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The first annual Queer Youth Leadership Summit, (QYLS or “quills” for short), will be hosted by the GLBT Center at NC State University on February 17, 2018. This one-day event will give you the tools necessary to strengthen your impact on your high school community and create a more socially-just world. By bringing together students from Wake and Durham County high schools, QYLS gives you the opportunity to build connections with other pre-college students, build skills for social justice advocacy, learn about resources and tools that have helped NC State students transition to college, and practice creating long-term and short-term action plans to enact change in your local community.

Have you ever wondered…

    • What should you know as LGBTQQIA+ or allied student entering college?
    • What does it mean to advocate for yourself and be a successful student?
    • How can you build or maintain a successful high school GSA/QSA?
    • How can you start building a coalition of peers that can make a real impact on social justice issues?

If finding the answers to these questions aligns with your passions, then you’re ready for the first Queer Youth Leadership Summit hosted by the GLBT Center at NC State University!



QYLS is a full day of workshops, panels, action planning, coalition building, and advocacy.  Transportation, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

SATURDAY February 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Talley Student Union, NC State University


9:00-10:00: Breakfast and Registration
10:00-10:05: Welcome Address
10:05-10:30: Keynote Address
10:45-11:45: Workshop 1
12:00-12:45: Lunch with Panel “Transitioning to College as a Queer/Trans Youth”
1:00-2:15: Workshop 2
2:30-3:45: Workshop 3
4:00-4:30: Round Tables: Action Planning Short Term and Long Term
4:30-5:00: Closing Address


Dear Parent/Guardian,
Your student is invited to take part in a research study to see how well the Queer Youth Leadership Summit met its learning outcomes and objectives. All students, regardless of their participation in this research, will be completing 1) an introductory survey, 2) an action plan worksheet, 3) an end-of-day assessment survey, and 4) will receive follow-up communication about their action plan. These materials will be only used for research if the attached Informed Consent document is signed by you and your student. This research will be used to improve future leadership summits. Participation is completely voluntary and confidential.

To allow your student to participate in this study, please sign and return the consent form found in the download above. If you have any questions about the study, please contact us at, or (919) 513-9742. Please see the Informed Consent document for more information. Your participation or lack thereof will not affect your relationship with us, the GLBT Center, NC State, or the Queer Youth Leadership Summit.



  • Participants will gain an increased sense of community with fellow high school students, NC State University, and the greater Triangle communities, both in terms of personal connection and camaraderie and in terms of available resources and opportunities.
  • Participants will gain awareness of the way the lived experiences of GLBT individuals vary and are influenced by their race, religion, ethnicity, age, ability status, social class, and other social characteristics.
    Participants will feel more confident in their ability to define and challenge oppression and injustice faced by those in the GLBT community.
    Participants will develop leadership skills and discover new skills through educational workshops and strategic leadership development.
    Participants will gain tools to create social change in their local high school, neighborhood, future college, or place of employment.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact Preston Keith at 919.513.7979.