Essex County LGBT RAIN Foundation

Community Partners

Here is a list of our community partners. It is a growing list so please visit this page often. If you have suggestions about other sites to include, use our contact form to let us know. Partnerships will make this even more successful and we encourage collaborative conversations to address the needs of our youth.

HMI 2 GO   |   | Newark, NJ

HMI: Newark is based on the services for LGBTQ youth operated for over 30 years by the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City. Offering counseling and crisis management, health and wellness programming, academic enrichment, job readiness and arts and cultural programming, HMI has implemented its first out-of-state direct service program.

NJCRI – PROJECT WOW   |   | Newark, NJ

The Project WOW! Youth Center provides HIV/STI prevention and substance abuse services to LBGTQ youth between the ages 13 and 24 at high risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV/STIs residing in Essex and Union Counties. The drop-in center provides opportunities for the youth to socialize and build supportive networks while learning new HIV/STI prevention skills in a safe space.

A.A.O.G.C.    |   | Newark, NJ

The African American Office of Gay Concerns (AAOGC) is a community based non-profit organization founded in 2001 by it’s founder and current Executive Director Gary Paul Wright, to ensure that men of color who were gay-identified, bi-sexual or men who had sex with other men (MSM) had a voice in the fight against HIV/AIDS


The Newark LGBTQ Community Center is the product of a collaboration between existing groups serving Newark’s LGBTQ Community, including LITSJC, the City and County LGBTQ commissions, Unity Fellowship Church of NewArk, Newark Pride Alliance, the African American Office of Gay Concerns, Garden State Equality, North Jersey Community Research Initiative and Newark Pride.  In addition, local LGBTQ residents from all neighborhoods, age ranges, gender identities and sexual orientations are being actively sought to become involved in every area of the Center’s development, programming, operation, and oversight.


New York City can be a brutal place for homeless youth and tragically, many young lives have been destroyed. At the Ali Forney Center (AFC), we are making a difference by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them into our safe, homelike environments.  AFC is working hard to provide our youth with the support and nourishment they need to succeed and thrive. We cannot do this work alone. We need the help and support of the broader community to make NYC a safer place for homeless LGBT youth.