Connect4Life is now PowerOn
Connect 4 Life is a first-of-its-kind program developed to put mobile technology into the hands of one of the LGBT communities most vulnerable populations. According to a landmark 2012 study and part of the LGBT Technology Institute’s Connect 4 Life research, nearly 40% of America’s homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. This equates to over 650,000 LGBT youth on America’s streets at any given moment. These young people have often faced rejection by parents and families and abuse from their peers, leaving them without stable systems of support. When they seek help, they regularly encounter service providers who lack basic competency to care for their needs or provide them with an environment free from attacks on their identities. As a result, homeless LGBT youth experience higher rates of depression, abuse, and suicidality and are more likely to engage in risky social behaviors.
“With LGBT youth being disproportionately affected by homelessness, the effects of “Connect 4 Life” could be far-reaching.”
Huffington Post 2015
Connect 4 Life Research
In 2014, the LGBT Technology Institute released research looking into technology and the homeless LGBT community. The Connect 4 Life program is based on this research and seeks to build on it with the expansion of the program. Download a copy of the research here.
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