Henry Street offers a variety of programming to enhance the health and wellness of adolescents and young adults held at the Youth building at 301 Henry Street.
Project Protect is a peer-led HIV prevention program that connects young gay men of color to critical services with the goal of helping them gain stability and financial independence and make better relationship decisions. Project PROTECT Peer Advisors connect these young men with GED classes, college counseling, employment training and placement services, mental and primary health services, access to legal services and benefit screenings, all provided by Henry Street. We aim to connect as many young people to these services as possible, giving them the support necessary for them to have more stability in their lives.
Project Protect accomplishes this through a peer-to-peer model. The program trains and mentors participants to become Peer Adivsors who then serve as positive role models and leaders within their community. The Peer Advisors are trained by licensed social workers in case management, social work ethics, HIV prevention, safer sex, bully resiliency and other issues facing LGBTQ youth. Once trained, Peer Advisors lead workshops and outreach events to educate the community about these issues. They also provide case management to link young people from the community to needed services. Peer Advisors must have excellent communication skills and be enrolled in, or have completed, a program of higher education. Young LGBTQ people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact Greg Rideout at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.254.3100.