Ali Forney Center (Manhattan/Brooklyn)
The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive organization in the nation dedicated to housing LGBT youth. AFC serves youth aged 16-24, and provides emergency and transitional housing, street outreach, a drop-in center, medical and mental health treatment, a vocational/educational program, and a counseling project for the families of LGBT youth.
Green Chimneys (Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs) (Manhattan)
Contact: Miguel Caraballo
The New York City branch of Green Chimneys Children's Services operates a wide range of residential, social service and educational programs that specifically focus on responding to the unique needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth and their families. Green Chimneys was the first mainstream child welfare agency in the country to develop and operate residential, educational, and social services programs, which were designed specifically for LGBTQ children, youth, and families.
Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (Brooklyn)
Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Birnbaum
The Health and Education Alternatives for Teens (HEAT) Program provides comprehensive medical care program for HIV+ and at-risk youth aged 13 to 24. HEAT provides age-appropriate and culturally competent care for heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender minority youth. These services are provided at the Center for Health Services at Bedford Stuyvesant, a satellite clinic of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. HEAT provides comprehensive medical, case management, HIV counseling and testing (C/T), mental health, treatment adherence, STD diagnosis and treatment, gynecological services, pregnancy testing and family planning, outreach, transition services, hormone and transgender youth services, support services and access to research to high-risk and HIV-infected youth. HEAT operates under a one-stop shopping philosophy where all services are provided in one youth friendly clinic setting. All services are free and confidential.
Pride for Youth
2050 Bellmore Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Contact: Pete Carney (Executive Director)
Pride for Youth is a service and an advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Our mission is to enhance the health, wellness and cultural competency of LGBT young people through supportive services, education and youth development. We believe that LGBT young people are courageous, bright, creative and exceptional youth that enhance our communities. Formidable barriers such as homophobia, stigma, lack of understanding and institutionalized bias prevent some of them from achieving their potential. Pride for Youth offers a matrix of opportunities and supports that assist LGBT youth with their healthy development, break through obstacles to their success, and create a more responsive community in which they can grow. We offer many services for LGBT youth ages 13-24 including both individual and family counseling, support groups, a Friday night drop-in center, HIV/STI testing and community education. All services are free, confidential and anonymous.
Sylvia's Place (Manhattan)
Contact: Kate Barnhardt
Sylvia's Place is an emergency night shelter for self identified Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, trans-gendered, trans-sexual and questioning youth from 16 to 23 years of age. Its primary focus is to provide a safe space, a good meal, bathroom facilities and toiletries, a cot for the night and breakfast in the morning. The Care Workers provide a listening ear, affirmation, and a friendly voice of encouragement.
The Door (Manhattan)
Contact: Miriam Hernandez
The Door's mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Each year over 8,000 young people, most referred by their peers, come to The Door for primary health care, prenatal care and health education, mental health counseling, legal services, GED, ESL, tutoring and homework help, college preparation and computer classes, career development services and training, job placement, daily meals, arts, sports and recreational activities.
The only criterion for Door membership is age (12-21). Of the 8,000 current members, the majority are between 17 and 20 years of age, with the average being 18. Most are African-American or Hispanic; a growing number are immigrants from China. During the school year The Door is also open Saturdays from 12:00 - 4:00 pm.