Just Like Us

Just Like Us

At a glance

Causes

  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Mental health
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

Our Vision

A world where LGBT+ young people live awesome lives

Our Mission

To empower young people to champion LGBT+ equality at school and work

The Problem

Homophobia and poor mental health are facts of life for LGBT+ pupils in UK secondary schools: 25% attempt suicide, 50% self-harm and 96% still hear homophobic remarks. These experiences can have a lifelong negative impact on LGBT+ young people’s potential and well-being. And while they are struggling, teachers and straight pupils are rarely equipped with the information they need to support them.

Our Solution

Just Like Us partners with employers to train LGBT+ young people, aged 18-21, to give talks and workshops in schools that champion LGBT+ equality and challenge prejudice.

We also run a national initiative, School Diversity Week, which empowers teachers and pupils to take responsibility for tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying by organising activities that celebrate the value of LGBT+ equality in education.

Achievements

Since launching February 2016, Just Like Us has: trained more than 60 volunteers; worked directly with over 15,500 pupils; empowered a further 250,000 pupils through School Diversity Week 2017 and trained 150 teachers.

Activities

Immediately relatable LGBT+ role models, just a little older and a little wiser than the pupils they are supporting. We train LGBT+ student role models to give presentations in schools that champion LGBT+ equality, bust stereotypes and combat homophobia. In partnership with prestigious employers, we train our volunteers with the presentation and public speaking skills they need to maximize our impact in schools and empower them to enter the workplace as confident LGBT+ young people. Follow-up lesson plans and support help schools build on these visits to embed lasting improvements in support for pupils on LGBT+ issues. Our national initiative, School Diversity Week, enables pupils and teachers to organise their own events celebrating LGBT+ equality in education.

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