Responding to the psycho-social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community

The Zenzele Youth Support Project looks at addressing the ripple effect of discrimination, verbal abuse, harassment, bullying and violence against LGBTI youth and youth in general. It also seeks to reduce the current state of unemployed youth in KwaZulu-Natal.

The project has distinct components which are integrated; Personal Development, Government Participation, Legal & Human Rights, Gender based violence, Conflict Resolution, Positive living, Sexual awareness & SRHR as well as Support system and advocacy. They are facilitated by experts. After completion of these trainings, delegates are invited to a graduation ceremony where certificates of completion are awarded.

The direct results from the structured trainings have allowed participants to achieve sustainable, practical life and career skills to ensure employability as well as to encourage entrepreneurship and social responsibility.

  • 115 have been trained in the past two years
  • 30% have managed to go back to tertiary education.
  • 50% are working
  • 5% have started businesses
  • 10% are part of the GLN support groups as well as advocating for LGBTI rights