ShoutOut volunteers deliver LGBT+ education to 12,000 young people

ShoutOut reveals the completion of more than 400 workshops in LGBT+ awareness and inclusion to 12,000 young people in schools and youth groups in the past year. 

ShoutOut workshop in progress in a secondary school classroom

Figures released from ShoutOut’s 2019 Annual Report.

ShoutOut is a community of volunteers and activists committed to improving the lives of LGBT+ people across the country through education. The organisation has been delivering workshops in secondary schools that tackle LGBT+ bullying across Ireland since 2012. They have completed more than 400 workshops in LGBT+ awareness and inclusion to 12,000 young people in schools and youth groups in the past year. 

Both members of the LGBT+ community and allies alike volunteer with ShoutOut to facilitate these workshops which address the issue of homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

Volunteers strive to spread a message of acceptance and empathy by challenging students to consider the difficulties their LGBT+ peers face in the classroom.

The workshops consist of a series of exercises designed to educate students on the full spectrum of LGBT+ identity as well as equipping them with tools to support their classmates who may be struggling. With 77% of LGBT+ youth citing coming out at school as their primary source of anxiety in 2018, workshops like this are an invaluable resource to young  LGBT+ people. 

ShoutOut’s annual report, released yesterday, Monday, September 2, announced that between July 2018 to July 2019 over 400 workshops focused on LGBT+ awareness and inclusion were delivered to 12,000 young people in schools and youth groups around Ireland.

Though ShoutOut is a Dublin-based charity, it has had a national impact, with 70% of workshops delivered outside the capital, including 126 workshops delivered in the North of Ireland by their partner Cara-Friend.

In addition to working with students in schools, ShoutOut also provides in-depth training to teachers, social workers, youth workers, parents, and guardians.

This ensures that as key figures in a young person’s life, they are able to adequately provide the support needed by LGBT+ youth in their care.

ShoutOut volunteers march behind banner in Dublin Pride parade 2019

It is not only those who attend the workshops who gain the work done at ShoutOut, but volunteering can also be a fun and rewarding experience.

Ross Hunter, a ShoutOut volunteer, explains his reasons for getting involved in the charity:  “I have been a volunteer with ShoutOut for almost 4 years now and can confidently say I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I know how scarce information regarding the lives of LGBTQ+ people in [Irish secondary schools] can be… Simply being there as a proud gay person can be a lifeline in itself.” 

If you would like to get involved, the ShoutOut volunteer training session will be held in Dublin’s Central Hotel on September 16 at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a Cork training day in Cork Gay Project on September 18, again at 6:30 PM. 

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