The Ali Forney Center is a local resource center that provides shelter and a nurturing environment for homeless LGBTQ youth. Founded in June of 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for these youth, their mission is to protect them from the harm of homelessness and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.
Bread and Roses Integrated Arts High School is one of eleven schools in NYC that were chosen to be a part of the “Transformation School” government grant program. Their mission is to provide the communities of Northern Manhattan with a safe, student-centered school that is academically rigorous, prepares young adults for college, integrates arts and social justice into the curriculum, and addresses the needs of students with learning disabilities or second language literacy issues in an inclusive way. They believe every child can be a positive and constructive force in society and focus on social justice as well as artistic expression.
The Chinatown YMCA provides free and safe community access to a wide variety of educational, recreational and counseling services. Their goal is to create a safe haven and nurturing environment for neighborhood youth and adults in Lower Manhattan with an emphasis on the Chinatown / Lower East Side area. They serve nearly 2,000 individuals each year.
Groundwork is an organization committed to strengthening communities through after-school education programs that give young adults the support they need to graduate high school and succeed in college. Based in East New York, it is their mission to support the development of powerful youth, powerful families and powerful communities so that all young people in the communities where they work have access to a full range of opportunities to lead a rewarding and fulfilling life.
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. SAGE is a leader in addressing issues related to LGBT aging, and they work to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, support and advocate for their rights, foster a greater understanding of aging in all communities and promote positive images of LGBT life in later years.
Validus Preparatory Academy is a public non-charter high school dedicated to academics, health, and fitness. Located in the Bronx, their mission is to develop students who understand the importance of health and fitness, who demonstrate the character traits of responsibility, collaboration, compassion, and commitment and who achieve mastery in academics to prepare them to be successful in life after high school.
The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem is dedicated to addressing the developmental needs of young women by providing a dynamic and participatory environment in which to learn. They strive to work with families to instill in their students a sense of community, responsibility, and ethical principles of behavior – characteristics that will help make them leaders of the next generation.