What is Models of Pride?

The 25th Annual Models of Pride conference will take place on Sunday, October 29 at the University of Southern California (USC).


The Models of Pride conference includes an Opening Session, 3 workshop sessions with 100+ workshops to choose from, lunch, a resource fair, a college fair, a career fair, dinner, an entertainment hour, and dance – all free! The workshops cover many areas of life that are experienced by LGBT youth transitioning to adulthood including but not limited to LGBT issues.  Happening at the same time as Models of Pride is the Parent & Professionals Institute (PPI), a mini-conference within Models of Pride that offers programming for parents of LGBTQ youth as well as professionals who work with LGBTQ youth.  We will offer workshops for Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) advisors and other LGBT youth serving professionals who bring their students/clients to the Conference.  A Hospitality Suite will be available to them during the day where they can relax, find resources and network with colleagues. 

What is LifeWorks?

LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. We offer one on one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth age 24 and under. Our goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational.

Learn more about LifeWorks at http://www.lifeworksla.org.


The History of Models of Pride

Models of Pride was created in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a means of providing a safe and positive environment where LGBTQ youth could network with each other and expose themselves to new ideas and information. Friends of Project 10, Inc. took over the sponsorship and major funding for this conference in 1998 when the LAUSD abolished all education commissions. For 20 years, the conference programming has included a wide variety of workshops covering such topics as dating, coming out, stereotyping, student activism, cultural and religious issues, healthcare issues, creative expression, and much more. In 2010, Friends of Project 10 Inc. invited LifeWorks, the LGBT youth mentoring and development program of the Los Angeles LGBT Center to take over as presenter of the conference.

After a successful transition in 2010, LifeWorks has grown Models of Pride from less than 500 youth in attendance to over 1000.  LifeWorks proudly continues the Models of Pride tradition that for so many years has been a life changing experience for thousands of youth.  And, as times change for the better, Models of Pride continues to adjust to meet the ever-changing needs of LGBT youth.

Contact: modelsofpride@lalgbtcenter.org or 323-860-7373

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