Building a Movement for Michigan (BAMM) Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Youth Summit
Friday, March 6, 2020 at Grand Valley State University
MOASH and Grand Valley State University are once again hosting an annual summit for LGBTQIA+ youth around the state! This FREE, all day event will feature workshops, panels, networking, and a whole lot of fun activities. Previously this event, called the Building a Movement for Michigan Gender and Sexuality Alliances (or BAMM GSAs) Summit, had focused on GSA club members; this year, we're opening it up to all LGBTQIA+ youth and allies!
The summit will take place from 9am-3:30pm at GVSU's Kirkhof Center in Allendale, MI.
Click here to see the day's agenda at a glance!
Registration is now open! Registration will be open until February 24 or until all spots are filled, so please register early! Stay tuned for updates, and contact Stephanie DiPonio (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
A few things to note about registration:
- No more than 10 people per club/school/organization (including advisors and students
- Youth can still register if they are not part of a GSA club
- Please be ready to pick breakout sessions when you register
- Have dietary restrictions and t-shirt size ready when you register
- This is a YOUTH summit - if you are an adult interested in attending, please do so only if you are bringing youth with you
The history of the summit and the BAMM GSAs Program:
School Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) clubs can be a haven of safety and support for LGBTQ+ young people and their allies. In 2014, MOASH was awarded a 3-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) to build the capacity of GSA clubs in schools across Michigan. MOASH conducted assessments of GSA functioning, developed a model program for GSA organizational development, provided in-person and technical assistance, and created an annual statewide summit for LGBTQIA+ youth. While the grant term has ended, MOASH continues to host the annual summit with the generous sponsorship of Grand Valley State University, and provides assistance to GSA clubs and adult allies of LGBTQ+ students where possible.