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believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.

Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.

Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.

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percentage of HMI youth who pass the HSE exam on their first try (compared to the 45% rate for NYC)


the number of leaders trained around the world through our Center for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy & Capacity Building.


the number of youth who participate in HMI programs annually.



"I stand proud now to look back and realize that my transition was one of the best decisions that I made in my life. Luckily for me, I have my HMI family to support me."

DJ Lina

Growing up in New York I was very fortunate to be one of the most popular people in my class and never have an issue with being me . People always excepted me and that's how I always thought that it

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Talking with the Hetrick-Martin staff 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

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