Do you want to help another LGBT+ person into a community? Then become a mentor in Queer to Queer.
Queer to Queer connects an LGBT+ youth with a slightly older LGBT+ mentor. As a mentor during the mentor program, you will get to know your mentee, try to create a safe space where mentee can share their thoughts and feelings and mirror the LGBT+ youth in the experiences one might have as a part of the minority group. You meet up about twice a month – maybe over a cup of hot chocolate, a trip to the museum or meet at the boardgame café - as well as find out what kind of community the mentee wants to be a part of. Together you seek out the events as a way to give the LGBT+ youth a nice first meeting with an LGBT+ community that hopefully fits the mentee. As a mentor you will be well prepared for the task by getting a mentor education and being a part of a mentor group, where you can share experiences and spar with other mentors. To be a mentor you have to be between the ages of 20 and 37, identify as an LGBT+ person and of course want to get to know an LGBT+ youth, create a safe space for conversation and not least help them safely into new communities.
To be a mentor you must:
- Identify as an LGBT+ person
- Be between 20 to 37 years old
- Be open and curious towards new people
- Have the desire, time and resources to commit to a 6-month mentoring process once it has started
- And of course, want to help and support an LGBT+ youth in finding a meaningful community.
Mentor education and mentor group:
We want to make sure that as a mentor you feel prepared. Which is why we offer a mentor education where psychologist Sølve Storm (they/them), who also works with mentor work with vulnerable young queer people, will give you knowledge and tools for the mentor role. The mentor education will be held once every six months. As part of the mentor group, we will meet once a month to discuss the specific mentor processes and the possible challenges you meet. Sølve Storm will come once every six months and offer supervision, where it will be possible to get specific guidance on your mentor process. The mentor group is a place where you can spar with each other but also a space where we eat dinner together and get to know each other.
You sign up – what now?
- An introduction meeting with the project coordinator
- You participate in a mentor meeting where you will be presented for and meet the other mentors
- You will be matched with your mentee
- You participate in the mentor education where you are prepared for the mentor work
- You and your mentee meet up for the first time
- You meet with your mentee about twice a month
- You participate in the mentor group meetings once a month and have the possibility of participating in supervision with psychologist, Sølve Storm, who knows about mentor work
- After six months you have an evaluation meeting to evaluate the process and check if it should be finished or extended.
- You possibly start a new mentor process
Does it sound like something for you? Then contact our project coordinator here and sign up:
Do you want to know more about the mentor program before you decide? Then contact us here and come to hear more about Queer to Queer: