Youth Empowerment Summit

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Youth Empowerment Summit! Pictures will be posted soon.

2014 Youth Empowerment Summit


YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and ally youth activists who are dedicated to racial, economic, and educational justice for trans and queer youth. YES is youth-planned and youth-led.

This year's keynote is nationally acclaimed poet Yosimar Reyes!  


Saturday, December 13, 2014, from 9-8


Mission High School, 3750 18th St, San Francisco, CA


FREE! Workshops, drag show, and resource fair, plus free HIV testing. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Questions? Check our FAQs at the bottom of this page or E-mail


Mission High School is an accessible space with ramps and an elevator. If you need a ramp for entry, please use the main entrance ramp on 18th street in front of the school. The door will be locked, so ask a volunteer for assistance to be let in.

We ask that all participants please do not wear scented products such as colognes, shampoos and lotions to the conference so that those with scent sensitivities can participate fully.


Frequently Asked Questions:

How much does it cost to attend?

The conference is sliding scale, $0-$15. Pay what you can either online or the day of the conference. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

What kind of workshops will there be? Can I see a schedule ahead of time?

YES hosts over 40 workshops on youth-related topics including how to organize your GSA, launch your campaigns, and know your rights. You can also expect workshops on gender, suicide prevention, LGBTQ history, art, and HIV testing. Due to scheduling and staff capacity, a workshop schedule is not available for participants until the day of the conference.

Can adults participate?

Absolutely! We love adult allies. In fact, we love you so much that we've dedicated special workshops for you in each session. Expect 2-3 workshops in each block for you to choose from.

How do I get there?

YES is held at Mission High School, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco, CA near many routes of public transportation. 

The school is accessible by public transit via: 16th Street BART (5 blocks), F, J, K, LT, M, S, Busses: 22, 33, 35, 37

There is NO FREE PARKING. Find paid public parking lots at:

Mission Bartlett Garage

3255 21st Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 821-6715‎

California Parking Inc.

2351 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 468-4860‎

What should I bring?

Remember your signed release form!  If you are over 18 you can sign for yourself. If you are under 18, you will need a guardian to sign. Adults must sign too. Click here to download the release form.  Bring your form to the conference!

We also encourage you to bring a pen and paper, a backpack to hold your things, and a water bottle to go green! GSA swag such as t-shirts and buttons will be for sale too so bring cash if you can (no credit cards or Square accepted).

Anything else I need to know?

  • SCENT-Free Space – Please DO NOT wear perfume or scented products (soaps, shampoos, etc) before coming to YES! Many people are allergic to scents.
  • All on-site Bathrooms are Gender Neutral
  • Please keep food in the Cafeteria
  • This is a drug and alcohol free event.
  • Sexual activity is not permitted during the event.