A number of school students in Co Wexford now have better understanding of LGBTI+ issues, and been empowered to effect change in their schools in an effort to improve the lives of LGBTI+ students.
It’s all thanks to the Just Be You LGBTI+ Youth Programme. The Just Be You programme was piloted with Transition Year students from Ramsgrange Community School and consisted for four sessions.
During the sessions, information was gathered and fed into a Resource Pack created for schools. It consists of
(a) information on Anti-Bullying Policies, An A-Z of Terms, Discrimination of LGBTI+ People Facts,
The History of the Rainbow Flag, A Teachers Guide to ‘Just Be You’, LGBTI+ FAQs, and Stonewall: A History;
(b) a Coming-Out Guide, and
(c) examples of rainbow stickers branded with ‘Just Be You’ and a USB with the ‘Just Be You Programme in Full’.
The students made rainbow wristbands that they wore to show solidarity with LGBTI+ young people which were worn by staff and students alike.
The Just Be You programme was evaluated for an Investing in Children Membership AwardTM in February 2018 and awarded membership in April 2018.