Stand Up gives young people the opportunity to think differently about sectarianism

Community divides are affecting young people across Scotland - find our what Youth Scotland's Stand Up to Sectarianism programme is doing to help

Young people explore community issues in a safe space
Banter swallows so many sins. Stand Up activities have given me the courage to say when something someone says is sectarian and so is wrong. Young person at Stand Up residential

Stand Up to Sectarianism is Youth Scotland’s long running programme, designed to help young people address sectarianism and hate crime in a community setting. The programme gives young people and youth workers safe space to discuss challenging issues and to gain perspective from peers and facilitators. Stand Up is made possible with support from Scottish Government's Safer Communities. 

This new case study presents stories from young people and youth workers who have taken part in Stand Up. They describe the various ways that sectarianism manifests in communities across Scotland. Young people reflect on what they have learned from the programme, especially the residential trips which have inspired and empowered them to bring home new perspectives and shape more accepting communities.

We also hear from Ross McKenzie, a senior youth worker at the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland. He describes the significance of taking young people into the unique setting of the peace and reconciliation centre to explore sectarianism and discrimination.

Read more in the download at the bottom of this page.

Sectarianism is personal. Before it is tackled, people need to look at themselves. Stand Up has helped to make the exploration of sectarianism a personal journey, recognising how it happens in ourselves and in our communities. Youth Worker, Glasgow

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