Pennsylvania Youth Congress (8 Articles with 17,108 total views)

Founded in April 2011 by Pennsylvania students, the Pennsylvania Youth Congress is Pennsylvania’s first and only statewide LGBTQ youth advocacy organization. As young Pennsylvania leaders, we work to empower ourselves through meaningful community engagement and effective advocacy. The Pennsylvania Youth Congress was initially established as The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition. Our name was changed in May 2015 to better reflect our work on state-level public policy. Our framework and values come directly from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the leading youth arm of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. PYC explicitly works to support an inclusive and affirming youth community for all young leaders to efficiently communicate and collaborate.

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March, 2017

Pennsylvania Youth Congress Condemns the Rescinding of Federal Transgender Student Guidance

Pennsylvania Youth Congress Condemns the Rescinding of Federal Transgender Student Guidance
HARRISBURG, Pa. - February 23, 2017 - The Pennsylvania Youth Congress condemns the actions of the US Departments of Education and Justice in rescinding their transgender student guidance. The May 2016 "Dear Colleague" was a crucial letter that provided a national declaration of inclusion and respect for vulnerable students. 
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December, 2016

LGBTQ Students Targeted Across Pennsylvania

LGBTQ Students Targeted Across Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, Pa. - November 12, 2016 - In response to a spike in hate-motivated attacks and intimidation, the Pennsylvania Youth Congress reaffirms their solidarity with LGBTQ people, people of color, immigrants, indigenous people, those with disabilities, women, Muslims, Jews, and all those specifically targeted for hatred and violence this week throughout the commonwealth.
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July, 2016

Advance Our Dignity: LGBTQ Pennsylvanians Rally for Freedom and Justice on June 28 in Harrisburg

Advance Our Dignity: LGBTQ Pennsylvanians Rally for Freedom and Justice on June 28 in Harrisburg
LGBTQ communities from across the commonwealth will come together at the State Capitol in Harrisburg on June 28 to demand that our human dignity be given under the law. Community leaders will call for comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights, including non-discrimination, hate crimes, education protections; access to adequate healthcare and HIV/AIDS resources; and support for LGBTQ youth and elders living in poverty and rejection. For updated and additional info, check the Facebook event page for Advance Our Dignity.
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June, 2016

Transgender Student Resource Launched for Pennsylvania Schools

Transgender Student Resource Launched for Pennsylvania Schools
HARRISBURG, Pa. - May 20, 2016 - The Pennsylvania Youth Congress (PYC) has launched the Dignity for All project as an online resource for school districts in supporting transgender students. The statewide LGBT youth organization has additionally released a model policy for supporting transgender and gender expansive students. The model policy is being sent today to the fifty largest school districts in the commonwealth for their consideration to adopt. The resource and model policy can be accessed at http://dignityforall.payouthcongress.org
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May, 2016

Springfield Adopts First Transgender Student Policy in Pennsylvania; Additional Policies Move Ahead

Springfield Adopts First Transgender Student Policy in Pennsylvania; Additional Policies Move Ahead
ORELAND, Pa. April 20, 2016 — The Pennsylvania Youth Congress congratulates the Springfield Township School Board on adopting the first formal, recognized, comprehensive transgender student district policy in Pennsylvania. The suburban Philadelphia school board introduced Policy 253 on March 15, 2016 and unanimously adopted the regulation at their meeting last night, April 19, 2016.
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November, 2015

October 27, 2015: Pennsylvania Comes Out for Freedom

October 27, 2015: Pennsylvania Comes Out for Freedom
HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Youth Congress is proud to announce Pennsylvania Comes Out for Freedom:  A National Coming Out Day Celebration will be held in the Main Capitol Rotunda on October 27, 2015, at 10:00 AM. This event will be the first-ever LGBT community celebration to take place inside the State Capitol Building.
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July, 2015

Statement from the Pennsylvania Youth Congress on the General Assembly's Passage of HB 229

Statement from the Pennsylvania Youth Congress on the General Assembly's Passage of HB 229
HARRISBURG, Pa.- July 1, 2015 - The Pennsylvania Youth Congress expresses its concern with the unanimous passage on Monday of HB 229 from the State Senate. The legislation, championed by Rep. Ron Marsico (R-105), was approved by the State House of Representatives in a 193-5 vote in February 2015, and now awaits approval from Governor Wolf. The cyber-harassment bill provides for the specific criminalization of sexual-based cyberbullying - by both adults toward minors, and minors toward other minors.
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June, 2015

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress Established

The Pennsylvania Youth Congress Established
HARRISBURG, Pa. May 18, 2015 — The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC), Pennsylvania's first and only youth-led statewide LGBT advocacy organization, is announcing today that it is changing its name to the Pennsylvania Youth Congress (PYC) and refocusing its mission on statewide policy work:
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