Name of the project: Be yourself, Proud for Youth

Date: 08.12.2016 – 15.12.2016
Country/City: Ireland, East Clare

What was the main topic of the event?

Tural:The main topic of the project was LGBT youth and youth work with them. The training covered the issues and challenges LGBT youth face in the daily life and how youth organizations can work to reduce these issues.

Liis: The training was about LGBT+ youth. We were discussing the current situation of LGBT+ people in different countries, the main issues that need to be dealt with concerning the topic and tried to find some ways to actually do so.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?

Tural:Actually, there were a lot of such moments, as we used different methods, such as ‘Theatre of Oppressed’ and ‘Genderbread’… sometimes it was too emotional as some of participants were sharing their life stories. Besides that, the training also helped me to revise project-management, as we are planning to organize training in the future.

Liis: I was really inspired by the people there and learned again that no matter how difficult the life can be (because LGBT+ people as well as any other minority can face enormous obstacles in belonging to the society) there is always hope and we should never give up on that.
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?

Tural:Definitely! I made some contacts and found some partners who are interested in making a new project. With a partner from the Netherlands we plan to organize a training called ‘Out and proud: How to become allies’ focusing on the topic Gender and Sexuality Diversity, Sexual Health and Education & Advocacy for LGBT youth. Depending on time-management and planning, we are thinking to organize this training either in 2017 or 2018.

Liis: In the end of the training course we started working on our own projects so if all goes well I will hopefully help to organize one youth exchange about sexuality and relationships. The other thing I will always carry with me is to remember to be LGBT+ inclusive in each area of my life in order to create more tolerant society.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?

Tural: Not only this training, generally I encourage all youth to get involved in such projects, because non-formal education is really a life-learning process, you learn totally new skills and methodologies, making new friends and cooperation. It broadens your ways of thinking and gives you keys for different doors. It is all about you, if you want to take this chance and use the opportunity for yourself.

Liis: I would recommend it for sure. Going to a European Union funded training course is SO easy in Estonia and can give more than ever expected. Sometimes the most random conversations with people we didn’t even know existed a few days earlier can be the ones that change our lives the most.
More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!

Tural:I am really thankful to Youth for Society for giving me this opportunity. It is one of my best experiences ever. I hope I will actively involve and help to make the world to be the better place for all of us. Çox sağ olun! Gələcək bizlərlə (gənclərlə) gələcək! (Translation; Thanks! The future will come with us (with youth)

Liis: I wish everyone merry Christmas and a happy new year, hope 2017 will be the best so far for all!

This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme