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Ensuring Access to Mentoring Programs for LGBTQ Youth

"Youth mentoring programs, such as those of 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, are an important strategy for supporting at-risk youth and preventing them from becoming entangled with the juvenile justice system. This white paper summarizes research showing that LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning] youth would benefit from access to these programs and makes recommendations for youth mentoring programs and local, state, and federal governments to ensure that access" (p. 1). Four parts follow an executive summary: youth mentoring programs; research showing that LGBTQ youth would benefit from youth mentoring programs-at-risk LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system; recommendations-six youth mentoring program policies and practices, LGBTQ-focused youth mentoring programs, requirements in youth mentoring grants, enforcing existing legal protections, and adopting new legal protections; and conclusion.