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Project ALY

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ways to Support Your LGBT Child
Resources for LGBT Youth and Their Families
Stories of Acceptance

1259 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
T: (718) 675-3372

Program Summary: 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.

The goal is to promote parental/familial acceptance of LGBT youth, thus:

  • Increasing self-esteem and self-worth and decreasing risk of future health or mental health problems, including HIV infection and substance abuse
  • Breaking the silence and removing stigma to motivate change throughout the community through parents/LGBT youth family members serving as role models
  • Helping parents and family members who struggle with acceptance gain a better understanding of the detrimental effects that disapproval can have on LGBT youth

Project ALY promotes structural change around acceptance of LGBT youth through:

  • Teen health and wellness workshops for parents, families, and community members
  • Staff development regarding LGBT cultural competency and LGBT youth acceptance for schools and agencies
  • The development and dissemination of role model stories featuring families of LGBT youth
  • Monthly groups for parents/ family members of LGBT youth

To further remove the stigma and motivate change in the community toward acceptance of LGBTQ youth, CAMBA facilitates a social marketing campaign which features positive messaging on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc. and printed advertisements on buses and at transportation hubs throughout Brooklyn reaching a viewership of 100,000 people.

Eligibility: Brooklyn parents, families, caregivers and allies of LGBT youth
Clients Served Annually: 500
Referrals Accepted: Yes

This program is funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene through a contract with Public Health Solutions.

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