Knowledge Market welcomes Minus18

20 January 2017

We’re pleased to announce that LGBTI youth organisation Minus18 will be making Knowledge Market their new hub from February 2017!

Run by a team of around 50 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 25, Minus18’s vision is to improve the lives of same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people across Australia, and to challenge homophobia and transphobia in Australian communities.

“Minus18 is an organisation that provides young LGBTI Australians with a safe space to ask questions about their sexuality or gender identity, meet other young people like them, and to have a good time,” says CEO Micah Scott, who was once a youth volunteer with the organisation himself.

“We’ll be using the Knowledge Market space as our new hub, welcoming young people to a range of weekly events. We tend to run social meet-ups for young people to get to know each other, but we also run outdoor activities and movie days to craft events and Q+A sessions,” Micah says.

“Personal development workshops are an important part of the support we offer young people, discussing topics such as LGBTI inclusion, advocating for the LGBTI community, and mental health wellbeing.”

Each year, Minus18 works with than 60,000 young people across the country, but they’re always on the look-out for ways they can make their services more accessible. Knowledge Market’s prime location was one of the main draw cards for the organisation, as many young people travel from rural and regional Victoria to access support.

“There aren’t many organisations in Australia that provide services for young LGBTI people, so people often travel fairly long distances to come to our events and workshops. That’s why Knowledge Market is a great space for us to be able to work from – it’s just a short walk or tram ride from Southern Cross Station,” Micah adds.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for LGBTI young people to access the services and support we offer. Coming along to one of Minus18’s events or workshops for the first time might feel daunting, but it’s important to remember everyone is in same boat,” says Micah. “There are always new people at every event and workshop we run, so you can rest assured that you won’t be the only new face!”

Minus18 will be running weekly events from Knowledge Market starting in February 2017, and you can find the details on their website. Anyone under the age of 25 is welcome to attend, although if you’re over 25 and would like to access support from Minus18 you can contact the organisation directly.

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