BECAUSE 2016 is proud to include youth in this year's conference! We have specific workshops included in an effort to be intentional about making space for all ages of the bi+ community.
BECAUSE fully supports the rights to youth's autonomy and self-expression in this programming, however, we do require written permission (Click HERE) from a parent, guardian, or responsible adult for youth to participate in the conference. This is to remain in compliance with the University of Minnesota’s Protection of Minors Policy.
Youth are encouraged to bring supportive parents/guardians/responsible adults!
We are also partnering with YouthLink to host a clothing drive for homeless LGBTQA youth. Please bring new bras, underwear, & boxers (boxer briefs only), and binders in a range of sizes (bigger sizes appreciated). Donation boxes will be next to registration all weekend. More information about YouthLink can be found here.
All youth (aged 0-17) must pre-register for the conference to ensure access to keynotes, programming, food, and a name badge.
Youth Programming We have programming for a variety of age ranges. Workshops will be available to youth ages 0-13 in the Childcare Room (Coffman 301) throughout Saturday & Sunday. In addition, this year’s conference will also offer workshops for youth between the ages of 11-15 & 15-17. Please consult the program booklet or website for more information.
Childcare Childcare will be offered for youth between the ages of 0-11 in room 301 of Coffman Memorial Union. Child care professionals and volunteers will be present throughout the conference. (All persons overseeing children have participated in a training and passed a background check.)
Due to capacity issues, childcare will be first-come-first-serve unless you are pre-registered. All parents/guardians will be required to sign the permission slip and provide caregivers with personal contact information. It is also required that all parents/guardians remain in Coffman Memorial Union at all times while utilizing childcare.
Infants & Toddlers BECAUSE welcomes breastfeeding in all areas of the conference. If you would like a more private space to breastfeed, please see the registration desk for access to those spaces. Parents are also welcome to bring their infant with them to any workshops or use childcare at their discretion.
For infants and children still in diapers, we ask that parents return regularly to the childcare room to take care of diapering needs and be willing to come if contacted to take care of immediate diapering needs during the conference.
Please bring any bottles or food for infants and young children that they may need in your absence in the childcare room.
Lunch Times and Childcare Parents/guardians/responsible adults are asked to return to the childcare room during meal breaks on Saturday and Sunday to provide lunch for their child(ren). Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the conference.
Questions? If you have any questions regarding youth programming and/or childcare, please contact: