The second day of HRC Foundation’s seventh annual Time to THRIVE Conference concluded on Saturday after a day full of featured speakers, special guests, breakout workshops, a panel discussion and a film screening.
Time to THRIVE is held in partnership with the American Counseling Association and the National Education Association, with AT&T, BBVA and Toyota as presenting sponsors. In its seventh year, HRC Foundation’s premier national event addresses safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth, and brings together youth-serving professionals to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their families in schools, community centers, health care settings and beyond.
.@HRC's seventh annual #TimeToTHRIVE Conference is made possible thanks to our presenting sponsors @ATT, @BBVA_USA and @Toyota. Your support makes a difference in the lives of LGBTQ youth everywhere. �� pic.twitter.com/EwzfAuU4PL— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 15, 2020
During this morning plenary, speakers include Youth Ambassadors Makayla Humphrey, Brooklyn Adele Owen, Nhandi Craig, Joseph Reed Jr., Sean Bender-Prouty and Ace Auker and, Senior Analyst of Corporate Tax Projects and Chair of the Spectrum LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group of Toyota Motor North America Brandon Willingham, HRC Foundation Welcoming School’s Johanna Eager, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of the YMCA of the USA Lynda Gonzales-Chavez, CEO and Executive Director of The Trevor Project Amit Paley, members of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council Lizette Trujillo and Ashley Rhodes-Courter andExecutive Director of National Parent Teacher Association Nathan Monell.
Moved to tears watching Lynda Gonzales-Chavez, Sr VP/Chief Diversity Officer of the YMCA of the USA - and my hero - speak at plenary session of HRC’s Time to Thrive conference. I could not be more proud to work for this remarkable organization. #ymca #ymcaforall #lgbtq #forall pic.twitter.com/PboJbUstiy— Mary Capers Bledsoe (@mcbledsoe) February 15, 2020
Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassadors’ plea to educators, “We need you! We need your support!” Attending Time To Thrive Conference, promoting inclusion, and wellbeing for LGBTQ youth. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qJ5z7h70ZF— Maria M. (@mer1mer2) February 15, 2020
During the lunch plenary, attendees heard from HRC Youth Ambassadors, Nicole Talbot, Zimar Batista, Zimar Batista, Jonathan Leggette and Avi Pacheco, Rep. Angie Craig and CDC Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention Dr. Kathleen Ethier.
I was honored to speak at #TimeToTHRIVE today, and I’m proud to work with all of you, because when we have a broader range of voices at the table, all of our communities are stronger. https://t.co/X5u3LJLsnE— Angie Craig (@RepAngieCraig) February 15, 2020
HRC Foundation’s HBCU Program Director Leslie Hall also facilitated a panel discussion about the intersecting identities of LGBTQ people of color with current and former Youth Ambassadors Nakiya Lynch, Nhandi Craig and Joseph Reed Jr., Zoey Luna and Sameer Jha.
Throughout the afternoon, attendees took part in breakout workshops before watching a screening of the film, “The Most Dangerous Year” and participating in a Q&A session with the filmmaker and cast members in the evening.
Can. Not. Get. Enough. Of. The. Youth. Voice!!! �������������� Joseph Reed Molly Pinta Savannah Skyler Ashton Mota @humanrightscampaign #TimeToThrive #WelcomingSchools #MightyTeens #YouthVoice #youngpeoplematter #NextGeneration #Advocacy #Equality #YouAreLoved #YouAreEnough #YouthMatter #ProtectTransYouth #Love #Acceptance #SocialWorker
"My identity was not a distraction, homophobia was" - @CraigNhandi speaking about school administrators who told her her sexual orientation was a distraction when she was outed by a classmate #TimeToTHRIVE— Charlotte McConnell (@trustinkind) February 15, 2020
It was a joy to present about the work of Faith, Hope & Love: Building Safer and More Welcoming Congregations for LGBTQ+ Youth at @humanrightscampaign’s #TimeToThrive conference with @therealrebekah and @lee.zandstra. We passionately believe in this work and the importance of people of faith loudly, boldly, and joyfully proclaiming that LGBTQ+ folx are whole and holy... and actively creating affirming faith spaces. Adults who work with LGBTQ+ youth in all disciplines need to be equipped for these conversations and connections to faith spaces. #faithhopeloveNJ #advocateadventures #faithfullyLGBT #affirmingfaith #lgbtqyouth #queervoices #njsynod #elca #lutheran
Being in the room with so many other passionate queer and ally activists and advocates is so wonderful. Knowing there are so many resources and motivated adults out there providing support for queer youth nowadays is so heartwarming and I'm proud to be one of them. #TimeToTHRIVE— ������ k n c ������ (@kncamb) February 15, 2020
Powerful words from my first session. Spending my weekend learning how to better support our LGBTQ+ students at the Time to THRIVE conference. Thankful to #FCCPS for sending us! @mehms pic.twitter.com/k7s2HUGhYy— Alyssa Jacobson (@CounselorAJ) February 15, 2020
A great experience screening #TheMostDangerousYear at #TimeToTHRIVE yesterday! And a deeply thoughtful and moving conversation with Human Rights Campaign’s Youth Ambassadors after the screening. Thanks for all you do, @HRC! #ProtectTransKids #ProtectLGBTQYouth #EducationalFilm pic.twitter.com/FQx7Nw8pKz— Vlada Knowlton (@VladaKnowlton) February 16, 2020