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Youth Empowerment Summit set for Oct. 6

SAN DIEGO -- Inspired by their own personal stories of growing up, local community members have been working hard to present the region’s first LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Summit, Y.E.S. San Diego. Scheduled for Oct. 6, organizers are bringing together numerous leaders from the LGBT community for the one-day conference, aimed at providing a place for LGBT youth 13 – 18 years old to break down some of life’s barriers.

“In 1989, I came out of the closet at the age of 17,” said Y.E.S. San Diego co-founder Hector Martinez in a press release. “I faced what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to my professional and personal success and there were no LGBTQ role models or venues in which to discover my confidence. My vision for this summit is to offer a venue for LGBTQ youth of all colors to fortify their confidence and pursue their professional and personal aspirations.”

Martinez, a community outreach coordinator for Mental Health America, founded the summit with Ian Morton, outreach liaison and fundraising coordinator for the University of California, San Diego AIDS Research Institute. Bringing their professional backgrounds together to focus on the summit came naturally.

“We both wanted to do something,” Morton said, “and we recognized it would be better for us to do one larger event.” For Morton, having separate events – while helpful – would not address the entire picture.

Read the full story in SDGLN Media Partner Gay San Diego, HERE.