Wizarding people, dear readers! The Annual Queer and Allied Youth Summit is almost here!
Got questions about the Summit? Check out this FAQ’s list and see if we’ve got you covered!
1) Who is allowed to attend the Queer and Allied Youth Summit?
The Summit is open to any youth age 13-22 who want to attend, as well as QSA advisors. You do not have to be a part of your school’s QSA (not all schools have groups), and anyone can attend regardless of how you identify your gender and/or sexual identity.
2) What if you are a part of your Middle School QSA and you are 12?
Any youth who is in 6th grade and 12 years old can attend the Summit if chaperoned by an adult (QSA advisors). You can participate in all Summit events through the open mic!
3) Who needs to have a permission slip filled out and sent in?
If you registered to take the Outright Bus, AND/OR if you plan to stay for the SleepOUT, you need a permission slip sent in. If you are 13-17, you need a parent or guardian to fill out the form, if you are 18+, you can fill it out. Either way, we need all forms submitted to us no later than May 1, 2016. Forms can be sent scanned via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via regular mail to: Outright VT, c/o Dana, PO Box 5235, Burlington, VT 05402
4) My child signed up to take the bus – where is it picking them up and when?
We will have the bus pick up and drop off times and locations finalized by the first week in May. All pick-ups will be early Saturday morning, and dropping off Sunday mid-morning. If you signed up to take the bus, you will receive an e-mail with your pick up and drop off spots and times then. Anyone taking the bus to the Summit also needs to take the bus back, and stay for all Summit events.
5) What to bring to the event?
Please pack light! Everyone attending is able to bring one bag, plus a sleeping bag and pillow, as space is limited. Bring whatever you want to wear to the prom, and remember the Harry Potter Theme! And your tooth brushes! (please note, there will be no shower/ bathing opportunities provided at this event).
6) What if my child has medication to take?
All medications are asked to be brought and labeled in a zip lock bag. We will collect all medications either on the bus (if taking the bus) or when you get to the Summit. All medications will be given back to youth after the Summit is over. All youth are responsible for remembering when it’s time to take your meds.
7) Is there a fee to attend the Summit?
There is no fee – we are committed to making this event accessible for everyone! However, If you/ your QSA wants and are able to help support this event, we will gladly say yes! You can contribute to the fundraisingthat students at Montpelier and U-32 schools are doing, or you can donate directly to Outright, to help cover costs associated with statewide transportation, Summit t-shirts, decorations, and food. No spending money will be needed at this event, as all meals and snacks are provided.
8) I lost my permission slip – where can I get another one?
9) I registered but can no longer attend – what do I do?
Thanks for thinking of this! Please send an e-mail to email@example.com so we can update our numbers accordingly.
10) Is there a cell phone policy?
Youth are allowed to have their cell phones on them, as long as they are adhering to event expectations with phone usage (ie: phones on silent during workshops). Because some folks may want to be at the Summit anonymously, photo’s and social media use at the Summit must be limited to explicit consent of those you are documenting. We will review this more on the day of the event.
11) What will Supervision look like?
Outright staff and school-based educators and QSA advisors will staff all aspects of the Summit. In addition, Outright volunteers will also staff certain events at the Summit (Prom, SpeakOUT, and the SleepOUT). There will be two adults awake all night during the SleepOUT. Should you have an emergency need to contact your youth during the Summit event, you can reach us to relay a message at (802) 777-8220.