South Florida is home to a large population of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ). Working as therapists in the diverse South Florida community, we know firsthand the importance of supporting LGBTQ young people and helping to guide them toward healthy, productive, independent lives. Nearly 25% of LGBTQ young people are kicked out of their homes for coming out. They are at disproportionate risk of bullying, homelessness, substance abuse, sexually transmitted disease infection, mental illness, and suicide—not because of who they are as individuals, but because of the lack of understanding and acceptance they often face. Our devoted team is committed to providing support and advocacy to LGBTQ young people in Miami, creating a safe environment where they can learn new skills, plan for a bright future, and discover new possibilities for their lives. We are passionate about identifying risk factors for LGBTQ young people and empowering and educating them so they can protect themselves against such risks.
Through the SAILS Institute, LGBTQ young people can access strength-based and solution-oriented individual, group, and family therapy services at no cost. The young people who participate in The SAILS Institute will also have access to a comprehensive independent living skills program that will offer education and support in the areas of decision-making, physical and mental health, employment, and social skills.
Research shows that LGBTQ young people who receive support and guidance go on to live more healthy and productive lives than those who don’t. The LGBTQ young people of today are the leaders of tomorrow—they are our future doctors, scientists, business owners, and educators. Through the support, advocacy, and independent living skills offered at The SAILS Institute, we can help these promising young people set sail today for a brighter tomorrow.
The SAILS Institute’s mission is to provide support, advocacy, life skills, and exceptional counseling services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people in the South Florida community through services that reflect and support independence, dignity, choice, and privacy.