GREENSBORO, N.C. — The A Safer Place for Youth to Reach for Excellence (ASPYRE) Youth Leadership Camp will be held March 6-8 at Camp Weaver, 4924 Tapawingo Tr.

Participants have the opportunity experience ASPYRE’s mission and become empowered youth members of the LGBT community, along with their allies, to achieve personal growth through advocacy and activism while making a positive impact in their communities.

The camp focuses on ways that middle and high school students can make a difference in their schools or community. Each participant will leave the program with their own project to create change with a written action plan. Youth will build connections with the experienced youth counselors and volunteers along with meeting other young LGBT-aspiring activists, organizers said.

The youth will gain an understanding of the diversity and fluidity of the LGBT community with an emphasis on policy and problems that specifically affect youth. Additionally, ASPYRE aims to help each youth leader to identify their personal values, strengths and areas for improvement. Through discussions on team building and conflict management, the youth will be able to more effectively lead movements to create change.

Guest speakers will give presentations on their experiences in activism, which will allow attendees to enhance their own action plans based on lessons learned, organizers added.

Total cost is approximately $210 per youth for the full weekend, but generous funding secured from multiple center resources enables campers a substantial savings. Registration for attendees is only $25. Contributions are always welcome. Registration, available online, is required and is open until Feb. 7 or when capacity is reached. Scholarships may also be available for those with financial restrictions.

The YMCA run camp provides dietary needs options for those who are restricted.

The event is sponsored by the LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St.


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