Youth Activists Graduate
5th November 2019
Youth Activist Academy has first ever graduation
The Youth Activist Academy has been a year-long project where young people have used their existing skills as well as developed new ones in order to run seven community projects. The projects which all help sport become more inclusive for LGBTIQ+ people. On Saturday night the young people graduated after a day of evaluation and final meetings. The final community projects are:
Project one: A guide to upskilling the trans community to be able to access gyms and ask the right questions to find out if they are accessible to the requirements of the trans community
Projects two: A series of interviews which examine the experiences of different generations of LGBTIQ+ and their relationship with sport (https://leapsports.org/lgbtiq-generations-in-sport)
Project three: A coaches toolkit for football coaches who want to learn more about the LGBTIQ+ community and make their club more inclusive. This was created in partnership with Football v Homophobia and the Football v Homophobia Youth Panel
Project four: An LGBTIQ+ 101 resource for anyone in the sports sector who wants to learn more
Project five: This project is a self-assessment tool for junior football clubs. They will be asked a series of questions and depending on their answer will be given guidance. If they are able to answer yes to all questions, they will receive Football v Homophobia accreditation
Project six: A guide to different sports trans policies so that the trans community in Scotland can have a greater understanding of which sports are accessible
Project seven: BAME LGBTIQ+ Experiences in Sport was a social media campaign highlighting the experiences of different intersectional identities, this culminated in an event with a panel discussion from four BAME LGBTIQ+ people, a zine-making workshop and a healing circle
All the community projects that were created are meaningful pieces of work that will have a significant impact on LEAP Sports work as well as supporting the LGBTIQ+ community to get involved in sport in a number of different ways.
Congratulations to all the graduates!