After School Programs
Year-round, in a safe, supportive environment, the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s After-School Services Department provides its youth members (whether they are enrolled in school or not) a wide range of group activities designed to develop social and interpersonal skills and build confidence. Last year our After-School Department reached more than 2,000 LGBTQ youth and their families.
Arts and Culture programs foster self-expression through dance, film, photography, painting, theater, and more.
Health and Wellness programs range from hands-on instruction in how to cook healthy meals to learning more about STDs, fighting stress, and preventing HIV.
Academic Enrichment programs help our LGBTQ youth prep for college, do computer training, get help with homework, or join a book club (among countless activities).
Job Readiness and Career Exploration programs assist in building job skills, writing résumés, and landing internships.
From the first moment a young person enters HMI, one of our team of professional Supportive Services counselors is there to:
- Assess the safety of each youth.
- Offer assistance in getting a meal at Café HMI, getting clothing from our pantry, and finding housing.
- Provide counseling sessions based on individual needs. Individual, group, and family counseling are available.
- Make referrals to LGBTQ-sensitive agencies.
- Provide an opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to move toward self-sufficiency, self-acceptance, and personal success.
- Be a part of their care and their family.
HMI Youth Members can take their involvement to the next level through our paid-internship and experiential programs. Learn More
Advocacy and Capacity Building
Advocacy: Educating Decision Makers on Issues Affecting LGBTQ Youth; Providing a voice for those who often go unheard.
HMI Staff works to provide information and best practices to address the needs of the often disconnected population working with policy makers, government institutions and the community-at-large, advocating on the behalf of LGBTQ youth and those that support them.
Capacity Building: Training and Resources
With over 3 decades of experience, HMI takes its best practices in LGBTQ youth service delivery on the road! We offer workshops, trainings and seminars in how to serve this unique population. Our trained staff will work with you and your organization or community to provide a custom-designed training that meets your specific needs. Workshop topics include, "Building Inclusive Communities," "Understanding Human Sexuality and Gender Identity," "Working with LGBTQ Adolescents," and much more.