What is BeLonG To
BeLonG To is the national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23.
Statement of Youth Work Practice
Our Mission is:
To provide safe and fun services to LGBT young people across Ireland, which:
- Facilitate them through exploration, development and growth
- Enable them to access their rights as equal citizens
- Empower then to participate as agents in positive social change
- And to provide advocacy and campaigning voice so that society respects LGBT young people as full and valued members.
BeLonG To’s vision is for an Ireland where Lesbian Gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people are empowered to embrace their development and growth confidently and to participate as agents of positive social change.
Our Theory of Change:
When LGBT young people are safe and supported in their families, schools & society they will thrive as healthy and equal citizens.
Who we do it for and with:
BeLonG To engages with LGBT young people aged 14-24 and their families, professionals working alongside young people, and all those who support and can be supported by the vision and mission of BelonG To Youth Service.
How we do it:
BeLonG To engages young people through a Critical Social Education framework, while upholding all elements of the Youth Work Act 2001. Through engagement within BeLonG To peer education model young people develop the ability to define their position in society and gain an awareness of the inequalities that are promoted by institutions. Through this reflective process young people mobilise groups, activities and campaigns in order to raise consciousness and seek changes within existing structures. This change can and has been achieved through active participation of LGBT youth within BeLonG To advocacy campaigns.
Where we do it:
BeLonG To provides local, regional and national youth services, networking opportunities for those involved in LGBT youth work and promotes best standards of practise internationally.
In addition to this, BeLonG To works on policy development in areas affecting the lives of LGBT young people nationally.