Diversity and identity training for young role models

Signal of change / Diversity and identity training for young role models

By Areeba Hasan / 15 Jul 2019

UK LGBT rights charity, Stonewall is currently administering a program to empower LGBTQ+ people of colour (PoC) and black, Asian and minority ethnicities (BAME) to bring about positive change in their communities. The program, supported by Comic Relief, is running under the youth branch of the charity since December 2018 for people aged 16 to 25 belonging to “specific diversity strands under the LGBTQ+ umbrella”. All Stonewall staff facilitating this programme will identify as BAME/PoC and LGBTQ+.

So far the program has included participants reflecting on their own identity and experience, getting skills to campaign for equality and  hearing from activists and ‘role models’ from the BAME/PoC LGBTQ+ communities. In early 2020 participants will be “offered the opportunity to develop and deliver content for an exciting youth event which will showcase the campaigns as well as explore other issues affecting young LGBTQ+ people”. Stonewall aims to generate “positive self care and resilience, confidence to carry out effective campaign, a network of people for support and inspiration” amongst other things through a number of exercises, workshops and sessions. 

So what?

This programme demonstrates and amplifies the potential of minority individuals and groups to inspire and create change in their communities. It both encourages them to learn about creating change and subsequently deliver their own campaigns, and also helps them meet people facing similar challenges and struggles and create an environment of solidarity.   How far will programmes like this go towards creating cohesive communities in the future? What other actions are needed?  This signal of change was shared as part of our Explorer: 'Empowered youth today: thriving communities tomorrow'.

Sources

https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/get-involved/get-involved-young-stonewall/bamepoc-lgbtq-young-campaigners-programme?fbclid=IwAR1VqhmNQ3d509_yB1Mt9X0fVWnNM0-LTMT7aIAw5j7xebpbKUpigVZrBGc

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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