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NOT ALONE IN EUROPE

The “Not Alone in Europe” project arises with the main task of giving broad and specialized training on the LGBTQI paradigms to people who develop their work in contact with young LGBTQI migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, such as youth and social workers, educators and community mediators, or even by themselves. The project is funded by Erasmus+.

Aims and Objectives

Project Phases

- Multiplier Events

- Method Material IO1: Developing youth work practices on refugee inclusion

What is Intellectual Output 1?
Innovation Intellectual Output: 01 is a how-to guidebook focused on innovative youth work practices concerning LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) asylum seekers, migrants, and refuge-seeking youth. This guide is based on the experiences, knowledge, and practices of the Newcomers Youth project, which targets young LGBTQI asylum seekers, undocumented people, and migrants in Sweden. Newcomers Youth is an ongoing project of the human rights organization RFSL Youth based in Stockholm, Sweden.

In order to make our youth work methodologies and guidelines graspable for both experienced and non-experienced actors working with young LGBTQI refugees, this guidebook is divided into four parts.

– The first part focuses on queer and asylum terminology that will be used throughout the material, and the provision of more information on RFSL Youth and Newcomers Youth.

– The second part is focused on the ways of supporting LGBTQI young migrants, as well as reflecting on their needs and challenges.

– The third part tackles advocacy work in relation to the target group’s rights and strategic planning for the corresponding advocacy procedures.

– Lastly, the fourth part of this book consists of recommendations, a summary and ideas for youth policies based on both theoretical knowledge and practical experience with the target group.

- Method Material IO2: Innovative youth work and intersectional practices for LGBTQI - YMRA

What is Intellectual Output 2?
Innovation Intellectual Output: 02 is a creation of innovative youth work methodologies and intersectional practices, including guidelines, methodological approaches, and activity proposals through human rights education and Living Library methodologies

In this method material, we will explore the innovative methods and tools created by RFSL Ungdom and the partner organizations together. The outcome is slightly different than in the first Intellectual Output due to the fact that we have collected the common experiences and knowledge from every organization, representing different countries, regions, and contexts. The added value of Intellectual Output 2 is to show that some recommendations are not specific for one type of context or country. We wanted to create methods and tools that can be applied wherever you are in the world.

The methods and tools are accompanied by useful guidelines and some extensive chapters that we think can be beneficial if you want to work with or for the benefit of LGBTQI youth who are migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers.

1. LGBTQI and Asylum (Glossary of Terms)
2. Experiential learning and HRE on the inclusion of LGBTQI – YMRA.
2. Thematic chapters: Gender and sexual identities, normativity and
3. intersectionality; LGBTQI and the right to asylum.
4. Methods and tools for working directly with LGBTQI – YMRA.
5. Methods and tools for educating actors who meet LGBTQI – YMRA.
6. Living libraries as a tool for inclusion of LGBTQI – YMRA.
7. Guidelines and best practices for inclusion of LGBTQI – YMRA.

- Learning, Teaching, Training Activities

ORGANISED BY RFSL UNGDOM

About the Capacity building course

ORGANISED BY AHEAD

About the Innovation development week

- Information about the funder

 

MUCF is a government agency where the living conditions of young people and the conditions of civil society are always in focus. MUCF distributes government grants that give large and small organizations the opportunity to conduct business. Their international collaborations give young people the chance to volunteer, study or practice in another European country.

MUCF is the national agency for EU programs: Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps

- Not Alone in Europe - Logo

Aims and Objectives

The project’s purpose is to contribute to the social inclusion of the YLMRA and encourage them to be actors of change by organizing capacity-building courses, multiplier events in each partner country, and creating method materials to face their vulnerable situations.

The concrete objectives of the project are:

  • To empower, engage, inspire, and support young LGBTQI+ migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in European countries.
  • To develop competencies and support social and youth workers, educators, and community mediators on how to better include intersectionality and LGBTQI+ perspectives in their activities.
  • To generate synergies for networking and cooperation strategies among youth organizations working with YMRA in Europe.
  • To create innovative youth work and intersectional methodological tools that can be disseminated to associated partners and other organizations to share the project’s outputs and experiences.

Target Group

The groups targeted by the program are both young workers, educators, community mediators, and social workers in contact with YLMRA, as well as the young LGBTIQ+ migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers themselves.

  • Youth workers, educators, community mediators, and social workers in Europe who are working with YMRA and want to become NAE project leaders.
  • Young LGBTIQI+ migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Europe..

Project Phases

The project includes several activities which will be carried out as follows:

  • The Capacity Building course was hosted in Sweden in October 2019. Through the extensive experience of RFSL Ungdom, participants work with innovative youth work methodologies and practices, including guidelines, methodological approaches, and activity proposals. The main aim was to prepare attendees for the organization of subsequent activities in their countries of origin through methods of non-formal education covering the theoretical foundation of LGBTQI+ issues, including terminology, human rights issues, legal framework and asylum rights, as well as the issue of how to reach the target group. At the end of the activity, participants were expected to acquire sufficient skills to implement multiplier activities in each country.
  • An Intermediate Meeting will take place in Italy in March 2021 with the attendance of all the organizations involved in the project.
  • Multiplier Events: from March 2021 to May 2022, each partner organization implements at least two activities within the framework of the multiplier events. In November 2020, the Innovation development meeting will take place in Coma-Ruga (Catalonia), where 22 practitioners and young migrants and refugees representatives of the local group supported by each partner organization will gather to exchange the challenges and best practices found through all the multiplier events. Among the objectives of this event will be to revisit and develop innovative youth work methodologies and practices, increase the quality, and develop cooperation strategies within the Erasmus + Youth in Action program.
  • Finally, in April 2022, the Dissemination Meeting will be held in Stockholm. The material method (put methodological material) produced will be shared with the collaborating entities and those interested in conducting the “Not Alone in Europe” project.