HMI: New Jersey

HMI: NJ youth participating & volunteering at the Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation event on 4/26/2014.

HMI: New Jersey is based on the services for LGBTQ youth operated for over 35 years by the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City. Offering counseling and crisis management, health and wellness programming, academic enrichment, job readiness and arts and cultural programming, HMI has implemented its first out-of-state direct service program.

Provides after-school services to LGBTQ youth in the City of Newark and New Jersey
  • Mental Health & Supportive Services: support groups for youth-related issues including relationships and “coming out.”
  • Health & Wellness: health education groups and referrals for HIV testing, provided by community partners.
  • Arts & Culture Programs: service learning programs with a focus on leadership and team building.


Provides a safe and supportive environment for New Jersey's LGBTQ youth to reach their full potential
  • By collaborating with family and other support systems, we work to engage youth in their own growth and development and get them involved as responsible citizens of their community.
  • Available to young people and their families.
  • Open weekdays 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm, year round.
  • Open to youth between the ages of 13 to 21.


 HMI: New Jersey  (A Demographic Snapshot)
  • Multi-ethnic: 42% African Americans, 27% Latin , 4%  Caucasian, 4% West Indian, & 22% Other.
  • Serve youth from Newark, the greater Essex County, and beyond.
  • Educational status comprising youth from Junior High: 9%, High School: 82%, College: 7%, & Out of School: 2%.
  • 53% high school graduates with  47% youth attending college next year.


HMI: New Jersey is located at The Newark Vocational School, 301 West Kinney Street, 2nd Floor, Newark NJ, 07103. 

 Monday-Friday 3pm-6:00pm. 




HMI: New Jersey
Community Partners

City of Newark LGBTQ Advisory Concerns Commission

Division of Youth and Family Services

Essex County LGBTQ Commission

Garden State Equality

Grace Church in Newark (Episcopal)

Jersey Cares

Lambda Legal

Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center

Newark Essex-Pride Coalition

Newark Pride Alliance

Newark Public Schools

Partnership for Children of Essex

Project U.S.E. (Urban Suburban Environments)

Project WOW! – North Jersey Community Research Initiative

Rutgers, The State University, Graduate School of Social Work

UMDNJ – Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (D.A.Y.A.M.)