Homeless, Out of Home and At-Risk LGBT Youth

QSpot provides advocacy, education, support, and information for homeless, out of home and at-risk LGBT youth.

QSpot’s Homeless & Out of Home LGBT Youth Advocacy and Programming has included;

      • Becoming Visible: Helping Youth in Crisis The only and first annual statewide conference to address LGBT youth homelessness produced in collaboration with community partners, including Garden State Equality, Rutgers University, Tyler Clementi Foundation, NJ State Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Section and others. John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director, was co-founder of the conference and member of planning committee.

      • NJ LGBTQA Youth Stakeholders Coalitioncollaboration of @ 30 NJ organizations working with LGBT youth – John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director, was co-founder of group and Chair of the Homeless & Out of Home LGBT Youth Sub – Committee.

      • NJ Department of Children & Families (DCF) LGBTQI Youth Advisory Committee – advisory/advocacy board for the care/treatment of LGBT youth in children’s welfare system.  John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director, was a committee member.

        New LGBTQI Policy instituted at NJ’s Department of Children & Families

        On September 8, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the state agency responsible for caring for all youth in the children’s welfare system, instituted an LGBTQI policy for the first time. This policy will guide DCF’s work meeting the needs of LGBTQI youth in their care.

        Members of DCF’s volunteer LGBTQI Youth Advisory Committee, including John Mikytuck, QSpot’s Executive Director, worked with DCF for over two years to develop and advocate for the policy.

        “We’re thrilled that New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families has instituted an LGBTQI policy,” said Mikytuck. “I salute DCF’s efforts to better serve the needs of LGBT youth in their care, many of whom have been rejected at home or in their communities, and will continue to assist the department as it institutes the training necessary to support the new policy.”