NYCoRE Conference Biennial Statement

Hello NYCoRE Family,

Over last seven years, the annual NYCoRE conference has grown from a small gathering of 150 people, to over 1200 students, educators, activists and community members!  We have worked hard to create an inclusive and justice-oriented space filled with new ideas, art, education and love.  Through the years, we have developed many exciting features, such as child care, kids track, inclusive name tags, interactive arts, pass the hat, a social media team, youth open mic lunch, breakfast/lunch/snack, all day coffee, community and raffle time with a DJ, organizational and sales tables, stellar keynote speakers, and over 75 annual youth and adult-led workshops.  Thank you for your support as we continue to build toward a radical and socially just world.

While our conference has grown in attendance, effort, workshops, and mouths to feed, our capacity has not.  We have always been and continue to be an all-volunteer grassroots organization made up of people employed in other full-time jobs.  Because of our commitment to continue to maintain the high quality of the NYCoRE conference, we have decided to move to a biennial model.  From now on, we will hold the conference every other year, in the off years of the Free Minds Free People conference, put on by one of our sister organizations, The Education for Liberation Network.  Therefore, NYCoRE will not hold our event in 2017, but will be back in 2018 for our 8th, now biennial, conference.  

Thank you for your understanding and support.
NYCoRE

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Check Out Friday’s Workshops!

It’s not too late to register for this Friday’s Beyond Tolerance Conference!

Join us May 6th at Vanguard High School- 317 E 67th St.

Afternoon Schedule:
4:30pm – 5:20pm: Expo-style tabling & snacks (community groups and student groups)
5:30pm – 6:20pm: Session I workshops
6:30pm – 7:20pm: Session II workshops
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Open Mic
Afternoon Workshops Include:BookUp LGBTQ: Reading Our Own Stories
Led by an LGBTQ author, BookUp LGBTQ is an afterschool reading program where students get to choose and keep all the books they read. Students also get to go on fieldtrips to local libraries, queer bookstores and LGBTQ historic sites throughout the city. In the workshop, we’ll be doing one of the opening activities of BookUp, “Judge a Book By It’s Cover”, where we look at a bunch of books and, just based on the cover we talk about whether we’d read the book, why/ why not and then see if that changes once we read the first page of the book. It’s a great way to start unpacking our own biases and interests and an opportunity to talk about the publishing world and what goes into marketing a book cover.
How We G.L.O.W: exploring lgbtq+ youth identity through interview theatre
Participants in this workshop will first watch a live performance based on interviews with lgbtq+ youth and then participate in a discussion with creators and actors. The How We G.L.O.W. Project amplifies the voices of lgbtq+ youth through interview theatre. Creators Jamila Humphrie and Emily Schorr Lesnick completed 21 interviews with young people of diverse backgrounds about their identities, the labels they claim or create, and the biggest issues facing their communities.
The Shade is Real  In this workshop we will be screening a youth produced film by SupaFriends followed by youth discussion on LGBTQ issues in schools.

Creating Trans Affirming Schools  The New York State Department of Education recently released the Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students (TGNC), which expands on the protections that Title IX and the Dignity for All Students Act have established. This workshop will explore the implications of these laws and policies for educators as well as best practices. Professionals and students will leave with concrete strategies and tips for making your school a safer and more affirming environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students.#Thatsnotlove – Addressing Emotional Abuse  The One Love Foundation was created in honor of Yeardley Love, a UVA senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend in 2010. The goal of the One Love Foundation is to prevent relationship violence by educating the most at-risk individuals, those between the ages of 16-24, about the varied signs of abuse and what healthy and unhealthy relationships looks like. During this workshop, students will learn about One Love’s #ThatsNotLove campaign, which shines a light specifically on emotional abuse using short digital clips. Attendees will learn about the warning signs of relationship abuse, and how to step in if you see these signs your own relationship for a loved one’s.

INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED  Play essential games from the arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed and participate in a forum theatre demonstration. Connect the tool of Theatre of the Oppressed to human rights and oppression as it affects your community through dialogue and brainstorming.

Don’t Stand By, Stand Up!: Strategies to Stop Bullying  This interactive workshop allows participants the opportunity to identify and explore types of bullying and bystander behaviors. Through role-play, participants will better understand bystander behavior and have the opportunity to practice effective and appropriate responses to bullying.

Starting Conversations: Queer Identities and LGBTQ Families  Join members of NYQueer as they share lesson ideas, comprehensive read-alouds, and pertinent discussion-starters to begin discussions of gender and address the LGBTQ-community at any age. Participants will have the opportunity to share and develop their own ideas for addressing gender, and leave with resources on this important topic.

How You Like It! A sexual health workshop geared to empower young people around how to make sexual behaviors pleasurable and safe at the same time.

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RSVP for Beyond Tolerance!

Vanguard High School -317 E 67th St  (btwn 1st and 2nd ave)
4:30-8:30pm

NYQueer’s 10th annual Beyond Tolerance Conference focuses on issues pertaining to gender and sexuality.  It is organized for high school students, high school age youth, and the adults who work with them.  Come attend workshops, network with other attendees, and meet with people from local organizations that provide resources in our area.

Afternoon Schedule:
4:30pm – 5:20pm: Expo-style tabling & snacks (community groups and student groups)
5:30pm – 6:20pm: Session I workshops
6:30pm – 7:20pm: Session II workshops
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Open Mic

 

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