LGBT Program for Youth & Families
The Adolescent AIDS Program, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore has launched the LGBT Program for Youth and Families, which offers comprehensive medical care and support to LGBT youth and their families as well as technical assistance to health care providers and community organizations.
While most LGBT youth are resilient and emerge from adolescence as healthy adults, homophobia and heterosexism can contribute to increased medical and mental health issues for sexual minority youth, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Compared to heterosexual youth, LGBT adolescents have higher rates of: depression and suicidal ideation, substance abuse and more risky sexual behaviors that make them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies and STIs, including HIV.
If you are a parent, provider or represent a youth-serving organization, we offer services and training sessions that can support your family or your work.
If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adolescent between the ages of 13-24 who wants to be a part of creating positive change in the healthcare system, please contact us to learn more about several AAP programs:
• Community Advisory Board: Made up of youth representatives who provide AAP with direction in planning and managing new and existing AAP policies and programs.
• EPIC (Education, Prevention, Information, Care) LOFT (Lifting Oppression, Fighting Transmission): Psychoeducational groups and social events for youth.
• Peer Education Training Program: Receive training to participate with AAP staff in workshops and training sessions devoted to caring for LGBT youth.
• Positive Impact: If you are an HIV-positive youth who is interested in serving as a media spokesperson or sharing your story at events and conferences, we can provide public speaking training and coordinate speaking engagements for you.
For more information, call Lindsay DuBois at 718-882-0232, ext. 226 or send her an email at ldubois@AdolescentAIDS.org