Youth Volunteering Programme
'55% of lesbian, gay and bisexual students are bullied, 99% hear homophobic language and 32% change their future plans because of bullying.'
The Youth Volunteering Programme is a
free six month programme for 16-21 year olds. It gives you the training and support needed to start campaigning in schools, colleges, universities or communities to tackle homophobia.
During the programme you will:
- deliver a homophobic language workshop for peers and raise awareness amongst teachers.
- create a gay friendly school using posters and other materials
- develop a film, blog or poster to help tackle homophobic language
- receive four days of free training followed by weekly support from a Stonewall Youth Leader
- work closely with Britain's leading equality campaigners whilst making new friends
- gain AQA accreditation for your volunteering
When does it start?
The programme starts in November, with an action-packed residential training weekend where you can plan a campaign, make new friends and meet your Youth Leader. Thereafter you'll be campaigning to tackle homophobia with Stonewall, your Youth Leader and other professionals helping you along the way. The programme ends in April 2014 at our special Stonewall Youth Awards where we all celebrate your success!
How to apply
It doesn't matter whether you're gay, straight, lesbian, bi, or questioning your sexuality - anyone of any sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, faith and background can join. In fact all you need, to be considered, is a passion to tackle homophobia.
The programme does require a great deal of commitment so we ask that you carefully consider the amount of work that you will need to put in to your campaigning and your ability to do this before you apply. Obviously you will have the support of your Youth Leader and Stonewall staff, but it's important to stress that you will be the person who will lead on your campaigning!
Click here if you would like to find out more about the application process