Leadership Day

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Leadership Day 2024: Care, Courage, & Accountability

Adult allies: Join us to hear LGBTQ+ and allied youth speakOUT! 

Where: on the State House lawn in Montpelier, VT
When: Friday, March 29, 2024 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm 

This is a public event showcasing youth leadership, so bring a friend or three - plus a flag or sign, if you want!

Let youth know you're listening and believe in them!

Leadership Day is an opportunity for young people to build power together, and for adults to be informed - and transformed - by youth perspectives.

LGBTQ+ and allied youth ages 19 and under from across Vermont will join us for Leadership Day on Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29, 2024! 

Did you catch that plot twist? Leadership Day is actually TWO days! Over the course of this two-day event, we will explore strategies for proactive harm prevention and move towards accountability at the interpersonal, community, and institutional levels. Join us to:

  • Build youth power through organizing and advocacy skills

  • Craft and express demands for adult accountability

  • Explore current laws and policies and learn how to take action

  • Discover how community and self care builds resilience

  • Learn about transformative justice

  • Imagine and build a better future for VT schools

The theme of Leadership Day in 2024 is Care, Courage, & Accountability.

You(th) know your school experience best. Despite Vermont’s progressive reputation, LGBTQ+ youth in our state continue to report daily experiences of harm and violence in their schools. Only by working together with Care, Courage, and Accountability can we resolve the crisis of harm in schools, promote healing, and build true safety. Youth have the power to create meaningful change through speaking their truth, articulating their needs, and demanding accountability from the adults whose job is to keep them safe. Adults need to listen, understand, and recognize the patterns of harm in schools so that they can create safer environments where all youth can thrive.

Day 1

Your whole GSA will log on together for this virtual event to sharpen your leadership skills and build power as a statewide network. On this full day of virtual workshops and activities, youth will build the skills and connections to transform their schools for the better!

  • Virtual

  • Open to youth and GSA advisors only

  • 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2024

Day 2

Day 2 will be an opportunity for youth to share their vision directly to adults in positional authority, calling on them to use their power to effect change! Come with your entire GSA to build and act on all that we learned Day 1. Youth will share their perspectives in a public SpeakOUT, expressing their demands and vision directly to representatives from the legislature. ALL are invited - including press - to witness youth power and learn from youth leaders!

  • In person on the statehouse lawn

  • 11:00 - 2:00 pm on Friday, March 29, 2024

  • Just coming to watch? Join us from 12:00 - 1:30 pm!

  • This event will be outdoors

  • Transportation is the responsibility of each participating school

  • Lunch will be provided for registered participants

Leadership Day is held each year in late March.

Leadership Day is an opportunity for GSA youth to get in touch with their own leadership abilities and connect with centers of power on state and national levels. Youth attend with their GSA's to connect, share successes and challenges, and learn new skills. They also meet with Vermont legislators to have their voices heard directly and hear what our leaders are working on. Join us to build youth power and create change!

Rally for Change

Join us to build youth power and lots of queer joy!

Register today!

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Join LGBTQ+ and allied youth and GSA advisors from across the state for a celebration of youth power at every level!