PrideWorks’ mission is to INFORM our communities about the realities of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, and to INSPIRE them to respect and support LGBTQ people and to ADVOCATE for positive change.
Our conference is a full-day educational experience that promotes a positive message, teaches leadership skills, and fosters a sense of community for LGBTQ Youth, their allies and the adults in their lives in the lower Hudson Valley. Workshops and seminars are carefully selected that focus on creating safe and supportive environments and improving self-advocacy and leadership skills so attendees can better understand themselves, advocate for equality, and enhance their schools and communities.
The conference each year draws over 500 attendees. Typically, 70% are students and 30% are adults. About 20% of the students identify as LGBTQ. Attendees over the past 15 years have come from over 70 different middle and high schools (most of them attending every year), and 10 colleges and universities. Adults are typically teachers, psychologists, social workers, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisors, youth care workers, parents or guardians of LGBTQ youth, allies, and part of the LGBTQ community attend too! About 40% identify as part of the LGBTQ community. Most attendees come from the tri-state area (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties in New York, New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey, but we have had visitors from as far away as Ohio, California, and Toronto, Canada — making us INTERNATIONAL!
♥ Westchester Pride Coalition ♥ The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland ♥ Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Weber ♥ Lourdes Font ♥ The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton and Ossining ♥ The First Unitarian Society of Westchester ♥ Community Unitarian Church of White Plains ♥ In Memory of Dennis Aiello ♥ Westchester County ♥ Pepsico ♥ David Diamond ♥ Mathew Thoennes ♥ Pepsico ♥ James Hyer ♥ Linda Barat ♥ PFLAG Rockland County ♥ David M. Brand Agency ♥