Youth Center Legebitra provides a more secure and inclusive environment in which young people with non-normative gender identities and orientations will be able to engage in diverse activities, thus empowering them for adult life and society.
At the Youth center Legebitra young people can receive an entire range of support in one place:
- the Youth center program: leisure activities, social events, training workshops, clubs, camps, info point, coffee evenings …
- other activities for youth: writing for the Narobe blog, organizing Living Libraries, volunteering at Filovaje, participating in field activities…
- a volunteering program, in which young people can engage in voluntary activities in an organized and structured manner (they currently have more than 50 registered and trained volunteers);
- counseling and self-help program: a social worker and a psychologist are available for addressing many of the issues, problems and challenges youth faces at home, at school and in society; there is also a self-help group Artish youth creative workshop that offers a safe space for addressing these issues;
- health program that offers young people the opportunity of counseling about safe and responsible sex, including free and anonymous testing for various sexually transmitted infections and a link to the health system.
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There are also different clubs operating within the Youth center. These are longer-term activities, which are conducted under the guidance of a mentor and are intended for an in-depth understanding of different topics or an in-depth acquisition of knowledge and skills. Meetings are regular and periodic. An example? Filovaje are intended for philosophical thinking on various socially relevant topics. Their purpose is to create safer spaces for LGBT people outside specialized LGBT spaces and to enrich new spaces with LGBT content. At workshops, lectures and discussions with guests at Filovaje, we develop skills for constructive, autonomous thinking, the ability to express thoughts clearly, to respectfully listen to the interlocutor, to participate in democratic debate, and formulate our own and unobtrusive opinions.
Educational activities cover various forms of education and training on a variety of topics of interest to youth. We use both formal learning methods and non-formal education methods. At the youth center we organize at least 2 educational activities (e.g. lectures, round tables, discussions, workshops, social experiments, social games …) per month. Some examples of educational activities: LGBT 101, lecture on LGBT community media, talk with a guest on the history of the LGBT movement, lecture on STD, first aid course, workshops from Compass manuals, talking with a guest on topic of transsexuality, watching films and discussion, a lecture on Internet safety…
Leisure and social activitie
These are lighter activities intended to socializing, having fun and connecting young people. At the same time participants learn skills that will help them in their daily lives. At the youth center we organize at least four such activities per month. Some examples include: making New Year’s greeting cards and decorations, making pancakes, board games, Irish dancing, baking chestnut, karaoke, travel lectures, jam session …
The Coffee evenings are an initiative of the Association Appareo, the Tiffany Club and Legebitra, with the aim of creating a public space for LGBTQ non-established artists in all areas of arts and with the desire to create a new space to socialize, enjoy music, have a cup of tea or coffee, laugh and enjoy in a good company. The purpose of Coffee evenings is to offer young artists a space where they will be able to shine with their talent and at the same time offer visitors relaxing, spontaneous, quality contents, with our own note. Once a month, the Tiffany Club is transformed into an elegant cafe that’s inviting you to sit, enjoy your favorite drink and surrender to an art program prepared by young people themselves in association with the Tiffany Club (ŠKUC – Cultural center Q)..
Educational camps address LGBT and other young people who want a more in-depth discussion of a specific topic, e.g. coming out process, history of LGBT activism, LGBT rights, communication, relationships, sexuality, expression of diverse identities (sexual, ethnic, religious, cultural …), empowerment for volunteering work … They take place in a safer and more inclusive environment, outside the Youth center, preferably in the Centers for school and extracurricular activities. We organize two three-day youth camps a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.