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The Issue: High Rates of Homelessness Among LGBTQ Youth

20%–40% of all homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, compared to just 3%–5 % of the total US population, according to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's report, An Epidemic of Homelessness. The sometimes-traumatic process of coming out to their families may help to explain why these youth experience a disproportionate rate of homelessness. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force report also showed that 50% of gay teens experience a negative reaction from their parents upon coming out, and 26% are kicked out of their homes.

The Campaign: Funding a Meal and Discussion for Homeless Youth

If this Grassroots campaign raises $480, then Center on Halsted can fund a therapeutic group discussion with a healthful meal for 48 homeless LGBTQ youth aged 18–24 through its Breakfast Club program. Each additional $10 raised will fund a meal for another youth. While enjoying their breakfasts, youth engage in discussions on a variety of topics including health and wellness, employment assistance, and sexual identity.

Center on Halsted

In 1973, a small group of teens founded an information clearinghouse, meeting place, and helpline known as Gay Horizons. It offered referrals for professional, medical, and social services from a coffeehouse on Lincoln Avenue and organized annual identity conferences. In 2007, the organization reopened its doors as Center on Halsted, a community center dedicated to strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Center on Halsted welcomes more than 1,000 people each day for recreational and development programs, held in a facility that contains classrooms, a technology center, a theater, and a gymnasium. Staff members organize a variety of therapeutic and support services including individual and group counseling, HIV and STD prevention programs, and services for homeless youth. Center on Halsted also works beyond its own walls through its Youth Speak Out program, a 10-week spoken-word apprenticeship held at local schools, and Stand Out, which gathers young people for community-service projects in addition to life-skills sessions.


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Center on Halstead

In 1973, a small group of teens founded an information clearinghouse, meeting place, and helpline known as Gay Horizons. It offered referrals for professional, medical, and social services from a coffeehouse on Lincoln Avenue and organized annual identity conferences. In 2007, the organization reopened its doors as Center on Halsted, a community center dedicated to strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Center on Halsted welcomes more than 1,000 people each day for recreational and development programs, held in a facility that contains classrooms, a technology center, a theater, and a gymnasium. Staff members organize a variety of therapeutic and support services including individual and group counseling, HIV and STD prevention programs, and services for homeless youth. Center on Halsted also works beyond its own walls through its Youth Speak Out program, a 10-week spoken-word apprenticeship held at local schools, and Stand Out, which gathers young people for community-service projects in addition to life-skills sessions.

Reviews

With its free computer center, drop in playroom and open gymnasium... the center's goal has always been to set a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.

Ravi Baichwal , ABC Local, 3/31/12

GREAT organization, great programs, great bunch of people, volunteers and staff alike, and much-needed advocates

Lori M., Yelp, 11/5/09
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    Lakeview

    3656 N Halsted

    Chicago, Illinois 60613

    773-472-6469

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In a Nutshell

Donations fund an informative group discussion session with warm, healthful breakfasts for 48 LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness

The Fine Print

100% of donations go directly to Center on Halsted. Donations are automatically applied. Must provide full name at checkout. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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