Youth Activists Graduate
5th November 2019
Youth Activist Academy graduation
The Youth Activist Academy has been a year-long project where young people have built on existing skills and developed many new ones useful for LGBTIQ+ activism. Seven groups of young people completed community activist projects based on making sport more inclusive for LGBTIQ+ people. On Saturday night the young people graduated after a day of evaluation and final meetings. The community projects were:
Project one: A guide aimed at upskilling the trans community to be able to access gyms and ask the right questions to find out if they are accessible, as well as a companion guide for leisure facilities.
Projects two: A series of interviews which examine the experiences of different generations of LGBTIQ+ and their relationship with sport: click here to see the interviews.
Project three: A coaches toolkit for football coaches who want to learn more about the LGBTIQ+ community and make their club more inclusive, created in partnership with Football v Homophobia.
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. You can read a full project evaluation here.
Congratulations to all the graduates!