The Newcomers Youth is a project which target group is the young LGBTQI people (15-30 years old) who are asylum seekers, undocumented or Newcomers in Sweden. The overarching aim of this project is to provide a space, advice, counseling, and resources for the physical and mental wellbeing of the mentioned group.
The activities at Newcomers Youth include weekly hangouts, lectures/creative workshops, yearly summer camps, mental health counseling, and legal advice. The Newcomers Youth is committed to spread the knowledge about challenges that LGBTQI Newcomers in Sweden experience, provide the tools and mechanisms for nurturing their well-being in many aspects, as well as overcoming social and legal vulnerability.
In order to participate in the Newcomers Youth activities, you must be a member of RFSL Ungdom which is free of charge if you are a Newcomer between the age of 15 and 30.
The Newcomers Youth project is financed by Arvsfonden.
(Swedish Inheritance Fund) is the most crucial contributor to Newcomers Youth, and without their financial support, it would be impossible to realize our project. In general, they support non-profit organizations and voluntary associations to help improve conditions for children, young people, and people with disabilities. The fund is administered by Kammarkollegiet (the Swedish Legal, Financial, and Administrative Services Agency).
The meeting place in Stockholm is financed by Socialnämnden Stockholms stad.
RFSL Ungdom is the Swedish Youth Federation for LGBTQI Rights. We create places for young people to meet others and be themselves. Our target group is young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex youth up to the age of 30.
We have local branches all over the country, where young people themselves arrange social activities; from local pride events to movie nights and exhibitions.
On the national level, RFSL Ungdom arranges camps, other social events, manifestations as well as conferences and educational seminars, with various target groups: young LGBTQI people, young people in general, as well as teachers, health care professionals, and politicians. Important issues on the national level are safer meeting spaces for LGBTQI youth, better sex education in schools, and better health care for LGBTQI youth, especially young transgender people.
Internationally, we are active in both IGLYO, ILGA Europe and Transgender Europe. We have historic cooperations with similar organizations in many countries, for instance in the Nordic region. Within the Not Alone in Europe Project, we partner up with AHEAD – Spain, Trajectorya – Estonia, JRS – Serbia, Cassero LGBT Center – Italy, Solidarity Now – Greece.
We have a norm critical perspective in our work. This means that we question the rules in society that group individuals into” normal” and ”not normal”. If we want to make a change for LGBTQI people, people with disabilities, migrants, and others, we need to question the ideas that we base society on. We do that through our norm critical approach.