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Queer Advocacy Youth Retreat

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

This year's Queer Youth Advocacy Retreat (formerly the QSA Retreat), will be held at Camp Unirondack from June 3-5. This retreat is free for high-school-aged youth thanks to sponsorship from GLSEN Upstate.

Across the country, youth are working to create more inclusive and affirming spaces for LGBTQIA+ young people. School clubs and youth-led initiatives that focus on LGBTQIA+ advocacy have been a driving force in improving school environments and influencing social change within communities. Our Queer Youth Advocacy Retreat is a weekend designed to bring together young Queer and Trans leaders, advocates, activists, organizers, school club members, and aspiring allies. The weekend offers a place for young people to connect with one another, exchange ideas, build knowledge and skills, think critically, and work together toward LGBTQIA+ justice. Youth will come away from the weekend with:

  • New skills, language, and tools that will better equip them to tackle injustice

  • Connections with other LGBTQIA+ youth, organizations, and networks

  • Confidence and inspiration to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities

If you or someone you know is a high school-aged person interested in helping to create a more just and equitable world for LGBTQIA+ folks, then the Queer Youth Advocacy Retreat may be the right fit. You can expect a weekend full of:

  • Educational workshops & training offered by carefully-selected, experienced facilitators

  • Engaging youth-centered discussion groups

  • Memorable camp experiences including games, art, music, campfires, boating, and other outdoor activities

  • New connections and lasting friendships

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Thank you!


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