Youth United is an LGBTQ+ youth advocacy and health education program that focuses on the mental and sexual wellness of LGBTQ+ youth from a human rights lens. The program encompasses various components including: sexual health workshops, mental health interactive discussions, community-building, mentorship, and youth organizing as it relates to LGBTQ youth and young adults. Our conference also partners with local community partners for a health fair that offers accessible resources on health and wellness.
Youth United Conference
Youth United gathers LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-18 from across the Inland Empire for an annual convening of leadership, fellowship, mentorship, and activism. Addressing the mental and sexual health topics that most affect LGBTQ youth more than any other population, Youth United provides a safe and healing space for LGBTQ youth in the region to:
- - Engage in dialogue and peer-to-peer health education
- - Promote safe sex education and trauma-informed discussions
- - Mobilize youth to lead their own advocacy campaigns and activations in their institutions and student groups
- - Promote mental wellness, including defensive strategies against anxiety, depression, and identify development
- - Create a pipeline of youth-leaders that will promote accessibility, availability, and acceptability of TruEvolution health services
Youth United was instituted to create an advocacy platform to identify and address the needs of LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Empire. It is our belief that a for-us, by-us approach will empower LGBTQ+ youth to give voice and actively advocate on social issues impacting their lives.
Youth United Mentorship Program
Mentorship is a key component of Youth United. Our Youth United Mentorship Program addresses three components: Community, Advocacy, and Professional Development. Within the mentorship program, mentees explore Community identity, ethnic identity, and sexual identity to better understand the communities they are in. Our Advocacy component focuses on education and advocacy for Sexual Education (AB 329), LGBTQ+ Inclusion in History curriculum, and Research that is diverse. Professional Development helps foster workforce development (Summer and Post Graduation) as well as helping our mentee apply to higher education institutions.
TruEvolution’s ultimate goal is to create a youth-driven movement that will promote health equity, racial justice, and gender and sexual equality for all underserved youth in the Inland Empire.
FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS
Q: What is Youth United?
A: Youth United is an LGBTQ youth conference hosted by TruEvolution. Youth United creates a platform for LGBTQ youth to discuss mental and sexual wellness. High school students from across the Inland Empire gather together to engage in discussions around sexual health, mental health, and community building, as it relates to LGBTQ youth.
Q: How often does Youth United happen?
A: Youth United takes place annually. Currently, Youth United happens exclusively in Southern California with the hopes of expanding into other regions in the near future.
Q: How much is Youth United?
A: Youth United is 100% FREE! Thanks to the donations of our generous sponsors we’re able to provide this free conference to LGBT high school students in the Inland Empire.
Q: Who can attend Youth United?
A: Youth United is open to all High School students ages 13-18 and their chaperones. Unfortunately, since this is a youth conference only high school students 18 and under can attend. We want to create a safe space for learning and development by maintaining this age restriction. If you’re a college student interested in attending, you should consider volunteering at the conference. Students under the age of 18 must be part of a chaperoned school delegation or must provide their own proper chaperone.
Q: What do I need to attend?
A: If you are a student under the age of 18, you must provide the appropriate release form and permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Students and chaperones over the age of 18 will be asked to provide a self-signed media release form during on-site registration.
Q: Will lunch be served?
A: Lunch is provided free of charge to all participants who preregistered online. Onsite registrants will be provided lunch free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. If you have a special dietary need please contact: Jorge Delos Santos at Jorged@truevolution.org
Q: Is transportation provided?
A: Transportation is not provided for Youth United. If you are a school with a large group of students and you’re experiencing hardship in acquiring a bus for transportation, please contact Jorge Delos Santos at JorgeD@truevolution.org
Q: Who can I contact should I have more questions about the conference?
A: Please direct all questions to Jorge Delos Santos by emailing JorgeD@truevolution.org
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into serving our community. We offer various services and programs geared toward educating and empowring the lives of LGBTQ people.