year-olds to learn about community advocacy Saturday, Dec. 11

VISALIA – For the second year The Source LGBT+ Center is offering their Youth Summit, where the communities youth 12 to 19 years old can learn how to develop their voice.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, the “Our Power Youth Summit” will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Episcopal Church’s Rivera Hall. Set up for LGBTQ+ and allied youth between 12 and 19 years old, those attending will “transform the way advocacy is seen in their generation” according to a Source press release.

At this event our youth will come together in a safe setting to determine the different ways to advocate in their community through creativity, wellness and active engagement workshops. They will learn that by coming together they can create more powerful voices. Local creative artist Priscilla McNamara will be the keynote speaker. Workshops designed to empower youth include “Radical Self-Love” presented by Fresno EOC, slam poetry with Mike Jasso, and “know your rights” by California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). Participants will receive a workshop kit to help them brainstorm, take notes and develop ideas. Pizza will fuel the day’s activities, and the first 50 attendees to arrive are entered in a drawing to win a raffle gift basket worth $100.

After the workshops and closing ceremony there is a “recharge rave” primed and ready for all youth participants. With snacks, drinks and a safe space to have fun and dance with like-minded peers, the party starts at 3:10 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

“Youth will leave determined to elevate the power not only within themselves but throughout their communities. Amplify your voice! Register by Friday, Dec. 10 and be a part of this change our world needs,” states a Source press release.

The Source LGBT+ Center Our Power Youth Summit is supported by Elevate Youth California, which is managed by The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, under contract with the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services through Proposition 64, California Cannabis Tax Fund, Allocation 3, Youth Education Prevention Early Intervention and Treatment Account.

Keep up with The Source on our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube by following @thesourcelgbt. They also have a youth Instagram to follow @sourcelgbtyouth — Or visit their web site at thesourcelgbt.org. They have over 25,000 followers across our social media channels, and they post daily updates about The Source’s upcoming events, peer support groups, LGBTQ+ news, and more. Reach out to them through DMs where they respond to messages within 24 hours.

The Source LGBT+ Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Erika Hawkyard, youth program manager at [email protected].

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