BAMM Pride Summit

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BAMM Pride Summit

Dates & Times

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May 5, 2023

We are excited to announce our plans for the 9th annual BAMM Pride Summit, hosted by MOASH and GVSU! For full info about the summit, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below.

About the summit: 2023's BAMM Pride Summit will be held on Friday, May 5, 2023, with plans for both in-person and virtual participation options. In-person activities will take place at Grand Valley State University. While the BAMM Pride Summit has typically been held in March, we hope the new May date will provide safer weather and travel conditions for those traveling across the state. The summit is for LGBTQIA+ middle and high school youth to spend a day learning, connecting, and building community! Adults and GSA advisors who are bringing youth to the summit are also welcome to attend - consider making the BAMM Pride Summit a field trip for your GSA!

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Building a Movement for Michigan (BAMM) Pride: An LGBTQIA+ Youth Summit

Registration

Registration information will be made available in late 2022 or early 2023.

BAMM Pride Summit

Schedule

Example BAMM Pride Summit agenda:

  • 9-9:30am: Breakfast and in-person arrival

  • 9:30-10:15am: Welcome and community building

  • 10:25-11:25am: Breakout session 1

  • 11:25am-1:05pm: Lunch and activities

  • 1:05-1:50pm: Keynote activity

  • 2-3pm: Breakout session 2

  • 3-3:30pm: Closing

History

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.