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In Our Own Voices_2017_Impact Report

Youth Empowerment

Youth Empowerment Services HYPE (Healthy Youth through Prevention & Empowerment) Street Outreach Program is a newly-formed partnership with Equinox. The program offers strategies and existing community resources to effectively identify and engage runaway and homeless street youth. HYPE services include street outreach, emergency services and advocacy to reach safe housing. The HYPE team distribute snacks, survival aid and educational resources, linking youth to emergency shelter, healthcare, and other services. This harm-reduction model and positive youth development approach reduces risks to poor health and safety issues, while building upon youth existing strengths, thus increasing skills, resiliency, and self-sufficiency. HYPE outreach takes place on the streets, in parks, and at schools. The primary source for identifying and locating runaway and homeless street youth has been youth themselves. Participants in other programs at Equinox and IOOV have revealed information about their experiences, and the experiences of their peers. Schools, law enforcement, and community service providers also refer to HYPE for support. IOOV engaged 188 Hackett Middle School students in the HYPE Program leading to 216 encounters! 866 Unduplicated youth were engaged through outreach services. 267 Youth received individual assessments. Emergency services, such as food, clothing, bus passes, hygiene products and other supplies were given to 238 youth, with 274 encounters. 122 Youth received harm reduction tools, including personalized safety plans, behavioral health referrals/services and risk reduction services to prevent sexual exploitation, trafficking or assault. HYPE team facilitated safe and stable housing to 1 runaway youth. In Our Own Voices * 7

t v H.Y.P.E. Healthy Youth through Prevention & Empowerment A Street Outreach Program Support Services Include: • Emergency Housing • Transportation • Food • Clothing • Counseling • HIV/HCV Testing • STI Screening Referrals 24-hour Emergency Hotline: (866) 201-7399 (toll free) Youth Outreach Center Equinox Inc. M - F 10am to 8pm 95 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206 (518)407-0376 IOOV H.Y.P.E Program M - F 9am to 5pm 245 Lark Street, Albany, NY 12210 (518)432-4188 IOOV LGBT Support Line: M-F 9am-5pm (518) 432-4341 Biweekly HYPE Extended Day sessions took place at Hackett Middle School, offering safe space for LGBT and other historically marginalized youth by building the capacity of students to serve as allies and active bystanders to prevent bullying, sexual harassment and other forms of violence. HYPE group provided students with moral support and development through in-depth educational support groups. HYPE groups facilitated skill-building around inclusion and cultural considerations specific to LGBT youth, including youth of color and youth with disabilities. Students were able to apply the tools gained from group as part of an end-of-year peer presentation to 149 students. Presentations included awareness on: A. Individual and group outcomes from HYPE experience B. Diverse Identities within LGBT Youth C. Misgendering and pointers on how to affirm someone’s gender identity D. Bullying Prevention E. How to be an Ally - Power Shuffle Exercise HYPE engaged additional Hackett Middle School students, parents and general community members in transformational work. Outcomes were individual, group and community-based. LGBT Anti-Violence Services IOOV continues to operate the only victim services program in the Capital Region that focuses on reducing barriers and increasing access to safety and support for LGBT victims/survivors of crime. In 2017 IOOV saw an increase in service provision through our Capital Region LGBT Anti-Violence Project. Capital Region LGBT Anti-Violence Project IOOV provided the following Anti-Violence Services Opened 81 new cases,provided information, referrals to clients and service providers 1,953 times. Provided personal advocacy & accompaniment to assist victims/survivors in navigating criminal justice, medical, and HHS systems 765 times. Provided emotional support & safety services to victims/survivors 1312 times. In Our Own Voices * 8

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