Blueprint 22 is a youth organisation for young people aged 16-25 years old. It offers a range of projects designed by young people for young people and operates along the coastal strip from Brighton through to Littlehampton.
Launched two years ago as a new social enterprise led by young people, it attracts a diverse clientele and has established a safe environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Unsure (LGBTU) young people to express themselves.
Blueprint 22 offers a range of free LGBTU projects based in Worthing which include:-
• Profile a weekly drop-in session offering support and the opportunity to relax and make new friends.
• Face Value a weekly group for young people that are transgender or gender-questioning offering group support and activities to combat isolation.
• Screened Out with author Rose Collis an LGBT film-based project looking at the history of LGBTU films shown locally and helping young people create their own film that speaks to their generation.
• Speak Out! a research based project to help young people create social change and to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia using film to translate their message to a wider audience.
• What’s Love Got To Do With It? an LGBT project aimed at creating healthy and safe sexual and emotional relationships.
LGBTU young people have been trained to become peer mentors to enable them to offer support and guidance to their friends and new attendees at the various projects.
Prior to the launch of these projects access to LGBTU support in the Worthing area was extremely limited with young people having to access services in Brighton.
With a new timetable of LGBT activities and events for the Summer, Blueprint 22 aims to encourage Worthing to take pride in their LGBT young people.
Founder and project development director, Amanda Baker, said:
“I set up Blueprint 22 because I wanted to run an organisation that really meant what it said about two key things; putting young people first and getting young people to make it happen for themselves.
“I have worked with children and young people for 20 years and have been a project developer for a wide range of high profile services. Most importantly I am committed to encouraging young people to fulfil their potential and to enable them to reach their personal and professional goals with a bit of help, supporting and steering in the right direction.”
For more information about Blueprint 22, CLICK HERE: