ABOUT TYA

Tolerant Youth Association operates actively in the field of human rights, also works upon the problems related with refugees, non EU, non EEA countries citizens, sexual minorities and other vulnerable social groups. During the 9 years of existence of the Association the following activities have been and are being implemented: educational activities, trainings, related to LGBT, intercultural, human rights, diversity issues, for schoolpupils, teachers, youth, LGBT community, human rights activists; educational and cultural events for vulnerable groups (LGBT, TCN) and society; educational publications, researches; monitoring and advocating human rights, reporting certain cases of its abuse, informning law enforcement authorities of hate speech in public, preparing and proposing draft laws, organizing social and political awareness raising actions and campaigns adressing human rights related topicalities.

TYA is as well active in supporting and integration of vulnerable groups, like LGBT, third country nationals, refugees, ethnic minorities. From year 2011 migrants' information and consulting center has been established by TYA and operating, supplying third country nationals with informational, educational support, training social, intercultural activities. It has also served as an impellent for establishment of local African and Arabic communities. TYA has been advocating LGBT rights and organizing LGBT community activities from the date of its establishment.

From year 2009 it has been helping organizing and taking part in Baltic Pride. TYA is also implementing projects strengthening LGBT activism, advocacy, promoting LGBT friendly discourse.

Implementing its activities TYA is cooperating with Equal Opportunities Ombudsmen Office, Human Rights Monitoring Institute, Lithuanian Center of Human Rights, the embassies of USA, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of the Netherlands.

TYA is yet the only Youth Human Rights organization in Lithuania bearing the status of full member. It is also a member of several regional umbrella organisations, such as Vilnius Union of  Youth organizations "Round table", Kaunas Union of Youth NGO's "Round table", as well as a full member of international organizations such as ILGA, IGLYO and ANSO.

Usual source of finance of TYA come from budget finance for implementing projects from European Union funds and Republic of Lithuania, support from EEA and Kingdom of the Netherlands funds, distribution of two percent of personal income tax, rather small part – from personal donations of members and other private persons.

General meeting of members is the highest governing body, which appoints and cancels collegiate ruling bodies of the Association, also accepts, changes and replenishes regulations statutes and states the activities. General meeting members consist of all 370 TYA members. 2. A Board is a collegiate ruling body of the Association, which leads the Association in between the General meetings of members. 3. A Chairperson is a ruling body of Association consisting of one person, who is elected by the Board using open voting and the majority of voices.

What do we aim for?
To develop respect for every person, their choice and opinions.
To encourage respect for various social groups, protection of human rights and integration of minorities.
To unite all open-minded people to work together and strengthen their co-operation with and support for each other, at the same time promoting international co-operation and political activities.
 
Our vision
Inclusive Youth in an Inclusive Society
 
Our values
Respect
Diversity
Unity
 
Terminology
The Lithuanian word "tolerantiškas" is normally translated into "tolerant". We nevertheless feel that our values and activities are much more reflected by the word "inclusive" which does not have an equivalent in Lithuanian.