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Creating Safety and Inclusion for LGBT Youth with Time to THRIVE

time to thrive conference, HRC, Las Vegas

Post submitted by Steffi Mangelsdorf, HRC Foundation Intern

For many educators, professional counselors and other youth-serving professionals, creating a sense of safety and inclusion for LGBTQ young people can be a challenge.  Now the National Education Association (NEA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the HRC Foundation are teaming up to provide answers.

Through partnering on Time to THRIVE – a national conference in Las Vegas, Feb. 14-16, 2014 – youth-serving professionals will learn how to work with LGBTQ youth facing family rejection, bullying and daily stresses no child should have to face alone. 

Time to Thrive, HRC Foundation's first annual national conference promoting safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth is open to a broad range of youth-serving professionals from all 50 states.  They will participate in plenaries, gather resources from exhibitors and select workshops presented by over 36 diverse national organizations with expertise, best practices, strategies and tools to share.  Just some of the workshop presenters include: The Trevor Project, PFLAG, Transgender Law Center, True Colors Fund, National Association of Social Workers, American Psychological Association, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, American Federation of Teachers, Family Acceptance Project and many more. 

Furthermore, Betty DeGeneres, national LGBT rights activist & mother of Ellen DeGeneres, and LZ Granderson, ESPN Columnist and CNN Contributor, are just a few of the special guests at the inaugural conference, with more exciting names to be announced soon.

Comprised of more than 3 million members in education, the NEA is the nation’s largest professional organization. And the ACA is the largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings. HRC’s Foundation is excited to have such renowned partners helping to create needed change for LGBTQ youth.

Register today to attend Time to THRIVE while early bird discounts are still available.  

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