Thank you for taking time to nominate a QueerYouth, an Ally to QueerYouth or an Organizational Ally to QueerYouth!Online nominations are easy to complete.
The QueerYouthLeadershipAwardsrecognizesqueeryouth and allies acrossSantaCruzCounty for being leaders within their community. Being a leader encompasses many attributes and spans across all disciplines and activities.
If you know an out LGBTIQ youth or an Ally who is making a difference by standing out, being proud and being true to themselves, nominate them for a QueerYouthLeadership Award or an Ally to QueerYouth Award. If you know of an outstanding organization that serves queeryouth, nominate them for an Organizational Ally to QueerYouthAward.
Recognizing youth community leaders and their allies is important. Please consider reading the Santa Cruz Sentinel 2012 Op-ed by Lex on why it is important to nominate community leaders.
Online and paper nominations available. For questions, please contact us at (831) 427-4004 or
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 QYLA2014. 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 May 1st. Final table reservations are accepted until May 8th. 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; 3 – 4 page queer youth resource guide; 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. 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
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:
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
or (831) 427-4004.