by Louise Kelly, Stonewall
In January 2013 Stonewall launched our latest Youth Volunteering Programme. This scheme gives fifty young people the skills and support they need to campaign against homophobia and homophobic bullying in their local schools and communities.
Over the next six months the Youth Volunteers will drive their own campaigns; helping Stonewall to reach thousands of teachers and students across the country with our powerful message to stop homophobia. We know that when young people are placed at the forefront of their campaign they are capable of making a huge impact on their peers. Youth Volunteer’s from previous years have been brave and innovative with their campaigns, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s group will achieve!
Stonewall’s Youth Volunteers are based across the country. Many identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, whilst others are motivated to get involved because they have gay friends or family members. Each Youth Volunteer receives on-going mentoring support from a specially selected and trained Youth Leader.