Dig deep and discover more about yourself through one of our internship programs. Once you’re a Hetrick-Martin member, you can apply.
Get on-the-job training about communication, basic word processing, résumé writing, interviewing, and dressing for success through this externship program. Some agencies that you may work with include In the Life, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Callen-Lorde Health Center, and Lambda Legal. An interview and assessment is required before admittance into the program. Contact Wade Davis for more information.
Youth Advisory Board (YAB)
Make the voices of fellow LGBTQ youth and Hetrick-Martin members heard in this paid internship. You will not only represent your peers and your unique challenges to the Hetrick-Martin Board of Directors, Program Managers, and Staff, but also bring the world of Hetrick-Martin into the community. Contact Wade Davis for more info.
This internship is about finding new ways to express oneself and expand one's sense of self. Various arts are used such as movement, poetry, sound making and visual arts to connect with ourselves and others, creating a community where we feel comfortable to explore life in new ways. The group also focuses on exploring ways to problem solve through the use of the arts. For more information, contact Robin Snow.
Women's Task Force
Women's Task Force is an inclusive, safe, and empowering space for women identified youth. WTF meets every Friday from 5-6:30pm, discussing issues and challenges our young women face as well as plan future events to congregate and network (like The Women's Forum, Women's Music Festival, and self-defense classes). Currently, we are accepting contributions to our first WTF zine. You can submit art, poetry, essays, interviews, drawings, opinions, photos, sketches, etc. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In this internship, youth are trained in a variety of information, such as sexual health, substance abuse, healthy relationships, pregnancy prevention, and anti-bullying. After training each other through mock sessions, Peer Ed interns train others -- peers, adults, and agencies on the topics. The Peer Ed interns facilitate groups and are youth-led. They have worked with ACS, Teen Sense and other policy making organizations in NYC. For more information, contact Pharon Ford.
Street Smart is a HIV/AIDS and STD Prevention program that has been adapted by HMI for trans female youth. This skill-building internship helps groups of young women reduce risky behaviors. Through roleplays, activities, and video productions, Street Smart covers important topics like HIV/AIDS, STDs, pregnancy preventon, coping, negotiating skills, personalized risk behaviors, and substance use. For more information, contact Wendy Ledesma.
MPowerment (M-BALL: Motivating Brothers & Advocating Love & Life)
M-Ball is a community-level HIV prevention intervention for young gay and bisexual men that has been adapted by HMI for MSM within the Ballroom scene. This program builds a strong, supportive community, where young gay and bisexual men nurture and protect each other, particularly with regard to HIV prevention. This project is run by a core group of 10-12 young men who design and carry out all project activities. For more information, contact Jermaine Ellis.
From the first moment a young person enters Hetrick-Martin, a Supportive Services counselor is there. Assessing the safety of each youth, the counselor offers assistance, from the basics of clothing, food, and housing help to interventions, counseling sessions based on individual needs, and referrals to LGBTQ-sensitive agencies. For as long as the youth is involved at Hetrick-Martin, Supportive Services (in conjunction with the After-School Department) will be a part of their care and their family.
But when the youth tell their own stories, they speak volumes:
- "As I started coming to Hetrick-Martin my self-esteem went up and up because I was treated like a normal human being." - Jose
- "At Hetrick-Martin nobody told me I couldn't be myself, nobody yelled at me. It was my sanctuary." - Jaszi
- "My older brothers didn't graduate and it was an inspiration to me to be the first son to do that. Now I've graduated from Harvey Milk and I'm going on to college." - Jaszi
- "Hetrick-Martin provided a space where I could be safe, comfortable, and not have to worry about whether people knew my 'secret.'" — David
- "They helped me find a place to live; they helped me find a better way to live." - Arthur
- "Talking with the 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." - Rick