Advocacy and Capacity Building

Created in 2013, the Center for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy and Capacity Building, advocates on behalf of LGBTQ youth by influencing policy on local, national and international levels, while helping to build the capacity of decision-makers, individuals and institutions that serve this marginalized population.

Our Center is dedicated to sharing best practices for working with LGBTQ youth in all aspects of their life and addressing the disparities in services available to them.

We create forums for young people to be heard – giving voice to their personal stories and providing opportunities to become active participants in the systems that directly impact them.

Through this Center, HMI extends our decades of leadership in this field so that our experiences may serve as models and be replicated for those in need. These areas include:

  • Establishing safer schools and communities, prevent bullying and victimization;
  • Developing more effective policies targeting the health and wellness of our young people;
  • Promoting increased funding opportunities that better address the needs of LGBTQ youth.
  • Creating effective programs and services that address the needs of LGBTQ youth

Furthermore, as a Department of Health-designated Center of Expertise for Sexual Health and Gender Identity, HMI is able to take critical issues to the highest offices in government, as well as internationally through the State Department and USAID.

The Center for Advocacy and Capacity Building facilitates HMI training sessions.