In addition to fundraising support, this partnership will utilize the resources of the production, including representatives from the show meeting with youth from Hetrick-Martin Institute in an educational and mentoring capacity.
Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) believes that all young people regardless of sexual orientation or identity deserve a safe environment in which to achieve their full potential. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth confront traumatic challenges that are overwhelmingly disproportionate compared to their heterosexual peers. In response, HMI primarily serves at-risk youth of color between the ages of 13-24, nearly all of whom come from low-income communities and face pervasive societal stigma. They are disconnected from support systems that address such crucial issues as poverty, depression, substance abuse and risky sexual behavior. This results in an array of social, education and economic barriers that negatively impact their lives.
HMI offers these young people a supportive community that fosters positive youth development with pioneering programs that promote physical health and mental well-being, emotional resilience, academic achievement, job readiness, and artistic/cultural creativity. We do this in ways that embody our profound belief in these young people, deep respect for who they are and confidence in their untapped potential.
Founded in 1979, HMI is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit leader in LGBTQ youth service programming with life-saving initiatives in New York, ground-breaking programs in Newark, and critical assistance to service providers across the country. Today, we serve more than 2,000 at-risk youth each year from over from 350 zip codes in New York and New Jersey, and an additional 12,000 young people through outreach efforts – as well as countless lives changed by our advocacy around the world. To learn more, visit www.hmi.org.