Youth Empowerment Summit

2015 Youth Empowerment Summit 

November 21, 2015

The 11th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) will be held Saturday, November 21st, 2015 at John O'Connell High School, located at 2355 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.

We are thrilled to announce that CeCe McDonald will be giving the keynote address at this year's Youth Empowerment Summit (YES).

GSA Network Presents YES, Logo

Online Registration Closed


****On-site registration will be limited to the first 100 youth.****

Walk-in participants are not guaranteed entrance.

Event Release Form - Printed forms can be turned in at YES registration.

All YES Participants, Workshop Presenters, Tabling Organizations and Volunteers are required to complete an Event Release form.  If you are under the age of 18, you will need to have the form signed by a parent or guardian prior to arriving at YES.  Click Here for a PDF copy of the Event Release Form.  

About YES

WHAT: YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans* and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led. 

WHEN: Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 9AM-8:30PM

WHERE: John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

COST: FREE! This includes workshops, drag show, resource fair, and dance, plus free HIV testing. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

The dance is open to all registered participants of YES.  This year's dance will include a vogue-inspired drag show open mic. Bring your costume, music (USB or CD), props, and talent to YES, and showcase your creativity. Sign ups will be taken during the dance.

About CeCe McDonald

CeCe McDonald, an aspiring fashion student living in Minneapolis, was attacked by a racist, transphobic mob while walking to the grocery store in July of 2010. One of her attackers, intoxicated and adorned with a swastika tattoo, died days following the incident.  CeCe was charged with two murders and was threatened with up to 80 years in prison for daring to defend herself. 

While imprisoned, she discovered that her story was not unique, but that she was among many Black people-particularly Black, trans women-railroaded to prison.

The stories of Assata Shakur, Angela Davis, and Mumia Abu-Jamal inspired her to fight not only for her freedom but for all trans women who have been slain or made victims in the criminal injustice system. Since her release in January of 2014, CeCe has become a leading and outspoken activist, inspiring many to take action against mass incarceration and for racial justice and trans liberation.


We are excited about YES this year! We want to say a special thank you to Juanita MORE!, whose fundraising efforts have made it possible to bring you an amazing YES, and our dedicated, youth-led steering committee. 

Big thanks also to our co-sponsor Project Do More, who for a second year will help us organize the YES Dance:
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