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CAMBA's Project ALY (Accept LGBT Youth)

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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 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 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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