LGBTQ Youth At Hetrick-Martin Institute

Ing’s Peace project and LGBTQ Youth

At Hetrick-Martin Institute, Newark, NJ

Comments on “What does Peace mean to you?”

And artworks, during fall and winter 2012

Organized by Gabriela C. Celeiro, Bilingual Counselor

I love flowers, they are beautiful.  I wait for the weather to change till spring then I can go to my backyard garden.  I cultivate my garden seeing the plants rising and growing each day.  Then the magic will come when the flowers show up to greet me.  I can spend hours in my little garden.  To keep the beauty of these flowers in winter when I long to see them I take a lot of pictures.  Thanks to the evolution of digital cameras I can take the photographs and print to give to friends or make a slide show or movie.

 When I sat wanting to compose the finished artwork from the LGBTQ youth comments poster I thought of something beautiful.  I want this group of youths to feel beautiful just like my beautiful flowers.  When we feel beautiful then we feel good.  As long as we feel happy we can do a lot of things no matter what some people say.

Below are the sections of my finished artwork that show the written comments from the LGBTQ youth on “What does Peace mean to you?” on my Peace Project Poster that accompanies beautiful flower images that I took from our backyard garden. 

 

 

 

 

You Are Beautiful

Life is precious

Life is short 

Enjoy as much as you can

 

Try to be independent 

But ask when you need help

 

Help yourself as much as you can 

And help the others as much as you can

 

That is life 

As long as you try your best

Then you will be worthwhile 

 

Be kind and be happy

 

Because you are beautiful 

We are all beautiful

 

And we are all equal

 

Lead your life in a harmonious and peaceful way

 

Because you are beautiful to me

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Thursday, March 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

Appreciate simple things around you

Minimize luxury life styles

 Be more concerned with conservation

  Be generous and kind

 Remove ill thought

  Broaden your knowledge

 Learn and do your best

  Understand things beyond yourself

If you are still dissatisfied

 Then sleep and after your rest

 Try again the next day

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Saturday, February 9, 2013, 4:38 pm

 

Equality for All

There will be no Peace

Without equality

If the scale of justice

Is unbalanced

 

There are always reasons for oppressors

To put others down

 

At one time women could not own property

And could not vote

And slaves of all races could be sold like cattle

And others historically were also treated wickedly

 

Humanity has evolved

Using our brains and our knowledge

To progress and change

 

Change we must!

Equality is balance

 

Human Rights is for all

And equality is for all 

This will bring peace to the world

 

 Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:03 am

I am glad to know Gabby.  I appreciate her help bringing my Peace Project to the LGBTQ youth.  I even more appreciate her enthusiastic helping to educate the youth.  It requires a special kind of person to undertake the work that she does. 

 Below are the communications between us via emails for introducing my Peace Project to the LGBTQ youth: 

Hi Ing, 

It was nice to see you today, as per our conversation I wanted to e-mail you some information about the agency I work for. 

The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual

orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to

achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian,

gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 12 and

24 and their families. 

Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin

seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes

excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create

innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.

 The agency is based out of New York City, but we have opened up a satellite site

here in Newark, NJ.

I worked in the NYC site for 3 years and have returned to the agency to work in

their Newark site which is located at 200 Washington Streetat the Rutgers Yess

Center.

At HMI-Newark we work with youth ages 12-21 from the greater Newark area.

 We provide: 

  *   Mental Health & Supportive Services: support groups for youth-related issues

including relationships and “coming out.”

  *   Health & Wellness: health education groups and referrals for HIV testing,

provided by community partners.

  *   Arts & Culture Programs: service learning programs with a focus on leadership

and team building.

I will be starting an Expressive Arts Therapy group that will run on Wednesdays from

4:30 pm-6:00 pm from September 12th to December 19th.

I will be incorporating the Peace Project as part of my curriculum.

As per our conversation I will be picking up the large Peace Poster next Monday, September 10th.

Thank you,

Gabby 

Gabriela C. Celeiro

Bilingual Counselor, HMI To Go:Newark

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Home of theHarveyMilkHigh School 

2 Astor Place|New York City 10003 

Empowerment, Education, & Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth

Phone 212-674-8695

Fax 212-674-8651

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 Hi Gabby,

Thank you very much for your email and all the information.  I am glad to know you and appreciate you and your organization taking an initiative to help this group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  I am looking forward to working with you on my Peace Project.

I will see you tomorrow and hope that you will be O.K. with the bronze.  I will prepare my Peace Poster for you to pick it up on Monday, September 10th.

See you tomorrow.

Ing

 My phone number is 973-642-0029, in case you need to contact me by phone.

http://ingpeaceproject.com/ings-videos-on-youtube/

Ing’s Videos on YouTube

Hi Gabby,

Thank you very much for returning the Peace Poster with very good and interesting comments.  I like some of the designs on the poster.  I will try to find time to do the finished artwork from the poster that you returned to me.  Would you tell me when you are going to have the art show of your students?  I have quite a few projects that I have to finish.  I am looking forward to seeing your comments from my questionnaires.

I just finished few of videos for YouTube.  If you have time to view them please visit my website and the link for Ing’s Videos on Youtube page is as the following

http://ingpeaceproject.com/ings-videos-on-youtube/

Please let me know what you think about the videos.  Your comments and suggestions will be helpful and greatly appreciated.

 All the best,

 Ing

 Hi Gabby,

 How are you?  I hope you are ok.  I just finished the Artwork of the poster that you organized form HMI students.  If you have some free time I would like to show the finished artwork to you.  Please email me when you would like to come or call me at 973-642-0029.  We are open our shop at 12 noon and close at 6 pm.

 See you soon.

Ing

 3.25.13

 Wonderful I will try to come by today before 5pm.

 Thank you,

Gabby

Sent from my iPhone

Mar 27, 2013

Gabby came to see me about 5:30 pm.  I showed her the finished artwork, she liked it. We took some pictures in front of the large size of finished artwork print.  I gave her the medium size print (24” x 14”).

 

Ing’s Peace Project & LGBTQ Youth

Link to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seqjsap7LQc&feature=youtu.be

(7:42 minutes)  

 

Hi Gabby, 

 How are you?  I hope you are fine.  I just uploaded LGBTQ Youth & Ing’s Peace Project video on YouTube, the link is:  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seqjsap7LQc&feature=youtu.be  

Please let me know what you think about the video.  

Hope you have a nice summer.  

Ing  

7.1.13  

Hi Ing,  

The video looks wonderful, thank you so much for doing that.  

Please see attached pictures of the peace poster in my 

counseling office, I had it framed and showed it at an art 

exhibit atRutgersUniversityinNew Brunswick, for 

the department of child protection and permanency in New Jersey.  

Thanks,  

Gabby   

Gabriela C. Celeiro 

Bilingual Counselor, MSW 

Hetrick-Martin Institute-Newark 

Empowerment, Education, & Advocacy for LGBTQ Youth 

Phone 646-581-0720
Fax 212-674-8651
Gceleiro@hmi.org | www.hmi.org 

 

Hi Gabby,  

Thanks for the attachments.  I do love your composition about the LGBTQ youth.  Your writing helps the readers to understand the lives of this group of youths and how they can get themselves into bad situations and become homeless.  My love and my heart go out to these youths.  The help that you and your organization offer to these youngsters is to be complimented and should be recognized as a good example for others to follow.  

I am glad that you have the finished peace project artwork framed and exhibited.  

Please let me know if you would like to work on my peace project with the new classes and the new group of youngsters again.  

I hope you enjoy your summer.  Please stop by when you are near our shop.  

All the best,  

Ing  

PS. I hope you do not mind, I posted your responses to my email on my website. 

7.4.2013  

The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 12 and 24 and their families.

Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.

HMI:Newarkis based on the services for LGBTQ youth operated for over 30 years by the Hetrick-Martin Institute inNew 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.

Provides after-school services to LGBTQ youth in the City of Newark

•Mental Health & Supportive Services: support groups for youth-related issues including relationships and “coming out.”

•Health & Wellness: health education groups and referrals for HIV testing, provided by community partners.

•Arts & Culture Programs: service learning programs with a focus on leadership and team building.

Provides a safe and supportive environment for Newark’s LGBTQ youth to reach their full potential

•By collaborating with family and other support systems, we work to engage youth in their own growth and development and get them involved as responsible citizens of their community.

•Available to young people and their families.

•Open weekdays 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm, year round.

•Open to youth between the ages of 12 to 21.

 HMI: Newark (A Demographic Snapshot)

•Multi-ethnic: 42% African Americans, 27% Latin , 4%  Caucasian, 4% West Indian, & 22% Other.

•Serve youth fromNewark, the greaterEssexCounty, and beyond.

•Educational status comprising youth from Junior High: 9%, High School: 82%, College: 7%, & Out of School: 2%.

•53% high school graduates with  47% youth attending college next year.

 HMI: Newark

Located in the Rutgers T.E.E.M. Gateway/YES Center

200 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07101

 For more information, please contact Juan Williams, LMSW, Site Supervisor, HMI: Newark at jwilliams@hmi.org or 347-501-2930.

Our Programs & Services

After School Programs

Year-round, in a safe, supportive environment, the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s After-School Services Department provides its youth members (whether they are enrolled in school or not) a wide range of group activities designed to develop social and interpersonal skills and build confidence. Last year our After-School Department reached more than 2,000 LGBTQ youth and their families.

Arts and Culture programs foster self-expression through dance, film, photography, painting, theater, and more.

Health and Wellness programs range from hands-on instruction in how to cook healthy meals to learning more about STDs, fighting stress, and preventing HIV.

Academic Enrichment programs help our LGBTQ youth prep for college, do computer training, get help with homework, or join a book club (among countless activities).

Job Readiness and Career Exploration programs assist in building job skills, writing résumés, and landing internships.

Supportive Services

From the first moment a young person enters HMI, one of our team of professional Supportive Services counselors is there to:

  • Assess the safety of each youth.
  • Offer assistance in getting a meal at Café HMI, getting clothing from our pantry, and finding housing.
  • Provide counseling sessions based on individual needs. Individual, group, and family counseling are available.
  • Make referrals to LGBTQ-sensitive agencies.
  • Provide an opportunity for youth to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to move toward self-sufficiency, self-acceptance, and personal success.
  • Be a part of their care and their family.

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HMI Youth Members can take their involvement to the next level through our paid-internship and experiential programs. Learn More

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Advocacy and Capacity Building

Advocacy: Educating Decision Makers on Issues Affecting LGBTQ Youth; Providing a voice for those who often go unheard. 
HMI Staff works to provide information and best practices to address the needs of the often disconnected population working with policy makers, government institutions and the community-at-large, advocating on the behalf of LGBTQ youth and those that support them.

Capacity Building: Training and Resources
With over 3 decades of experience, HMI takes its best practices in LGBTQ youth service delivery on the road!  We offer workshops, trainings and seminars in how to serve this unique population.  Our trained staff will work with you and your organization or community to provide a custom-designed training that meets your specific needs.  Workshop topics include, “Building Inclusive Communities,” “Understanding Human Sexuality and Gender Identity,” “Working with LGBTQ Adolescents,” and much more.

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