LGBT+, 18–25 years old and living in the UK? Whether or not you’re out, and whatever level of volunteering you’ve done before, you have a unique ability to champion LGBT+ equality for young people as a Just Like Us ambassador!
Volunteering at Just Like Us
Almost half of secondary school pupils say they have had little to zero positive messaging about being LGBT+ in the last year (Just Like Us, 2021).
LGBT+ young people feel significantly less safe in school than their peers. They are also more than twice as likely to be worrying daily about their mental health and one in four is currently experiencing daily tensions in the place they are living.
LGBT+ young people who are Black, disabled and/or eligible for free school meals face even more challenges. We want to ensure they feel represented and uplifted by our ambassadors who go into schools and speak about being LGBT+.
You could help make a huge difference to the lives of LGBT+ young people in school by volunteering.
As a Just Like Us ambassador, you’d volunteer 30 hours a year to improve the lives of LGBT+ young people who are struggling in school by:
Co-delivering secondary school talks in-person and online, championing LGBT+ equality with students aged 11 - 18 years old
Creating and featuring in content raising up LGBT+ young people’s voices across social media and broadcast media like Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Gay Times, AZ Mag and even on billboards (only if you’re out and safe to do so)
Co-producing important content for LGBT+ young people such as the Just Like Us podcast
We believe that we can build a kinder and better world for LGBT+ young people by telling our own stories, allowing young people to connect with who we are and what it means to be a good ally. What would that have meant for you growing up?
What’s it like being an ambassador?
You can sign up any time and enter our pre-ambassador programme to get a taste of what it’s like learning and educating others about being LGBT+. In October 2021, you’ll train to start your ambassador role.
The training is a 30-hour training programme spread out across a month. This varied, relaxed training connects you with other young LGBT+ people and gives you the skills and knowledge to use your voice to effect change.
You’ll then choose opportunities throughout the year to deliver secondary school talks, create LGBT+ educational resources and media content, and support other LGBT+ young people. At the end of your first year, you’ll have improved school students’ attitudes and behaviours towards LGBT+ people, and improved LGBT+ young people’s lives.
You’ll be able to continue volunteering every year until you’re 25. You’ll get loads back too: our ambassadors participate in exclusive employability and skills training from prestigious employers, and can join our year-long LGBT+ career mentoring scheme. More than that, Just Like Us ambassadors are part of a nationwide community of 300 other LGBT+ young activists who support and learn from each other.
Read ambassador Milly's article for Gay Times about growing up bisexual and Christian, and how the two are connected for her
Read ambassador Deep's article for Gay Times about being a proud Hindu lesbian and volunteering for Just Like Us
Read ambassador Joel's article for Gay Times about growing up trans and working class, and volunteering for Just Like Us
Here's what some other ambassadors have to say about volunteering with us:
"Being part of Just Like Us has filled me with confidence and pride, making my voice feel like a valued one."
"I feel like I have a better understanding of my own experience as a child and young person growing up LGBT+ thanks to my volunteering with JLU."
"It’s been very helpful knowing that I have a community of other LGBT+ but especially trans people who understand me within JLU."
"I feel more comfortable in my identity which makes
everything else easier."
"I have been more likely to learn more about the range of
experiences that people from other communities may have."
"It’s uniquely lovely to come together with so many other
Being an ambassador is a way to:
Harness your own experiences and narrative as an LGBT+ young person to support LGBT+ kids in the ways you needed
Do tangible social action locally, which improves mental wellbeing and reduces stress
Influence the next generation!
All our ambassadors are trained and supported by the staff Volunteering Team at Just Like Us, below!
Director of Volunteering
Taz manages the team and plans big changes to benefit ambassadors and the charity
Josh is your volunteer manager, who organises the things you do and supports you to do it
Register your interest in becoming an LGBT+ ambassador for Just Like Us
If you’re 18 - 25 years old in October 2021, living in the UK, and identifying as LGBT+ (openly or not), then you’re eligible to be an ambassador.
Ambassador volunteering also suits those who:
Have a good level of written and spoken English
Can check your emails at least twice a week and respond as needed
Would like to volunteer with children and young people
Have a passion for LGBT+ equality and visibility
Can commit to spending 30 hours training in October - December 2021 and 30 hours volunteering between December 2021 - August 2022 (in smaller chunks, flexibly)
Want to contribute to a diverse and positive community of LGBT+ young people, spanning across faiths, cultures, races, classes, regions, disabilities/abilities and genders
Know this is for you, or want to find out more?
Once you’ve registered your interest, we can send you more information about what it’s like being an ambassador, and help you make your mind up.
If you’d like to go ahead and be an ambassador, you’ll continue through our sign-up process ready to start your training in October - December 2021 (dates to be confirmed, but there’ll be multiple options). Before your training starts, you’ll be enrolled in our pre-training programme where you can begin learning about our work and support Just Like Us through smaller acts of volunteering.
We have ambassadors from various regional, faith and ethnic backgrounds, as well as ambassadors with diverse LGBT+ identities, disabilities and levels of income and ‘out’-ness.
Unfortunately you can’t be an ambassador just yet!
But your enthusiasm for LGBT+ equality is massively powerful and there are still ways you can help improve LGBT+ equality in schools and beyond.
Here are some ways you can lend your voice:
Let staff in your school know that Just Like Us exists, and that we can help them with LGBT+ workshops, Pride Groups and School Diversity Week
Let us know about your own experience growing up LGBT+, so we can keep making a case for LGBT+ equality work by emailing our Head of Communications and Media Amy (she/her)
Raise money for Just Like Us in lots of fun ways, by yourself or with others
You’re above the age for our 18-25 Ambassador Programme but there are several ways you can still help and we’d love to have your support.
If you want to help improve life for LGBT+ young people, here are some other things you can do with us:
Provide career mentoring to our LGBT+ ambassadors, to improve their working lives
Offer your expertise or services to improve the skills, empowerment and wellbeing of our LGBT+ ambassadors and young people in schools, by emailing our Director of Volunteering Taz (she/her)