This year Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) proudly celebrates 40 years as the nation’s largest and very first LGBTQ Youth Services organization. In 1979, Dr. Emery Hetrick and Dr. Damien Martin learned of a homeless 15-year old boy who had been beaten and kicked out of his emergency shelter because he was gay. In response, they along with other concerned adults, created the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth, which was renamed in 1988 in honor of Dr. Hetrick’s and Dr. Martin’s commitment to service of LGBTQ young people.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of youth have walked through HMI’s doors seeking a safe environment and the care and guidance that they otherwise may be lacking. Today, we serve over 2,000 LGBTQ young people, nurturing them with hot meals and showers, counseling and advocacy, and health education—only a few of the myriad services offered.
Over the past four decades, HMI has made significant strides in fostering healthy youth development.
While this major milestone is an opportunity to reflect on our history, impact, and accomplishments over the past four decades; more importantly, it’s a time to look forward and plan for improving and expanding upon how we serve LGBTQ youth – especially youth of color, homeless youth, and court-involved youth. We’re proud of what and where HMI is today, but we certainly have more work ahead of us as we continue to expand our reach and services offered. As part of our immediate plans, you can expect to see two major initiatives, the HMI Millieu Model and PRYSM Scan, rolled out in the very near future.
We’re excited and eager to embark upon the next 40 years and beyond with the continued support of all of you. We have not lost sight of the amazing contributions so many of you have made over the past 40 years, for which none of this would be possible.
HMI Millieu Model
An all-inclusive “how to” program manual for community stakeholders and service providers on evidence-based best practices for serving LGBTQ youth within their own non-profits.
A comprehensive organizational assessment that enables organizations to fully assess their readiness for working with and serving as safe and inclusive service providers and places of employment for LGBTQ people.
This year is especially monumental as it also marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, for which our CEO, Thomas Krever is a Stonewall Ambassador, and it is also the first year in its 20-year history that World Pride will be held in the United States, in our spectacular city.
We hope you will join us in celebrating these momentous events throughout the year. Follow us on social media, sign up to receive email updates and visit our website regularly for the latest developments and events.
Help HMI continue its focus on promoting excellence in the delivery of youth services and making this world a safe place for all LGBTQ young people.