Reach Out: Enhancing Services to Out-of-Home LGBTQ Youth
Reach Out: Enhancing Services to Out-of-Home Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Youth. Evaluation 2004-2006. (2007). Marian Wolfsun and Sharon Vardatira. 23 pp.
In our years of experience serving at-risk youth in New England, one population has continually emerged as being particularly vulnerable: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. In rural areas such as northern New England, the needs of LGBTQ youth are made more acute by the level of geographic and social isolation. In response, in 2004 NEN began implementing Reach Out, funded by the Tides Foundation, NH Endowment for Health, Gamma Mu Foundation, and the Gill Foundation. The three-year project sought to drive sustainable, institutional changes in the capacity of youth-serving agencies to effectively serve LGBTQ youth. The goal was to sensitize agencies about the specific needs of LGBTQ youth, thereby making the agencies more welcoming and thus more effective for this population of young people. The work was not easy, and the outcomes were mixed. But progress was made.