About the 2016 Policy & Advocacy Summit
YBGLI, a national organization that works to relieve issues that disproportionately impact young Black gay, bisexual, and transgender men, will host its fourth annual Policy & Advocacy summit in Baton Rouge, LA from March 31st – April 3nd.
Recognizing the national climate around issues of race, gender, and sexuality, this year’s summit will have a strong focus on racial equity, arts and culture, and social justice. The meta-goal for YBGLI’s Policy & Advocacy Summit is two-fold: 1) to enhance the leadership and managerial skills of those engaged in pertinent advocacy on a local regional, and national level, and 2) to develop a movement that shines light on the structural, political, and social realities that may hinder or impair young Black MSM’s ability to succeed.
YBGLI’s Policy & Advocacy Summit convenes a diverse group of young Black men across class and educational background. In addition, the summit continues to attract a variation of men in various fields including politics, finance, policy, higher education, and health.
Following the lead of poet and activist Joseph Beam, and named after his powerful anthology, the theme of this year’s summit is “Brother to Brother.” Brother to Brother encompass a narrative of resilience against the racism, institutional sexism, pervasive homophobia, and transmisogyny that queer and transgender Black men often have to navigate. It’s a transformative theme that actively cuts across the issues that we’ll be addressing during this year’s summit. #YBGLI2016
2016 Policy & Advocacy Summit Frequently Asked Questions:
1.) What is the Policy & Advocacy Summit (PAS)?
The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is excited to announce its third Policy & Advocacy Summit (PAS). The PAS aims to build capacity and promote leadership among young Black gay/bisexual/ same gender loving men to help them become fierce advocates for their community.
2.) Who is eligible to apply/attend the 2016 PAS?
Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens between the ages of 18 – 29 years who are
- African American/Black, and
- Gay, bisexual, same-gender loving, transmen, or a man who has sex with men.
3.) How does the application process work?
The application is available at www.ybgli.org. All applicants are required to submit an application that includes submission of resume/CV. No application will be considered complete without a resume or CV. The deadline to submit your application Friday, January 22, 2016. All selected applicants will be notified of their status by email no later than Monday, February 08, 2016.
4.) What is expected of my participation in the PAS?
Selected applicants are expected to participate in a pre-conference webinar shortly after being selected for the Summit. Additionally, selected applicants are expected to participate fully during in all PAS-related activities and to demonstrate excellent judgment and character while at the PAS. Webinar information will be included in acceptance package.
5.) What is the cost to attend the PAS?
There is no a cost associated with attending the 2016 PAS. However, in effort to have the greatest impact and include more participants if your employer/organizational affiliate or you can contribute financially or other in-kind donations to assist us in ensuring our funding goals are reached that would aid in allowing for more participants.
6.) What should I wear/bring to the PAS?
Participants are expected to dress in business attire throughout the 2016 PAS. Participants who choose not to dress in business casual attire may be asked not to participate in PAS-related activities and/or asked to leave the PAS entirely. Participants are encouraged to use their cellphones, tablets, and/or laptops throughout the PAS in order to utilize social media. However, YBGLI is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
7.) What will I learn/do at the summit?
The meta-goal for YBGLI’s Policy & Advocacy Summit is two-fold: 1) to enhance the leadership and managerial skills of those engaged in pertinent advocacy on a local regional, and national level, and 2) to develop a movement that shines light on the structural, political, and social realities that may hinder or impair young Black MSM’s ability to succeed.
8.) How many participants will attend the summit?
The 2016 PAS will bring together up to 80 participants from across the United States.
9.) Are transgender or gender non-conforming men eligible to participate in the 2016 PAS?
Yes, the PAS is open to transgender men and gender non-conforming men.
10.) Whom should I contact if I have more questions about the 2016 PAS summit?
Contact the YBGLI Chair, DaShawn Usher, firstname.lastname@example.org for summit related questions and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
11.) What is the location and date of the 2016 PAS?
The location and date of the 2016 PAS is Thursday, March 31st – Sunday, April 3nd in Baton Rouge, LA.
12.) If I can’t attend the summit, how else can I participate/get involved with YBGLI?
Please contact the YBGLI Chair, DaShawn Usher, email@example.com to learn about other opportunities that may be available.