Numbers say a lot about the effect the Hetrick-Martin Institute has on the lives of our youth — the thousands of meals served, the hundreds who participate in HIV-prevention programs, job-readiness training, and academic support.
- Annually more than 2,000+ youth participate in HMI Programs.
- 200 youth participate annually in job-readiness training.
- Close to 100% of HMI youth take part in our innovative Health and Wellness Program, including HIV-prevention.
- 10,000 hot meals were served last year.
- 92% of Harvey Milk High School seniors graduated in 2008
According to the 2009 National School Climate Survey by GLSEN:
- 84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
- 63.7% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 27.2% reported being physically harassed and 12.5% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their gender expression.
- 72.4% heard homophobic remarks frequently or often at school.
- Nearly two-thirds (61.1%) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, and more than a third (39.9%) felt unsafe because of their gender expression.
- 29.1% of LGBT students missed a class at least once and 30.0% missed at least one day of school in the past month because of safety concerns, compared to only 8.0% and 6.7%, respectively, of a national sample of secondary school students.
- The reported grade point average of students who were more frequently harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender expression was almost half a grade lower than for students who were less often harassed (2.7 vs. 3.1).
- Increased levels of victimization were related to increased levels of depression and anxiety and decreased levels of self-esteem.
But when the youth tell their own stories, they speak volumes:
- "I learned how to be open-minded and how to interact with different communities. I've become a stronger individual." — DeShaun, Youth Member
- "I am writing this letter from SUNY Purchase, where I am now a second year Women's Studies major. I am often asked what life was like at Hetrick-Martin, and I say, 'Picture the most supportive and caring place, throw in the most unique and wholly selfless people, with the most courageous kids.' [Hetrick-Martin] helped me find a place to live; they helped me find a better way to live." — Yours in Solidarity and Gratitude, Arthur
- "I can honestly say that without the Harvey Milk School, I would not have gotten my high school diploma, and I might very well never have dealt with my own sexual identity. Since HMS, I have graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and done HIV prevention work with gay and lesbian youth. Now, I am finishing my first semester of law school at the University of Pennsylvania." Thank you, David
- "Talking with the Hetrick-Martin staff people was the first time I felt comfortable about my sexuality and myself. I call this moment the opening of my closet, coming out to myself. I now work for The Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center of Orange County, California, coordinating a drop-in center targeting at-risk youth. Knowing I could be the first person who makes a youth feel comfortable about their sexuality or gender identity is what makes my job worthwhile. Thank you for everything you have done for me." Sincerely, Rick B.