Youth Volunteering Programme 2014/2015
'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. This year the programme is once again very kindly supported by Lloyds Banking Group.
You will have the opportunity to work closely with Britain's leading equality campaigners whilst making new friends and creating peer networks.
Timeline of events
30 June 2014 Applications open for the Stonewall Youth Volunteering Programme
20 August 2014 Applications close
31 October 2014 The programme starts with an action-packed residential induction weekend where you can make new friends, meet your Youth Leader and start to plan your campaign.
You will spend the next 6 months designing and implementing your campaign to tackle homophobic bullying and homophobic language. You will get support from Stonewall, your Youth Leader and other professionals along the way
In April 2015 we celebrate the success of the campaigns and our amazing volunteers at our special Youth Awards in London. We made a special video on the day which you can watch by clicking on the picture below!
How to apply
It doesn't matter whether you're gay, straight, lesbian, bi, or questioning your sexuality - anyone of any sexual orientation, gender identity, 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!
Still interested? Then what are you waiting for? Click here to apply today!