Niagara Pride will host the first WNY LGBTQ+ Youth Vocational Conference for LGBTQ+ youth ages 15 to 25 residing in Western New York.
The conference is set to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. A boxed lunch will be provided to attendees free of charge. The free event is being held that Niagara Pride’s offices, located inside St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 140 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls.
Organizers said, “This unique biannual program has been created by Niagara Pride” and “will be offered yearly as a spring and fall conference.”
Also, embraceWNY will sponsor this event. It has a mission of dedication to equality and fairness within WNY – and seeks to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community amongst all citizens.
A press release said, “Niagara Pride believes that, for many, work is a fundamental aspect of one’s identify. The quest to find employment that aligns with and enriches an individual's life can be a daunting and stressful task for anyone. This is particularly the case for young people who are LGBTQ+, who often face unique challenges in their search to find employment that best aligns with their goals and aspirations. Recognizing these unique considerations, Niagara Pride is committed to supporting LGBTQ+ youth in finding and fulfilling their lifelong passions, while also being able to express and live their authentic lives while part of the workforce.”
To this end, Niagara Pride is hosting this conference, which features four presenters from various local agencies who specialize in employment services, providing information on topics such as, but not limited to:
√ How to conduct a self-directed vocational search;
√ Effectively utilize career assessments, O*Net, and local community-based job seeking resources;
√ Resume writing, interview skills, and other job-seeking soft skills;
√ Employment laws, discrimination, and LGBTQ+ challenges when seeking employment; and
√ Diversity and inclusivity in the workforce.
Preregistration is required. Youth interested in attending the conference need to complete an online registration form at https://forms.office.com/r/j4PQHshtMW. Attendees for the conference must be between the ages of 15 and 25; identify as LGBTQ+; and have transportation to and from the conference.
For more information, contact Ronald Piaseczny at [email protected].