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HOMELESS YOUTH ADVOCATE  LUCKY S MICHAELS 
Author of the award winning anthology of homeless LGBTQI2 Youth KICKED OUT   
Author of the photo essay on homeless youth SHELTER
Location: In The City, On the streets with the youth, New York, New York

Lucky S Michaels works tirelessly to bring services and support to runaway and homeless LGBTQI2 youth. But things were not always as they are now for Ms Michaels. She has experienced more than most people twice her age. Born in Ohio, but raised in Detroit, Lucky grew up with her three brothers and her single mother in an environment riddled with poverty, surrounded by people who were abusive and involved in drugs. She left home to survive, but leaving her family meant struggling to survive on the streets as a homeless youth.

She has founded the Powers Initiative; which provides global support for and the agencies that serve them. She has experienced poverty, abuse and struggled to survive on the streets as a homeless youth. She eventually helped form Sylvia’s Place, the first shelter for runaway and homeless LGBTQI2 youth and is now an award winning author, serves on many humanitarian committees for health services, AIDS prevention and continues her work to bring assistance to the homeless and awareness of the overwhelming problem of runaway and homeless LGBTQI2 youth and young adults in our society.

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Lucky S Michaels, Homeless Youth Activist
HOMELESS YOUTH ADVOCATE  LUCKY S MICHAELS 
In The City, On the streets with LGBTQI2 youth, New York, New York

In the fall of 2002, Reverend Pat Bumgardner of Metropolitan Community Church  of New York, invited Lucky to help open Sylvia’s Place, New York’s first emergency shelter for LGBTQI2 youth and young adults. By that time the epidemic of runaway and homeless LGBTQI2 youth had already become rampant in the United States.  There were practically no services to address this human tragedy. This shelter, at the time, was little more than a concept, born out of the determination and a dream of another homeless individual, Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia, a lone homeless woman, saw a need and acted on it. She opened a soup kitchen/ food bank with visions of eventually expanding to provide relief to the marginalized yet significant segment of our society, runaway and homeless LGBTQI2 youth (RHY).

Yet Ms. Rivera had barely begun to build this grassroots foundation when the Stonewall Veteran and Trans Activist passed away in 2002. In her stead the shelter for homeless RHY was born. Lucky was hired as a counselor to begin overnight shifts which became the foothold to developing a comprehensive Low-Barrier program addressing the specific needs of RHY. As program director Lucky worked to implement a mental health services component and social work internships to the facility.


HOMELESS YOUTH ADVOCATE  LUCKY S MICHAELS 
In The City, On the streets with LGBTQI2 youth, New York, New York

Eventually, Lucky authored "Shelter" a photo essay that serves as an introduction, advocacy and educational tool. She developed professionally and built her career, utilizing the personal experiences she has had. More recently, she extended that experience in an essay contribution and successfully published anthology Kicked Out. In Kicked Out  she uses her extensive personal life experience and  begins to shed light onto how the runaway youth and young adult LGBTQI2 population has evolved through resiliency and forming chosen families.
Most recently Ms Michaels has contributed to publications such as: "The Lawyer's Manual on Human Trafficking" and as an author to the CDC HIV Testing and Counseling Practices of Runaway and Homeless Youth. She is currently on the Policy committee of the Dept of Health and Human Services HIV/AIDS Planning Council of New York as well as working on policy for the NAC. Ms Michaels is working hard to progressThe Powers Initiative and will be bringing us more information on  the project as time permits. 

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Every night in NYC 20,000 to 40,000 youth are homeless on the streets of New York City.  LGBT youth are especially at risk, few resouces, fewer beds and virtually no shelter.
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An estimated 20000 to 40000 Homeless Youth are on the street tonight in NYC, There are 70 beds in shelters for them, on the best nights there are 400 beds.  Where do they sleep?  Where do they go?
Inadequate shelter systems for youth, especially LGBTQI2 Youth force many spend the night on the trains, in a second they will spend the night on a train rather than face the risks at the adult shelters
Sylvia's place and the Metropolitan Community Church of NYC provide one of the few youth services for runaway & homeless youth
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HIV & AIDS ADVOCATES & SERVICES   -   THE CENTER 
THE CENTER, PROVIDING SERVICES TO THE TRI STATE AREA AND LOCATED IN ASBURY PARK NEW JERSEY

Karen and Leslie from The Center sit down to talk about this important facility, the work they do and service they provide for up to 400 familie3s at a time.  One of only 4 like it on the East Coast and 7 in the entire country the Center provides HIV and AIDS councilling, housing, support and all matter of full service to the community and its clients.  Watch the Video and support this important facility and its people!

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Beacon Light Fund -  HIV/AIDS Services
BEACON LIGHT FUND - HIV /  AIDS SERVICES   - Super Cuts Cut a Thon Benefit
THE Beacon Light Fund is a fund that offers small financial help to people
living with AIDS or disabling HIV disease.
Located in Annandale, NJ 

Beacon Light Fund, an organization that lends support to those living with HIV/AIDS. We sit down with President of Beacon Light Fund, Mr William Schadlich and talk about his organization, funding, events and provide contact information on how You can get in touch with them.  Miss New Jersey 2012 and other New Jersey events associated with Beacon Light will be coming throughout the year.  Beacon Light Fund is one of the most important organizations in the New Jersey/New York region and I encourage you to contact them and help any way you can.  Super Cuts in Boonton NJ held their Cut-A-Thon Benefit with all the proceeds going to the Beacon Light Fund.  Please see the Beacon Light web site linked below for more information and details. Thank You

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Super Cuts crew for the Beacon Light Fund Benefit, Boonton NJ
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Bill Schadlich, President of Beacon Light Fund
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