Camp Out – Creating alternative spaces to foster self-expression, community development and peer learning for LGBTIQA young people

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Practice. Connect. Celebrate
Presenter: Claire Pettigrew, Anastasia Zaravinos, Giulia Fragiacomo, Susan Farrar
Presentation Title: Camp Out – Creating alternative spaces to foster self-expression, community development and peer learning for LGBTIQA young people.
Room: Torrens
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 14:20
Duration: 20 mins

Summary

Camp Out is a grassroots, community development organisation that supports young 13-17 LGBTIQA teens, their peers and allies through an annual 4-night camp. Working from a strength-based approach, Camp Out uses community education and arts based activities to engage and empower young people. It is both an annual event and an intergenerational network of peer support and community education that spans arts practice, public health education, social support and referral, peer social networks and advocacy, and is operated by a volunteer radical collective based in Sydney.

Camp Out provides a space for young people to meaningfully connect in a safe, supportive environment and to leave camp with confidence, skills and resources to feel strong in their identity and in navigating their worlds, to feel less isolated and to have greater connection to informal community support as well as more formalised referral pathways of support.

Celebrating 5 years of Camp Out work, the collective seeks to reflect on the growth of this model and share key insights and learning about the creation of safe, healing and empowering spaces for LGBTIQA young people.

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