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17th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards

Saturday, May 10, 2014

New Brighton Middle School, Capitola

  • 5:30 pm Community Resource Fair
  • 6:00 pm Catered Buffet Dinner
  • 7:00 pm Awards Ceremony
  • Community Dance to Follow

Join us in celebrating and honoring queer youth and allies on Saturday, May 10. 2014 at 5:30 pm for the 17th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards.

Sponsor or Host a Table!

Please consider reserving your table for QYLA 2014. Whether you're a group of friends, a business or community organization, consider attending QYLA as a group and sponsoring a table. Each table seats nine (9) or ten (10) persons. You'll be able to sit together and enjoy the dinner and awards ceremony together. Each table will be listed as a co-sponsor in the Printed Program if reserved before April 25th. Final table reservations are accepted until May 7th. For more information, visit the QYLA Table Sponsorship Information Page.

Advertise in the QYLA Printed Program

Consider placing an ad in the printed program to help support QYLA. The 40-page program includes: all of the nominees photo’s and biographies; congratulatory ads from elected officials, businesses, religious and community organizations; listing of co-sponsors and supporters; and more. Ads range from black/white business card sized ads to full page color ads. Ads must be reserved by April 18. All artwork due no later than April 22. For sizes and prices, visit the the QYLA Advertising Information Page.

Volunteer at QYLA

The QYLA is looking for dynamic volunteers to help on the day of the event. There are many different opportunities for people with all types of commitment levels. Want to play a big role in setting up the QYLA? Only have time to help for an hour or two on the day of the event? Great! Let us know how you can help and we will gladly work with you. To volunteer, review the QYLA Volunteer website or contact Joe Cosentino, 2014 QYLA Volunteer Coordinator, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (831) 427-4004. Be part of QYLA and get involved!

Congratulations 2013 QYLA Awardees & Nominees!

The Queer Youth Task Force is proud to congratulate the awardees & nominees for the 2013 Queer Youth Leadership Awards. There are three award categories honoring today's queer youth leaders and their allies:

  • The Queer Youth Leadership Award
  • The Ally to Queer Youth Award
  • The Organizational Ally to Queer Youth

Read about the Awardees & Nominees!

Thank you to all of the co-sponsors & supporters of QYLA 2013!

A special thank you to Ace's Flowers, Iversen Design, Legend Theatrical, Community Television of Santa Cruz County and the QYLA Core Production Team & volunteer's that help produce QYLA. Thank you to Pajaro Valley High School, host of the 16th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards!

Watch the QYLA PSA on Community TV, featuring the Pajaro Valley High School Queer-Straight Alliance.

QYLA is sponsored by the Queer Youth Task Force and co-sponsored in 2013, in part, by the Pajaro Valley High School Gay-Straight Alliance and Pajaro Valley High School.

Learn More about QYLA

To view the 2011 Queer Youth Leadership Awards, held at San Lorenzo Valley High School in May 2011, please visit the  Community Television of Santa Cruz County website.

QYLA is a Santa Cruz County wide annual award ceremony that recognizes, honors, and celebrates our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer youth as well as their Allies. For more information, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (831) 427-4004.

 
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