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 attending each year), and 10 colleges and universities. Adults may be teachers, psychologists, social workers, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisors, youth care workers, parents or guardians of LGBTQ youth, allies. 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!
PrideWorks® Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization
♥ Pace University ♥ Pro Bono Partnership ♥ PM PRESS ♥
♥ GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Hudson Valley ♥
♥ Planned Parenthood – Hudson Peconic ♥
♥ Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Westchester and Rockland ♥ Jean & Bob Huff ♥
♥ Westchester County, Human Rights Commission ♥
♥ David Diamond in memory of Dr. Gary W. Ranum ♥ Mathew Thoennes ♥