Hetrick-Martin Institute: NJ is in transition

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HMI:NJ serves LGBTQ youth community

Over the last several months Hetrick-Martin Institute: NJ has grown into its own as an independent organization. As of this year, the organization is no longer an offshoot of the parent Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City. The organization is based in Newark and serves LGBTQ youth. It is the largest LGBTQ youth serving agency in the state.

Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey executive director is Jersey City native Lillian Rivera.
Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey executive director is Jersey City native Lillian Rivera.

“We have worked diligently to transition all of our functioning to the New Jersey office with the support and guidance of HMI in New York City,” said HMI-NJ in a press statement earlier in the year. “As we continue a strong supportive relationship with NY.”

The press release said, “Transitions are never easy but taking these essential steps towards independence provide opportunity for essential growth. This year, in collaboration with the New York City team, HMI: New Jersey’s leadership worked diligently to ensure healthy growth for our organization. We have put in place all the functions needed at a high-quality nonprofit organization and have initiated their operations.”

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HMI:NJ Executive Director, Lillian Rivera, participated on a panel discussing teen bullying and abuse on NJTV’s Think Tank with Steve Adubato. The show addresses national issues with local experts.

The HMI: NJ Board of Directors is led by co-chairs Jase Whipple and Dan Zanella. They said they hope to grow in our support for additional communities and to share our best practices and advocate on behalf of LGBTQ youth state-wide.

They stress that HMI: NJ needs support to ensure that LGBTQ youth are provided with quality services as they navigate a society that continues to bombard them with negative messages about their identity. “We are far from done when it comes to the challenges faced by our young people,” said the statement. “Today I ask you to stand with us as we work to create communities of inclusion throughout the state.”

HMI: NJ is located at 550 Broad Street, Suite 610 in Newark.

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