A new support service will connect young LGBTI people living in Melbourne with other young people from around the country and the world.
The SKYS Out Loud program is run by the St Kilda Youth Service (SKYS) with funding from the state government’s HEY grants and the City of Port Phillip.
It will include a social space for young people to meet regularly, a website and peer-support training.
A social space for people aged between 15-25 will meet on Friday afternoons but the program coordinators will link up young people with other young people from youth organisations around the world.
Young people will decide what goes on the website which will include resources and articles while the peer-support training will teach young people how to help others in their communities in areas like sexual and mental health. Youth worker and SKYS Out Loud coordinator Rosa Roberts said the peer education would give some power back to young people to help each other.
“We need to empower them to work together and pick thos people up when they see them and really try and help them along,” she said.