Ackerman Institute, 936 Broadway - 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010. 212-879-4900. Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. Ackerman’s Gender & Family Project (GFP) empowers youth, families and communities by providing gender affirmative services, training and research. GFP provides comprehensive multidisciplinary services for gender expansive children, transgender adolescents, their families and communities, including support groups for caregivers, grandparents, siblings and family members; family therapy and parental coaching; affirmative psychological and gender evaluation; and training and education for educators, mental health and health providers.
Ali Forney Center (AFC), 224 West 35th Street - 15th Floor, New York, NY 10001. 212-222-3427. AFC's mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. Since AFC's launch with just six beds in a church basement, the organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ homeless youths in the country—assisting nearly 1,400 youths per year through a 24-hour Drop-In Center which provides over 70,000 meals annually, medical and mental health services through an on-site clinic, and a scattered site housing program.
CAMBA, 1720 Church Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226, 718-287-2600. We are proud to share our long history of developing innovative, targeted programs and services that help New Yorkers, new and old, become economically secure and engaged members of their communities. CAMBA is an incubator for programs that have helped over a million New Yorkers improve their lives through education and workforce development, college access, health and wellness, temporary shelters and permanent affordable housing, youth development programs, legal services and much more. From our earliest days in Central Brooklyn to our current roster of 160 programs in five boroughs, we have worked to keep communities strong so that all New Yorkers thrive. For example, CAMBA’s Project Accept LGBT Youth (Project ALY) promotes acceptance from parents and family members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth - a proven strategy for decreasing risk of future health or mental health problems among this highly at-risk group.
Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, 333 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451, 718-993-5495. Cardinal McCloskey Community Services (CMCS) is a not-for-profit, social service agency that provides services to the children in our foster care programs, preschool education to over 2,000 three and four year-olds from low income families, and helping over 200 developmentally disabled adults lead more fulfilling and independent lives. For example, since July 2009 their Sunrise Drop-In Center has been servicing homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. The Center offers a warm and inviting location for youth who are “at risk” including but not limited to, those currently in foster care or who have aged out, young parents, victims of abuse, youth involved in the criminal or juvenile justice system, or LGBTQ youngsters.
CORE Services Group, 45 Main St., Suite 711, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-801-8050. CORE is a minority-governed and community-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit human services and community development organization, headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. CORE’s mission is to empower individuals, families and communities to access and maintain employment, gain independence, and live stable and satisfying lives in communities in which they become contributing and productive citizens. Example: CORE runs four "Light House" transitional living residences for runaway and homeless youth. Each Light House offers transitional housing, comprehensive assessment, case management, referrals for behavioral health services, educational and vocational counseling, life skills and family reunification coaching and a full range of additional supportive services to youth.
Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), 2 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003, 212-674-2400. At the Hetrick-Martin Institute we believe 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. Positive Youth Development (PYD), harm reduction and trauma-informed care are the theoretical frameworks in which we ground our programming.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, 212-620-7310. The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. We offer the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services. For example, the Center’s New York State-licensed outpatient substance use treatment program for youth is designed specifically to help LGBTQ+ young people, ages 13 and older, make healthy decisions about drugs and alcohol. This program is the first of its kind, and our unique setting provides access to mentors, internships and support.
Urban Resource Institute (URI), 75 Broad Street - Suite 505, New York, New York 10004, 646-588-0030. URI provides lifesaving, empowering social services for New Yorkers who are suffering and recovering from domestic violence. For nearly 40 years, URI has been innovating and developing new programs to improve the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers, with a particular focus on survivors of domestic violence. We help individuals and families escape abuse, safely heal, and gain the resources needed to live healthy, independent lives. We also are the only organization in New York City and one of the few nationally that extends these services to pets. URI's holistic suite of services include Community Education and Prevention programs, such as the Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), which places social workers (RAPP Coordinators) in public schools to educate students, school staff, parents, and the entire school community. The RAPP Coordinators provide individual and group counseling to students, meeting them where they’re at regardless of age, gender identity, sexuality, race, relationship status, and comfort with disclosure.
Mayor's Commission on Gender Equity (CGE), 253 Broadway ‐ 4th Floor, New York, NY 10007, 212-346-6353 . Concerned that far too many New Yorkers continue to face discrimination because of their gender, Mayor de Blasio established the Commission on Gender Equity in June 2015 to address issues of inequity and discrimination facing girls, women, and transgender and gender non-binary persons regardless of ability, age, ethnicity/race, faith, gender expression, immigrant status, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. In September 2016, the City Council and the de Blasio Administration determined that it was essential to permanently establish CGE, ensuring a long-term focus on eliminating gender discrimination in New York City. To successfully carry out its mandate, CGE operates with an intersectional lens: the populations of focus will be girls, women, and transgender and gender non-binary individuals regardless of ability, age, ethnicity/race, faith, gender expression, immigrant status, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The Brooklyn Gender Equity Summit will be on Monday, June 17, from 6-9 pm, at 647 Fulton Street.
Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), 250 Church Street ‐ 12th Floor, New York, NY 10013, 212-788-7654. The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs promotes the well-being of immigrant communities. In the de Blasio administration, we have prioritized three broad goals: enhance the economic, civic, and social integration of immigrant New Yorkers; facilitate access to justice for immigrant New Yorkers; and advocate for continued immigration reforms at all levels of government in order to eliminate inequities that impact New York's immigrant communities.
NYC Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), 25 Chapel Street - Suite 1001, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-722-3130. The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with the enforcement of the Human Rights Law, Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and with educating the public and encouraging positive community relations. Its Law Enforcement Bureau is responsible for the intake, investigation, and prosecution of complaints alleging violations of the Law. Its Community Relations Bureau provides public education about the Human Rights Law and helps cultivate understanding and respect among the City’s many diverse communities through its borough-based Community Service Centers and numerous educational and outreach programs. The law also protects NYC’s LGBTQ communities against retaliation, discriminatory harassment, and bias-based profiling by law enforcement.