Archive for June 2010
The Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth Report
I am pleased to announce that on Thursday, June 10th 2010, our work on the City’s Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Runaway and Homeless Youth (LGBTQ RHY) came to fruition. The Commission briefed Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on the work of The Comission and presented our report, All Our Children: Strategies to Prevent Homelessness, Strengthen Services, and Build Support for LGBTQ Youth. We highlighted the fact-findings process, research, best practices, strengthening services, including strategies and recommendations on prevention and family support, and building more broad support for LGBTQ RHY.
Recently, the Center’s Young Leaders Council held a panel on homeless queer youth. Our community came together to hear stories from youth who had been on the streets –- tales of trials and of triumph – as well as stories from individuals who’ve dedicated their careers in helping the homeless queer youth.
The panel also discussed how the LGBT community can get involved with the crisis through volunteer opportunities and spreading the word.
The Center’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program serves over 1,000 young people, ages 13-21, every year. Among that group, a significant number are either homeless or in the foster care system. The Center has recently started the LGBT Foster Care Project which is training foster care agency staff and foster parents in cultural competency around LGBT issues to make them more welcoming and affirming to LGBT youth and prospective LGBT foster parents.
The Commission received great feedback from the Mayor and I feel honored to have contributed to the shaping of this timeless and important document. I highly encourage you to read and share the full report. Download it here!