FOUR CORE AREAS
HMI is at a pivotal moment in our more than 35-year history when we can capture our decades of best practices serving LGBTQ youth and successfully replicate models of our work.
We live in a unique time in which social policies are not keeping pace with rapid social advancements, such as the right to marry, workplace equality, among others. While these events are beginning to move the needle of systemic change, this change is not being experienced equally across the diverse LGBTQ spectrum, least of all among LGBTQ youth of color.
As these youth come out at younger ages, they do not have adequate systems of support and face communities either unwilling or unable to meet their needs. This is where HMI enters.
Our Center Encompasses Four Core Areas Of Activity:
- Advocacy, which we define as informing policy by educating broad audiences of U.S. and foreign-based organizations, policy leaders, decision-makers, government officials, educators, researchers and individual advocates.
- Data, quantitative information, reports and analysis culled from HMI’s own experiential data that will support and define best practices for LGBTQ youth services, as well as provide a call to action.
- Training workshops, conferences and web-based information to increase the capacity of youth-serving organizations to meet the specific needs of LGBTQ youth nationally and globally.
- Replication of the HMI youth service model, like we have done in New Jersey. This is a long-term effort to provide much-needed safe spaces for LGBTQ youth living in cities across the country.