LGBTQ Youth Summit- MOVED TO MAY 2016

        Event Overview
The Newark LGBTQ Youth Summit envisions a community in which Newark LGBTQ youth feel connected to their peers, supported by adults, and excited about their futures.
This summit enables LGBTQ youth and their allies to create a cohesive, positive peer community by providing opportunities for relationship development and socialization.  Workshops engage students in meaningful discussions about identity development, healthy coping strategies, self-care and constructive methods for responding to anti-LGBTQ violence. This curriculum is designed to reduce risk behavior, inter/intra-community violence, and improve overall mental and physical health of youth participants. Staff chaperones join LGBTQ youth at the event, aligning students with affirming adults during the academic year and enhancing NPS staff understanding of LGBTQ needs and their capability to adequately address those needs through targeted professional development that runs concurrent with student workshops. This piece is designed to increase retention, performance and graduation of LGBTQ youth in Newark Public Schools. During the event, a Resource Fair connects LGBTQ youth with youth-serving agencies across the city of Newark.  These agencies strengthen existing support of these students and foster partnerships between these agencies and staff chaperones, with the intention of encouraging strategic partnerships and programs to guarantee the most efficient use of resources in serving LGBTQ youth across the school district. Program evaluations and school climate surveys are administered during the event.  This data produces baseline information on the needs of youth participants and assesses the effectiveness of the event, assisting the Summit’s organizers in refining the program (and other program partnerships) for future years.Event Overview
The Newark LGBTQ Youth Summit envisions a community in which Newark LGBTQ youth feel connected to their peers, supported by adults, and excited about their futures.
This summit enables LGBTQ youth and their allies to create a cohesive, positive peer community by providing opportunities for relationship development and socialization.  Workshops engage students in meaningful discussions about identity development, healthy coping strategies, self-care and constructive methods for responding to anti-LGBTQ violence. This curriculum is designed to reduce risk behavior, inter/intra-community violence, and improve overall mental and physical health of youth participants. Staff chaperones join LGBTQ youth at the event, aligning students with affirming adults during the academic year and enhancing NPS staff understanding of LGBTQ needs and their capability to adequately address those needs through targeted professional development that runs concurrent with student workshops. This piece is designed to increase retention, performance and graduation of LGBTQ youth in Newark Public Schools. During the event, a Resource Fair connects LGBTQ youth with youth-serving agencies across the city of Newark.  These agencies strengthen existing support of these students and foster partnerships between these agencies and staff chaperones, with the intention of encouraging strategic partnerships and programs to guarantee the most efficient use of resources in serving LGBTQ youth across the school district. Program evaluations and school climate surveys are administered during the event.  This data produces baseline information on the needs of youth participants and assesses the effectiveness of the event, assisting the Summit’s organizers in refining the program (and other program partnerships) for future years.