LGBTQ Youth Services (12)
LGBTQ Youth Services
Founded in 1981, GMHC offers hands-on support services in New York City and education and advocacy for hundreds of thousands nationwide. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. Our mission is to reduce the spread of HIV disease, help people with HIV maintain and improve their health and independence, and keep the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV an urgent national and local priority. In fulfilling this mission, we will remain true to our heritage by fighting homophobia and affirming the individual dignity of all gay men and lesbians.
Generation Q is Queens' only drop-in center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight ally youth. They are a safe haven and second home to hundreds of youth in the community, offering educational opportunities and tools for empowerment, plus after-school programming Monday through Friday.
Health Outreach To Teens is a comprehensive program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, and other homeless, runaway/throwaway, street-oriented, sex worker and squatter youth. These services are offered both at a dedicated youth-only medical suite on-site at Callen-Lorde, and on HOTT's medical van, which travels to areas in lower and mid-Manhattan in the afternoons and evenings where youth are known to hang out.
The Hetrick-Martin Institute, Home of The Harvey Milk High School, believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth between the ages of 12 and 21 and their families.
The YES program exists to provide LGBT young people with community support to foster healthy development, in a safe, affirming, sex-positive, alcohol- and drug-free environment. At YES we are guided by our goal of creating a Community of Inclusion for everyone who comes to our program.
Since 2002, the Homeless Youth Services of Metropolitan Community Church of New York (MCCNY) has worked tirelessly to meet the unique needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender runaway and homeless youth of New York City. Starting with a 6-bed emergency shelter housed in the church itself (Sylvia’s Place), MCCNY’s services have expanded to include an additional shelter (Sylvia’s East), a range of social services offered both to shelter residents and other runaway and homeless youth, and a soon-to-be 24-hour drop-in center, the Marsha P. Johnson Center.
Of the estimated 20,000 teenagers living on the streets of New York City, almost half self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). These teens have been thrown out of their homes or have run away from foster care because of homophobia, harassment, and physical abuse. Once on the streets, the majority of them turn to prostitution and drug use.We created the Peter Cicchino Youth Project to reach out to these young people and help them stabilize their lives. Through this project, we have assisted thousands of teens to navigate the complicated channels of government benefits, access permanent housing, and continue their education.
The Reciprocity Foundation aims to build a national network of programs to enable homeless youth to enroll in college, secure hands-on work experiences and build a professional network in their field of interest. Currently, their work is focused on the thousands of homeless youth in New York City.
The Streetwork Project is committed to reaching out to the homeless and disenfranchised youth of New York City, offering them respite from hunger, cold, loneliness and fear and the opportunity to reclaim for themselves a sense of dignity and self-worth. Our goal is to extend ourselves to these young people through our presence on the streets, through the services we provide and through the love we are willing to express. With every bag lunch, medical appointment, referral, condom and group we offer, we communicate to our clients our concern for their lives and our belief in their potential. Our mission is to act as a catalyst for their self-empowerment.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. SRLP is a collective organization founded on the understanding that gender self-determination is inextricably intertwined with racial, social and economic justice. Therefore, we seek to increase the political voice and visibility of low-income people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. SRLP works to improve access to respectful and affirming social, health, and legal services for our communities. We believe that in order to create meaningful political participation and leadership, we must have access to basic means of survival and safety from violence.
The Door's mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Each year over 8,000 young people, most referred by their peers, come to The Door for primary health care, prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED, ESL, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreational activities.