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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.



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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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