21st Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Soquel High School, Soquel
- 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 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm for the 21st Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards.
Welcome Message from Soquel High School
Welcome from Gail Atlansky, Principal, Soquel High School
We are honored and excited to host the 2018 Queer Youth Leadership Awards!
At Soquel High we are working hard to increase diversity and equity on campus and I am very proud of the generous student, staff, and community support that helped us reimagine our school in line with these values.Building on this progress, we decided our school’s goals needed to change to account for the vision and practices we are working hard to cultivate. With the support of faculty, staff, students, and families, two of our new school values are “Diversity” and Equity.” These values are not only part of our formal policy, but we are creating ways for them to be embedded in the very fabric of our campus. We are proud to say that we now have staff members who are out, an active QSA, and many students who comfortably identify as queer, gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, and trans at school.
As a Soquel High student in the 1980’s, the landscape was very different. I didn’t know any queer students or staff. I remember my first girlfriend asking me to take her to prom, but this was out of the question for me as I wasn’t comfortable being the first Other. It is refreshing to look back on these memories, knowing that Soquel High is a different school today. Though we still have work to do, such as more cross interest alliances among our student population, more out students, and more inclusion overall, I am excited to be a part of this chapter in our history. Hosting QYLA this year will be one of our many great successes! I am looking forward to celebrating our nominees with you and hope we can further inspire our young people to be courageous, confident, and empowered. — Principal Gail Atlansky
Welcome from Derek Kendall, Assistant Principal of Guidance and Counseling, Soquel High School
On behalf of the Soquel High School community, it is my honor to welcome the Queer Leadership Youth Awards to our campus. Through the collaborative efforts of students and staff, Soquel High recently adopted eight school-wide values, which drive our daily purpose – among them are kindness, equity, and diversity. Hosting the Queer Youth Leadership Awards at SHS is a positive step toward achieving these values, and I am very proud of our LGBTQ students, and their allies, for making this event a reality. When I was in high school I couldn’t imagine an evening specifically designed to celebrate the accomplishments of queer youth. Nearly 30 years later, I am delighted to be a part of that at Soquel High, and my husband and I are looking forward to honoring this year’s nominees and recipients. — Assistant Principal Derek Kendall