The ANCHOR Project in the News: “New Project for LGBTQ Youth Launched by UA, Community Partners”

March 23, 2015

New Project for LGBTQ Youth Launched by UA, Community Partners

WHAT:  ANCHOR Project Kickoff Event
WHEN:  Wednesday, March 25, 4-7 p.m.
WHERE:  2801 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson

To expand support for young adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning, the University of Arizona has been awarded a new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration contract.

Led by the UA’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW), the newly launched ANCHOR Project’s partners are CODAC Behavioral Health Services and the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. The project is being funded at nearly $400,000 in its first year.

The ANCHOR Project targets unstably housed LGBTQ adults aged 18 through 26 who can benefit from various supportive and affirming services. The UA-led project team will support and facilitate activities that encourage healthy decision-making, housing stability, community involvement and educational success.

Overall, the three-year project exists to provide a trauma-informed system of care to ensure that LGBTQ young adults are supported in their efforts to make empowered choices, increasing the likelihood that they are able to lead healthy and successful lives.

“In Tucson SIROW has been working with LGBTQ youth for over a decade and, from our own research, we know that these collaborative projects are effective not only in helping to save lives, but building infrastructure within agencies and strengthening the local system of care supporting these young people,” said Ian Ellasante, the ANCHOR Project’s Program and Evaluation Coordinator.

“We also know from our previous projects that working collaboratively to meet the needs of transitional adult age LGBTQ young people improves outcomes for the majority of participants,” Ellasante said.

The federal funding also has enabled SIROW to open a site for the ANCHOR Project, which is located at 2801 E. Broadway Blvd.

During the March 25 open house, called “Get to Know Your ANCHOR,” staff will share information about the project with prospective participants and members of the general public. Representatives of the media are invited to attend.

Ian Ellasante
UA Southwest Institute for Research on Women


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