SPARK Hosts Annual Convening: IGNITE 2012 Queer & Trans Youth of Color

Scholarships for the IGNITE 2012 Queer & Trans Youth of Color Convening are now available!

Different scholarship options are available to IGNITE 2012 participants depending on your need that range from full scholarships (registration, transportation, and lodging coverage) to partial scholarships for registration and gas reimbursement.

The conference wants to make sure as many LGBTQ youth of color as possible are able to attend. If you work for an organization or have access to resources, they ask that you utilize those first and allow the scholarships to be made available to those without that level of support. In particular, the scholarships are intended to increase the participation of folks living in rural communities. These voices will be prioritized in the selection process.

To apply for a scholarship, register online and select scholarship. SPARK staff will follow up with you with a brief scholarship application. Please complete and return ASAP. The deadline for you to apply for a scholarship is August 15th. You will be notified about the status of your scholarship no later than the week of August 20th.

  1. Hear from dynamic speakers, participate in engaging, creative and relevant workshops that will help you create a better understanding of your body, your community and your future.
  2. Meet budding and experienced queer youth of color activists from throughout the south and learn about different campaigns and strategies they are undertaking to improve the lived experiences of queer youth of color in the region.
  3. Break the isolation of living as a queer youth of color in your community and build life-long relationships with other queer youth of color across the Southern region that share in your experiences.
  4. Be a part of History- IGNITE 2012, the first convening of its kind, is an immediate response to the lack of resources and centralized information, safe spaces, and support for queer and trans youth living and thriving in the South.
  5. Affordability – With registration, travel, and scholarships available, IGNITE 2012 is without a doubt one of the most affordable convenings or conferences you will ever be able to attend.
History of IGNITE 2012


Intentional trainings, innovative resources, and use of media to break isolation and build the power and leadership of queer and trans youth of color have led us to this exciting moment. The lasting relationships, skills learned, innovative media created, and risks taken in the spaces SPARK creates is not only possible for a handful of LGBTQ youth of color – it’s possible for an entire region. It is time to provide an opportunity for hundreds of LGBTQ youth of color to learn, to build, to find themselves in each other, and continue to build a Southern region where we can live our lives with dignity, respect, and hope in our small towns, urban centers, and places in between; in a dear region we call home.


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