The Gender Spectrum Conference focuses on creating gender
sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.
By itself, gender is complex. When you
add other aspects of who you are--race, ethnicity, religion, family background
and where you live, to name just a few--things can be complicated. It's
also what makes your story unique. Join us in exploring these issues at
the 2013 Gender Spectrum Conference, Gender:
Just One Piece of the Puzzle.
In addition to workshops related to this
year's theme, the conference offers workshops for adults around relevant topics
in the fields of medicine, mental health, education, the law, and social
issues. At the same time, 5-8 year olds attend a fun-filled weekend at
Kids Camp, 9-12 year olds have time to play and learn with other tweens at
Tween Camp, and teens experience a unique weekend full of age-appropriate
workshops and events solely dedicated to them and their peers at our Teen
Our workshops and other programming are
designed for newcomers and experienced attendees alike. Wherever you find
yourself in your journey, this conference welcomes you with open arms.
Main Conference Registration Fees
You will see that there are many ticket choices for
attending the conference, as we are trying to accommodate as many situations as
possible and keep costs down for attendees. We are offering the popular
"family" ticket option again this year. Our hope is that
families will think about the entire support structure that is in place for
their child or teen as they consider who should attend the event. "Family"
in this case represents the entire constellation of adults providing that
support. This ticket allows you to bring up to six people (13 and older).
However, if only an individual or small group is attending,
such as 1 adult and one or more teens, purchasing an Individual Adult ticket
plus individual Teen Tickets will be more economical.
Please note, children 5-12 need to purchase a separate CAMP
ticket (for Kids or Tween Camps).
We have chosen to use PayPal to process conference registration
fees due to its high level of security. If you have your own PayPal
account, you can use it; otherwise, there is an option for individuals who
don't have one to use a credit card.
Don't use credit cards? If you do not use credit cards, you can pay for your registration by
check or money order. Please send us a note with the type of registration(s)
you wish to make and all of your contact information. Use the selection
process above to determine your costs, and mail a check made out "Gender
Spectrum Conference Registration
1271 Washington Avenue #834
San Leandro, CA 94577
Please note that scholarships are available;
see below for more information. If you have any questions about which type of
registration is best for your group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family: Early Bird (by April 30)
$325; Regular (May 1 to July 8) $400; Onsite $425
Individual: Early Bird $175 (by April 30); Regular (May 1 to July 8) $225; Onsite $250
Camp for Tweens and Kids: $60 per child (covers both
days of camp)
One Day Pass: $175 (by July 8); Onsite
Gender Spectrum will offer a full refund, minus a $25.00
processing fee, for cancellation until May 15, 2013. From May 16 until June 30,
we will offer a 50% refund. Beginning July 1, we will be unable to provide any
A ticket for either camp (Kids or Tween Camp) will
cost $30 per child per day. Scholarships are
available. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For further
information or questions, email email@example.com.
We are fortunate to once again be holding this event at the Berkeley
Marina Doubletree Hotel and Executive Meeting Center. Reservations at a special
conference discount of $155 per night are available until June 21, 2013 or
until the room block is sold out. The hotel can
be reached at 510-548-7920 or by clicking HERE. We have been told that this is a very busy
weekend for the hotel, so we encourage you to reserve rooms early. Our
block of rooms has sold out for the past 4 years.
Gender Spectrum Conference offers two days of amazing programming that is
designed to optimize every attendee's experience. While workshops don't begin
until Saturday morning (7/13/13), optional conference festivities start Friday evening
(7/12/13) with a social event for teens and a pool party for younger kids.
Programming 2013: This
year's theme is Gender: Just One Piece of the Puzzle. By itself,
gender is complex. When you add other aspects of who you are--race and ethnicity,
religion, family background and where you live, to name just a few--things can
be complicated. It's also what makes your story unique. Join us in exploring
these issues at the 2013 Gender Spectrum Conference. In addition to workshops
that reflect this year's theme, the program will explore various
issues--including medical, legal, educational, emotional, and spiritual--that
are key to supporting children and youth as they travel the road to gender
Programming 2013: This year's conference will feature two
tracks of teen programming, one for teens between 13 and 15 years of age, and
the second for those 16 to 19. At times the two groups will be together, but
many of the needs for these two groups differ, and this content must also adjust
accordingly. A variety of workshop topics will be offered to teens, including
many topics of interest to this age group. In addition, the Teen
Conference will feature specific sessions for siblings, opportunities for
writing and reflecting, social events and more. We are extremely excited about
the 2013 Gender Spectrum Teen Conference.
Programming 2013: We welcome youth ages 9-12 to join us
at Puzzle It Out!: Tween Camp 2013. Like pieces of a puzzle, we all
are unique and also have so much in common. This camp will offer tweens their
own space for having fun and socializing with friends familiar and new, while
engaging in activities such as 'zine making, painting, poetry, acrobatics,
outdoor games, a talent show and so much more. There will also be chances to
explore ideas around gender, in a safe and supportive environment, with
sensitive professionals experienced with this unique age group. Tween Camp will
offer a dynamic and exciting weekend for all who attend!
Programming 2013: While
their parents/caregivers attend workshops, children between the ages of 5 and 8
get to go to camp! Surrounded by a diverse team of experienced, gender
affirming staff, campers will spend the weekend laughing, playing and simply
Camp will take place nearby the adult workshop rooms. Our Kids Camp
coordinators will be present at all times to supervise Kids Camp volunteers,
many of whom are experienced teachers, youth service providers, and former camp
We will provide a detailed schedule of programming closer to the
event on the Gender Spectrum website. If you have any questions about the
programming before it is published, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
will once again feature our invaluable Family Support Centers designed to
assist attendees with medical, mental health, legal, and spiritual needs.
These centers allow any attendee to meet with experts across these fields for
one-on-one support. The centers will be available on both an appointment as
well as drop-in basis.
asking participants to purchase tickets to pre-order lunch for Saturday and
Sunday ahead of time. There will be a few standard sandwich choices, along with
the option of ordering a special order lunch option ahead of time (vegan or
other). If you do not place your order for a special order lunch ahead of time,
we cannot provide it. If you do not want to order lunches, we highly
recommend that you bring your own lunches, as there will not be sufficient time
during the lunch break to leave the hotel to purchase lunch elsewhere.
The $15.00 charge covers lunches for BOTH days for ONE person.
We will be offering childcare for children under 5, which will be run by a staff of volunteers.
offer scholarships on a sliding scale to make the conference available to all
who are interested in attending. We are grateful to the many community members
whose donations to our scholarship fund greatly increase the number of
scholarships we are able to provide.
apply for a scholarship for this year's programming, please fill out the online
Application. Once we receive your application, we will contact you directly
to finalize your registration.
visit us at www.genderspectrum.org
for more information and updates about this year's event. You can also find
resources for caregivers and learn about our many other services and
activities. We can be reached at (510) 567-3977 or email@example.com with any