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Meridian runs an annual peer-led mentorship program for young LGBTIQ+ people with support from A Gender Agenda. Encampment provides personal and professional development training to LGBTIQ+ youth leaders (mentors aged 18-25), who mentor younger LGBTIQ+ people (participants aged 13-17).

Mentors receive personal and professional development training to help them provide peer-led support to participants. The training includes sessions in LGBTIQ+ allyship, mentoring and coaching, peer-led support, leadership and communication skills, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural awareness, and youth mental health first aid. The program’s training also aims to assist mentors in gaining employment and volunteering opportunities, particularly within community-based organisations.

The program culminates in a two-day camp, which is organised and facilitated by the mentors. The camp supports participants to navigate their gender and sexual identities and strengthen their connection to community. It creates a safe space for young LGBTIQ+ people to express their identity, build resilience, make friends, and have fun. It includes personal development and resilience-building activities and workshops on sexuality, gender, self-expression, mental health, coming out, activism, and sexual health.

We will be adapting the program this year to respond to COVID-19 social distancing measures. Details will be provided once confirmed.

HISTORY OF ENCAMPMENT

Encampment began as an idea in 2014, with one-day camps being held in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Encampment officially became a program of Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council) and in 2018, Encampment held its first overnight camp which was a resounding success! Encampment 2018 was held at Peakgrove Solutions on the Yass River and included workshops on LGBTIQ history, coming out, self-care and equine therapy. Encampment 2019 was held at Lions Youth Haven.

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Phone: 02 6257 2855 during business hours Monday – Friday.

E-mail: contact@meridianact.org.au

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