BeLonG To receive funding from Google to help make the internet a safer place

BeLonG To Youth Services were selected for their online and offline work to address anti-LGBT+ hate in schools across Ireland.

BeLonG To Google grant

BeLonG To Youth Services are one of 20 recipients of a grant from the Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety program.

The Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety is a €10m fund to support organisations across Europe that are working on challenges related to hate, extremism, and child safety, both online and offline. By funding new and existing community projects across Europe, we hope to support initiatives to counter hate and extremism and help young people to become confident digital citizens.

BeLonG To Youth Services were selected for their online and offline work to address anti-LGBT+ hate in schools across Ireland.

Announcing the BeLonG To as a recipient, Google said:

“Through their LGBTI+ Safe and Support Spaces project, Belong to Youth Services combines online and offline activities to create multilateral, holistic support structures for LGBTI+ youth across Ireland.

“This involves digital awareness-raising campaigns that direct attention not just to anti-LGBTI+ hate speech and crime, but also encourages LGBTI+ youth to engage in help-seeking behaviour if they experience such hostility.

“This is bolstered by offline activities, including face-to-face training for school teachers, to equip them with tools and resources to broach and tackle anti-LGBTI+ sentiment in their classrooms and the provision of specialist frontline youth work to support victims of anti-LGBTI+ hate.”

On working with Google to take a stand against hate, BeLonG To’s Executive Director Moninne Griffith said:

We want to ensure all LGBTI+ young people can feel safe & secure online and offline through training, front line services & a digital campaign.

Since 2005, Google.org has worked to extend the reach of nonprofit innovators and connect them with a unique blend of support that includes funding, tools, and volunteers from around Google.

These innovators are the believers-turned-doers who have made the biggest impact on the communities they represent, and whose work has the potential to produce meaningful change that can scale.

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