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The Parent & Professional Institute at the Models of Pride Conference was created for parents of LGBTQ youth and professionals who support them. The conference is an opportunity to meet other LGBTQ-supportive professionals, gain exposure to new ideas and information, and attend FREE specialized workshops led by experts who have a wealth of knowledge and resources for youth and their providers. We will be offering over 30 workshops that will cover a number of subjects including:

  • Being an Ally
  • Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice
  • Coming Out
  • Creating or Building a GSA
  • Dating & Healthy Relationships
  • Education
  • Faith & Spirituality
  • Legal Rights
  • Mental Health
  • Parent Support & Resources
  • Sexual Health
  • Talleres En Español
  • Trans & Gender Expansive Youth

We would love for you attend the conference as a representative of your agency, school, or program. Connect with other providers for your own professional growth and gain new information on best practices for supporting and affirming LGBTQ youth.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Space permitting, you may register on the day of the event. Check-in begins at 7:30am at Alumni Park. You can purchase dinner on-site at The Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) or at restaurants surrounding USC.


This Year's Organizers: 

Celso Cardenas Gizella Czene Chris Angel Murphy Melanie Woloz    
Nia Clark Tere La Giusa Doug Pollock      
Cherde Crane Jennifer Jiries Mariette Sawchuk      

Please direct any questions to Nia Clark at

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