The 3rd annual Time to THRIVE Conference will take place February 12th through 14th near Dallas, Texas, and our very own Jamie Jones will be in attendance to represent GALA Youth. The conference is a joining of forces between The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the National Education Association, and the American Counseling Association in their continuing attempt to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth.
Although progress is continuously being made, the daily realities that our LGBTQ youth face include being bullied by peers, rejected by family, and fearing for their safety. The conference engages and enlightens adult professionals who work with LGBTQ youth to the many challenges these youth face every day. In its 3rd year, the Time to THRIVE conference works to provide information, education, cultural competency, and the latest and best practices from leading experts and national organizations in the field the resources to contribute to, encourage and support the safety and success of our youth. The conference welcomes educators, mental health providers, pediatricians, religious leaders, recreational athletic coaches, youth development staff, and others interested in the effort to provide our LGBTQ the safe, successful, happy futures they deserve.
In her own words Jamie is excited for “the opportunity to attend and to learn more about the latest best practices for advocating for and with youths. I am equally excited to have the opportunity to share the information with everyone!” Jamie will inform those of us following the conference, but not able to attend, of the event hashtag and will make every effort to tweet session highlights so those of us at home can follow the conference in real-time.