6.2 Unapologetic: The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative

This case study of the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) will demonstrate how leadership development can equip youth of colour, particularly young Black gay men, with key skills to combat homelessness and live successful lives. The development of these skills is facilitated by other young Black gay men, with skills including advocacy training, professional development, networking, leadership and mentorship opportunities. Having experienced similar disparities and inequalities, these young adults are shaping critical long-term survival techniques for their peers. This peer-driven model is easier for young Black gay men to relate to, since the skills are being taught by peers who share similar experiences. The stories of YBGLI leaders are featured throughout the case study, which also highlights the history of YGBLI and YBGLI Policy & Advocacy Summits.

Alex Abramovich
Jama Shelton
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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness