About Activist Academy

First of all, thank you for making the Activist Academy the Global Online 2020 edition such a memorable event! Please take time to read our report here.

Secondly, if you are interested in participating to our 2021 Activist Academy Global Online edition, please read all the way down!

IGLYO’s Activist Academy is a skills-based training programme for young people in Europe (and everywhere in the world, really) who have a strong interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex rights. You will apply and participate in teams of up to 3 people. You can also apply individually, but it’s certainly easier to navigate the Academy with your team-mates.

The programme will begin on Thursday 17 June where we’ll all meet online, find out more about each other, and learn how the Activist Academy will work.

You’ll start then with three interactive masterclasses/workshops led by experts within the global LGBTQI movement. You’ll learn how to write and deliver powerful speeches or prepare a strong statement, how to grab people’s attention and build support for important issues through messaging and graphic design, and other useful skills.

Once you’ve completed all the expert workshops, you will put what you’ve learnt into practice and translate your new skills and knowledge into action by undertaking three real-life challenges over the course of a week with the help of your team-mates and the support of online mentors, who are all graduates of the 2020 edition!

Once your three challenges are ready, you’ll receive constructive feedback from our team of judges, so you can make any final changes and improvements to them.

Note that most live sessions will be scheduled around noon, CET (Brussels time). Take this into consideration if your time zone is very different.

All your finished products will be uploaded on the Academy website and can be viewed by all Academy participants and each team and the judges can vote for their favourite entries. Think about an LGBTQI youth activism EUROVISION!  The 3 teams with the highest overall score will receive a prize worth €450 each. The Academy Trophies will be announced during the final live session of the Academy.

As well as learning a whole host of new skills, you’ll get the chance to meet and connect with other young activists from around the world and become part of the growing network of Activist Academy Alumni- an international group of young leaders and change-makers. As you will participate in teams, it will increase your bond with your team-mates and you will learn about collaboration, team-work, negotiations and decision-making!

Previous Academy participants have described the experience as life-changing and have left with strong friendships and connections. Many participants have also taken on new personal and professional challenges or secured employment partly as a result of their involvement.

We hope that we got you interested! You can register to become a member of the 2021 Activist Academy Global Online edition by filling in this form here. (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ActivistAcademyOnline2021). However, the spots are limited so we will select participants based on the information you provide in this form.


IGLYO is co-funded by the Rights Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme 2014-2020 of the European Union and the Government of the Netherlands. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of IGLYO and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission or the Government of the Netherlands.