This article ran in this weeks In Newsweekly.
BAGLY picked as site for queer youth study
LOOKING FOR 200 YOUTH AGES 14-19 TO PARTICIPATE; RESULTS WILL BE USED STATEWIDE
Boston is one of five locations nationwide to roll out a survey for queer youth between the ages of 14 and 19 that, when completed, will be used by state youth service providers as a tool in implementing new programs.
The National Institute of Health awarded the grant funding the survey, which was created by David Huebner of the University of Maryland Department of Psychology. Huebner earlier this year asked BAGLY if they were interested in being a study site and since it fit the BAGLY mission, a partnership was soon formed.
Along with Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and two other locations still to be determined will be survey sites and tasked with surveying a sample of 200 youth who identify as LGBTQ or who have had a same-sex sexual partner within the last year.
"This study is very important to our community. With the firm backing of the NIH, organizations around the country will have comprehensive data to present for funding and to better serve the youth that are accessing their services," said Trevor Wright, a volunteer at BAGLY who is coordinating the Boston survey. "It is a challenge getting youth to come up to the office and take the survey. It works much better when recruiting and implementing the survey in the youth spaces."
To that end, Wright is also working with Boston GLASS Community Center, a drop-in center for queer youth, to recruit survey participants.
If anyone has any ideas for how I can recruit 14-19 year old queer youth to take the survey can you e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.org. I have been working on this since April and only have 50..... Your advice would help a lot!
D.A.S.H. being the name of the whole study that was not mentioned in the article. (Diverse Adolescent, Sexuality and Heath study.) And I am being paid by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (I am not volunteering.)