Building a Movement for Michigan (BAMM) Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Youth Summit
Friday, March 12, 2021 via Zoom
Our 7th annual BAMM Pride Summit will be on Friday, March 12, 2021 - the summit will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. Registration will open in January - stay tuned for more details!
What should I expect? We are making the shift from a GSA-focused summit to a broader LGBTQIA+ youth summit so we can reach youth who are part of GSAs as well as those who are not. The summit is still for students involved in GSAs, and we will still have GSA-related content! We're looking forward to bringing you lots of LGBTQIA+, GSA, and social justice programming!
Who should attend? LGBTQIA+ middle school and high school age youth from across the state! Adults and GSA advisors who are bringing youth to the summit are also welcome to attend. Adults and advisors are encouraged to bring together youth to attend the summit - consider making the BAMM Pride Summit a virtual field trip for your GSA!
Please spread the word and save the date!
MOASH invites you to submit an application to lead a breakout session at the BAMM Pride Summit - applications are due by 11/16! We are looking for engaging, interactive workshops to add to our agenda. Topics can include, but are not limited to:
- Mental health, stress management, and coping skills
- Social justice (broadly) and intersectionality
- Improving leadership, membership, and functioning of GSA clubs
- Advocacy skills to help LGBTQIA+ efforts in students' schools/communities
- Understanding the law, policy, and youth rights related to sexual orientation/gender identity
- Sexual and reproductive health/reproductive justice
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.