Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit

Our Mission:


OYES provides free, dynamic and interactive workshops, entertainment, and activities for LGBTQ+ youth, young adults, and parents.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 9am - 4pm | Valencia College West



The Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit (OYES) is an annual free event presented by the City of Orlando in collaboration with local governments and LGBTQ+ community organizations to empower Central Florida LGBTQ+ youth, community members and allies with the resources and education to bring about understanding, acceptance and inclusion. 

Since its inception in 2014, OYES has been supported by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and LGBTQ+ community organizations to assure all communities feel welcomed, respected, and valued regardless of disability, race, cultural background, place of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

OYES also provides a workshop for parents and Caregivers > Learn More



OYES provides dynamic and interactive workshops to address the issues and necessities of our LGBTQ+ community and find potential solutions in a respectful atmosphere.

Youth-Centric Programming

Popular Sessions Include:


Civic Engagement

Participants in this session will leave with a stronger understanding of how to make a greater political impact beyond voting, including upcoming opportunities to get involved!

All About Medical Transition

Participants will gain an understanding the process of medical gender transition. Special consideration is given to the understanding of what is required prior to the use of hormone therapy with brief discussion about the difference between medical and surgical transition.

From Stonewall to the SCOTUS

Much like many marginalized populations, the history involving the LGBTQ+ Community is not taught within the school systems. Learn the importance of understanding the history and the struggles of those who came before to stand up for the community and what is right.

PRIDE Garden

Art Empowerment - Creation of a "PRIDE Garden" using paper cut-outs and glue sticks.

Religion and LGBTQ+ People

Participants will find a friendly and welcoming panel of religious leaders in this workshop! Faith leaders will discuss how religious people can build a positive relationship with LGBTQ youth and adults.


Creating new standards of beauty through artistic Body paint. In this session participants will learn about the history of painting the face and the contemporary way to express yourself with theatrical makeup. We will discuss new standards of beauty through artistic body paint.



Lip Sync Battle

Perform your favorite song or just enjoy the entertainment over lunch.

Out of the Closet Boutique

A free clothing boutique that exists to help LGBTQ+ people find fashionable and trendy clothes in a safe environment.

Sephora: Classes for Confidence

Bold Beauty for the Transgender Community- A class created especially for transgender or non-binary people to learn about techniques and products to fit and empower their beauty.

Serenity Room

This is a safe, relaxing space where you can have a moment to breathe and reflect on the many exciting workshops during the summit.

Mobile Screening Unit

Confidential HIV and STI Testing provided by Hope & Help.


Join Us!

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Registration, Breakfast & Opening Remarks: 9am - 10am
Workshops: 10am - 4pm


Parents Workshop

In partnership with Gender Spectrum, OYES is offering a one-day workshop for anyone who has a child in their life that simply doesn’t fit into society’s notions about gender. Raising kids is challenging; when your child is transgender, non-binary or otherwise gender-expansive, the task becomes that much greater.

You are not alone.

Workshop Details (PDF)

OUR Sponsors

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2019 Sponsors



Interested in becoming a sponsor?

Reach our growing LGBTQ+ community

  • Connect with more than 200 attendees and community and corporate partners committed to preserving an inclusive and accepting environment in our city, organizations and workplaces

  • Create awareness on your corporate inclusion and cultural competence value enhancing the engagement of your organization with our LGBTQ+ community

  • Increase branding by promoting and distributing samples of products and services while

Contact: Felipe.Matos-Rodriguez@cityoforlando.net

PLATINUM - $5,000

  • Logo inclusion in digital marketing pieces, including social media graphics and on our website

  • Full page in the event program

  • Name inclusion in event press release

  • Onstage recognition as a Platinum sponsor

  • Exhibitor table at the summit 

  • Certificate of appreciation

GOLD - $2,500

  • Logo inclusion in digital marketing pieces, including social media graphics and on our website

  • Half page in the event program

  • Onstage recognition as a Gold sponsor

  • Exhibitor table at the summit 

  • Certificate of appreciation

SILVER - $1,500

  • Logo inclusion in digital marketing pieces, including social media graphics and on our website

  • Exhibitor table at the kickoff event

  • Certificate of appreciation


(Unless a 501(c)3 with a direct LGBTQ+ mission/focus)

  • Exhibitor table at the kickoff event

  • Certificate of appreciation

Our Community Partners