Youth Empowerment Summit


The Youth Empowerment Summit is an annual GSA Leadership Conference that happens every December in San Francisco.


YES is a free annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, allied, and intersex (LGBTQQAAI) youth activists and allies who are dedicated to defeating homophobia and transphobia and creating safe, supportive schools for everyone. YES is youth-planned and youth-led.

This year's YES theme is Educational Justice for LGBTQ Youth. Come learn how educational justice is a queer youth justice issue!

YES 2012 drew over 700 attendees to San Francisco's Mission High School! Let's make YES 2013 bigger and more fabulous than ever!


Saturday, December 14, 2013, 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.

2013 Youth Empowerment Summit

The 2013 Youth Empowerment Summit took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Mission High School in San Francisco.

Questions? Check our FAQs at the bottom of this page



2012 Youth Empowerment Summit: Highlight

Epic.  That’s one way to describe the 8th annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) that took place on Saturday, December 15th.  YES draws hundreds of queer and straight ally youth, as well as their adult allies to San Francisco for one epic day of learning about safe schools, networking and fun!

“How many hundreds?” you might ask. This year, we set an epic record of over 700 attendees at our conference! The masses descended upon Mission High School to attend a jam-packed day of conference programming including over 40 workshops, a resource fair featuring 21 organizations, regional discussion groups, and a youth only dance and drag show... Click here to keep reading and see photos from the 2012 Youth Empowerment Summit! 







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.
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