The Newcomers Youth is a project which target group are the young LGBTQI people (15-30 years old) who are the asylum seekers, undocumented, or Newcomers in Sweden. The overarching aim of this project is to provide a space, advice, counseling, and resources for the physical and mental wellbeing of the mentioned group.
The activities at Newcomers Youth include weekly hangouts, lectures/creative workshops, yearly summer camps, mental health counseling, and legal advice. The Newcomers Youth is committed to spread the knowledge about challenges that LGBTQI Newcomers in Sweden experience, provide the tools and mechanisms for nurturing their well-being in many aspects, as well as overcoming social and legal vulnerability.
In order to participate in the Newcomers Youth activities, you must be a member of RFSL Ungdom which is free of charge if you are a Newcomer between the age of 15 and 30.
The Newcomers Youth project is financed by Arvsfonden.
The meeting place in Stockholm is financed by Socialnämnden Stockholms stad.
The meeting place in Luleå is financed by Länstyrelsen Norrbottens län.
The meeting place in Gothenburg is financed by Länstyrelsen Västra Götalands län.
THE ONLINE HANGOUTS
Since safety of the Newcomers is our priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our meeting place to the online meetings!
The online hangouts are the weekly meet ups and a good thing is that the Newcomers all around Sweden can finally spend more time together and learn more about each other.
Our rules stay the same: confidentiality, safety, group and self-care. Two group leaders will always be present during the meeting and it is also a good opportunity to inform them if you are in need of either legal help or mental health counseling.
The online meetings are structured to be the discussions about mental health, sexuality, and gender identity, as well as any topic that you as a member find relevant to bring up!
ABOUT THE MEETING PLACE
Our Newcomers meet every week with our group leaders who provide a safe space for them and always include various activities ranging from the hangouts, discussions, lectures, and creative workshops. All group members follow our four rules that are important in order to make everyone comfortable and welcomed: confidentiality, LGBTQIphobia and racism-free space, group care, and self-care.
The Meeting Place is currently held in 3 locations in Sweden. Both time and location are sent to you once you are a member of Newcomers Youth.
For any questions, send us an email to [email protected] .
Stockholm: Mondays, 5.30pm- 9 pm
[email protected] or SMS/WhatsApp 070 780 77 89
Gothenburg: Tuesdays, 4pm- 8pm
[email protected] or SMS/WhatsApp 076 337 48 54
Luleå: Every other Wednesday and Friday
ABOUT THE LEGAL COUNSELING
Newcomers Youth offers legal counselling to LGBTQI youth under the age of 30 with questions regarding their asylum application. NCY’s volunteering lawyers can help you with preparing for your interview and answer questions about the asylum process in general.
We offer counselling over the phone or at our office in Stockholm.
How to make an appointment?
Email Alexandra Politidis Palm on [email protected]
ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
The Newcomers Youth in collaboration with Pegasus Project offers mental health counseling for all members. The sessions are free of charge and they are aimed at you who need support in dealing with mental health (depression, violence, anxiety, abuse). These sessions are NOT therapy and if any further help is considered as necessary by our counsellor, you will be able to get the information where to reach out.
For those of you who are outside of Stockholm, we can assist you via Skype or telephone.
How to make an appointment?
Email Haris Eloy [email protected]
ABOUT THE YOUTH/ACTIVIST CAMP
The activist camp is our yearly event aimed for LGBTQI Newcomers between 15-25 years old who want to spend quality and creative time with their fellow Newcomers and human rights activists/artists who provide the workshops, lectures, and activities for you.
More information can be found on the Newcomers Youth website: http://newcomersyouth.se/
There you can find all information related to our activities, asylum process, and services provided.
Do not forget to follow us on our Facebook page Newcomers Youth for all relevant updates: https://www.facebook.com/rfslungdom.newcomersyouth/