Learn about educational opportunities, social services, and other exciting ways for LGBTQ+ and allied youth like you to get involved. Connect with more than 25 organizations, colleges, and businesses that want to hear from you!

By choosing to hear from 7 or more of the following organizations, you will be entered to win a prize! Enter the drawing here.

Thank you to our Champion Organizations!

The Brian Juba Youth Empowerment Fund

The 2021 Youth Summit is made possible in part by The Brian Juba Youth Empowerment Fund. This Fund was established through a gift from the estate of Brian Juba. Brian grew up in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, before beginning a career as a teacher, counselor and health-care worker in Minnesota, where he lived for almost 50 years before his death in 2019. Having experienced the challenges of growing up gay in a small rural community, Brian left this gift to help LGBTQ+ youth across Minnesota participate in OutFront's annual Youth Summit.

Thank you to our Community Leader Organization!

Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university located in Marshall, Minnesota. At SMSU, we are proud of the opportunities we provide to students, the diversity our we bring to the community, and the enrichment we provide to the region. We offer an incredible private-school quality education at state university value. SMSU was recently named #7 in the nation for affordable bachelor’s degrees. Our affordability makes SMSU a great choice for budget-minded students who want a high-quality college education without high amount of student loan debt.

At SMSU, everyone is a valued and celebrated member of our Mustang Family. Our small class sizes allow us to help you make the most of your time here. Faculty get to know you and staff provide support at every step. Everyone is here to help you succeed, to be yourself, and to thrive. Learn more about us at: www.SMSU.edu.

 

Thank you to our Movement Builder Organizations!

Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. We work to achieve racial and social justice for all educators and students; black, white, brown and indigenous; LGBTQ+; those who live in poverty or wealth; and regardless of zip code. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO. More information about Education Minnesota is available at www.educationminnesota.org.

Medicare for All Deep Canvassing Training + Phone Banks

It is unacceptable that millions of Americans are unable to seek care because they live without or cannot afford insurance. Healthcare should be a human right, not a privilege. 

Join us in talking to people across the 5th district about how our lives would be different if we all had access to comprehensive, affordable health care. We will have a training on deep canvassing followed by an hour of phone banking. 

What is Deep Canvassing?

Deep canvasses are candid, two-way conversations where canvassers ask voters to share their relevant and personal experiences and reflect on them aloud. They aim to be transformational interactions rather than transactional interactions that move voters closer towards supporting a given issue.

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm that protects and defends the work of Planned Parenthood, Minnesota’s largest provider of reproductive healthcare and sexual health education. By engaging our supporters around policy fights happening at the state and federal level, building up strong volunteer leaders in our communities, and supporting pro-choice candidates in crucial elections we ensure that the movement for reproductive freedom is moving forward.

Thank you to our Organizer Organizations!

We help companies thrive in the digital era. We transform business by uniting people, processes, and technology around business solutions. Our approach will change how you think about agencies and outcomes. We’re a collection of thinkers and doers. We design and build. We bring our curiosity and values to every project.

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Come experience Inver Hills Community College virtually! In lieu of a physical campus tour, check out our virtual visit opportunities here. Admissions Advisor and LGBT+ Club Co-Advisor, Rachael Youngren (she/her) (ryoungren@inverhills.edu or 651-450-3913), can provide an overview of the college and its programs, as well as information about student support services, financial aid, and the enrollment steps. Rachael can also speak to the LGBT+ club, our name change form, how to share your pronouns, how to advocate for yourself, and the great strides that we have made towards a more inclusive campus for LGBT+ folks.

North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) is a two-year community college in the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. We have very affordable tuition including financial aid and scholarships. There are more than 30 academic degrees students can select from at NHCC, including popular options such as Liberal Arts, Registered Nursing, Business, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Gender/Women’s Studies emphasis. Our small class sizes and variety of clubs and organizations, make NHCC a great place to learn and get connected. One way to connect on campus is through our Queers United for Education Empowerment & Respect (Q.U.E.E.R.) Club. Queer club offers educational events, annual drag show, Drag Bingo and pride parade events. We have an LGBTQIA+ center, named after our two-spirited native elder, Gerry Huerth. Students meet in the Gerry Huerth Center, a space where all are welcomed. For more information, visit www.nhcc.edu.

The Loft offers dozens of creative writing classes for ages 6-17. Classes are taught by award-winning and published authors who love working with youth and focus on most genres and topics including novel writing, poetry, memoir, college essays, screenwriting, graphic novels, fantasy, sci-fi, and more.

Project CLEAR (Consent Leads to Empowered Affirming Relationships), housed within RECLAIM, supports queer & trans youth to identify, prevent, and heal from sexual violence and unhealthy relationships, through therapy, peer education, and trainings for youth-serving professionals. Our therapists serve youth ages 13-25 across the state, regardless of access to insurance. Our HS Peer Educators are presenting workshops at Youth Summit! If you are interested in being trained to be a healthy relationships educator as well, you can apply for our next training in April. If you work with young people, check out what trainings/workshops we can bring to your workplace!

Thank you to These Individuals for Supporting the Virtual Youth Summit!

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Catharine Reid

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John Sullivan

Thank you to our Advocate Organizations!

The Bridge for Youth (The Bridge) provides runaway and homeless youth with safe shelter, assists in the prevention and resolution of family conflicts, and reunifies families whenever possible. We strive to be the premier resource for diverse youth and families in crisis. For over 50 years The Bridge has provided innovative programming that prevents youth homelessness, reunites families, and empowers youth to become healthy productive adults. If you are a youth in crisis or know a youth who needs support, we are here to help @ (612) 377-8800.

For over 30 years Diversity Council have been co-creating communities where each person, regardless of any aspect of identity or personal experience, has the access, opportunity, and knowledge to reach their highest level of well-being. We do that by continuously seeking out and amplifying voices that have not been heard. We listen to identify and facilitate actions that must be taken to foster personal accountability for equity and to change power dynamics. When this work of elevating every individual is done, our community becomes safer, more productive, and prosperous for all.

The Luann Dummer Center for Women addresses the needs and aspirations of women. The center’s educational programs, activities, and resources are available to the students, faculty, and staff at St. Thomas. These services foster the intellectual, spiritual, and personal development of women and promote an open and diverse campus environment. By providing opportunities for self-development and academic enrichment, the LDCW assists women in achieving their highest potential. As the center fulfills this purpose, it contributes to the entire campus community.

The Minnesota School Social Workers Association (MSSWA) is a politically responsive, state wide organization committed to the improvement of the school social work profession and to the well being of children and their families. This is accomplished by networking with other professional organizations, providing leadership, gathering and disseminating information and advocating for children.

Springboard for the Arts is an arts organization whose mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. We do this by providing artists with crucial resources like skills trainings, healthcare resources, individualized consultations, emergency support, and more, and by creating arts-based community opportunities like public art, mobile art, virtual art, pop-up markets, and more. We serve over 20,000 artists a year across the state, helping Minnesota’s unique arts ecosystem thrive, and thousands more nationally. We do this work from both of our offices in Saint Paul and Fergus Falls, serving the unique needs of rural and urban creatives and building solidarity across the state and region. If you are an artist, or if you know an artist, or if you just love the arts, find out more by visiting our website www.springboardforthearts.org or email info@springboardforthearts.org.

Thank you to our Grassroots Organizations!

For 50 years, the Annex Teen Clinic has been helping young people take charge of their sexual health through nonjudgmental, confidential healthcare and high quality, inclusive education services for young people, families, and professionals. Located in Robbinsdale, the Annex Teen Clinic’s services are low cost or no cost. You can learn more, see our staff, schedule an education presentation, and make an appointment for clinical care at www.annexteenclinic.org.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Student Services works to improve the campus environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors at Augsburg University by developing and supporting inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality. We aim to do this by:

  • Advising, advocacy, mentorship, and support for LGBTQIA+ -identified students;
  • Development of student knowledge and leadership skills;
  • Promoting awareness and visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community on campus;
  • Providing networking and social opportunities for the LGBTQIA+ and allied campus community;
  • Training students, staff, and faculty about gender and sexual equity to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment;
  • Advocating for change in policies, practices, and procedures across the campus to be more equitable to LGBTQIA individuals.

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, is a nonprofit organization based on Dakota land in Minneapolis working to empower individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. We work with youth, educators, and their communities in Minnesota and nationwide to raise their voices and unite in solutions to climate change. Climate Generation's Youth Environmental Activists (YEA!) program supports young people to use their power to bring their communities together to lead conversations and action for climate justice. Young people are the generation who will be most impacted by the climate crisis. YEA! students organize statewide and in their own communities through the YEA! Network, Local Campaigns, and Action Fund, to advance solutions that meet what science and justice demand

CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities. We partner with other organizations and leaders to build a movement to win racial, gender and economic justice. We identify the root causes of injustice and work to shift the balance of power to improve the lives of our communities for present and future generations.

Dakota County Technical College is Education for Employment. The mission of DCTC is to provide collegiate-level education for employment that will empower individuals to enhance their opportunities for career advancement and success in a global economy.

ON OUR CAMPUS WE...
appreciate differences,
honor those who serve,
demonstrate dignity and respect,
value and celebrate diversity, and
EMPOWER SUCCESS FOR ALL.

At Hamline University, we’ve set the standard for a premier education since 1854, establishing a tradition of dynamic, forward-thinking education for all students. Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hamline University delivers a relevant liberal arts education that prepares students to think, learn, and reach across disciplines. Our students take the lead with collaborative research projects that open minds, service-learning opportunities that open hearts, and internships that open doors. They graduate with the knowledge, skills and connections to pursue their passion and do all the good they can in all the ways they can.

Jewish Community Action brings together Jewish people from diverse traditions and perspectives to take action on social and economic justice issues in Minnesota.We believe in working collectively and acting as allies, directly addressing the root causes of poverty, racism, and injustice. Our work is driven by our Jewish values; as we honor our history and ancestors, we commit to our shared future, and our own power to make real social change.

Since 1993, One Heartland has been creating life-changing camp experiences for youth facing social isolation, intolerance or serious health challenges. Today, our largest program is Camp True Colors for LGBTQ+ youth, and we also have programs for LGBTQ+ families, youth affected by HIV/AIDS, and children experiencing housing instability. It is our goal for our programs to be accessible to all who need them, and we have sliding-scale costs and transportation support. Registration for Summer 2021 is open now – visit our website or contact us at camp@oneheartland.org with questions or to learn more!

Transforming Generations is an organization committed to ending gender-based violence and uplifting the work of queer justice, especially within the Hmong/Southeast Asian community. Transforming Generations provides community education & training, advocacy services for victims/survivors of domestic violence, mental health services, and queer & transgender affirming programing such as our Queer Sib Hlub Circle, a drop in LGBTQ+ peer support group for LGBTQ+ Hmong/Southeast Asian folks. Transforming Generations is located in St Paul.

Youth Studies is an undergraduate major program at the University of Minnesota that allows you to learn about youth as an idea across time, place and community; about young people as they experience their everyday lives; and about youthwork or the various approaches and practices involved in working with young people. For those professionals ready to return to the next step in their academic journey, we also offer a Master's in Education in Youth Leadership Development. 

Voices for Racial Justice (VRJ) is a movement organization of leaders, organizers and culture workers who envision a world without racism honoring the culture, knowledge, power, and healing of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. We are committed to building power through collective cultural & healing strategies for racial justice across Minnesota using organizing, leadership training, community policy & research.

What’s Next is committed to creating art that furthers the conversations necessary for progress and education in our communities. We believe that in order to grow as people and as a society, we must listen to those with different ideas than our own. We strive to learn new things and expand the way we look at the world, and seek to bring what we learn into the creation of live theater, film, and into our community.