Hatch Youth is dedicated to empowering Houston-area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Allied (LGBTQIA) adolescents, ages 13-20, to become responsible citizens and positive contributors to society. Read more...
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OutTexas Foundation is now accepting applications for LGBT students in Texas through March 31, 2015. Download an application and instructions here. Texas has demonstrated a gap in both educational achievement and LGBT acceptance when compared to the rest of the nation. That's why the OutTexas Foundation does what they do--and we thank them!

The LEAGUE Foundation provides financial resources for LGBT high school seniors entering their first year of college. Applications are due April 30, 2015 with awards distributed in the summer of each year. Apply here.

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Rock Girl!

Introducing Anna Maria Garza, Hatch Youth Services Associate
by Ty David Lerman, MA, LPC-S, CHt, The Montrose Center

If you’ve been paying attention to Hatch current events, you’ve probably noticed some changes. We are silly-excited (no really, some of us may have actually done a happy dance) to have Deb Murphy back! While Deb was away, the Hatch Youth Services Associate was doing a yeoman's share of the work, but then her family relocated to Corpus Christi, leaving a great big gap!

The interview process was extensive because we’re really choosy about all volunteers and staff involved with the Hatchlings. With this new position opening up, the youth were allowed to come up with their own interview questions, and some were part of the actual interviews. When we say that Hatch gives a voice to young people, we have to listen! They were vital in helping screen candidates! Both the youth and the agency were in agreement with one candidate who stood out. She’s a rockstar! She’s been part of the community for years, AND she’s even a former Hatchling! Who is this girl…? drum roll

Anna GarzaShe's Anna Maria Garza!!!

Anna’s family moved to the suburbs of Houston when she was in middle school. She describes herself as always being a little bit of a rebel in the non-destructive/non-conforming kind of way. Either from her self-identified “weirdness,”, or some other factor, she didn't have a lot of friends and like many teens, not many “out” peers in middle and high school. In high school art class, she wondered if one of her classmates was like her. She secretly came out to him by showing him the pink triangle she had on her binder. When he recognized the symbold, the two hit it off like Justin Bieber and saggy pants! The dynamic duo eventually caught wind of an LGBT youth group that met once a week (at that time) and found a way to get there.

When Anna talks about her first experience with Hatch, she lights up like the “big kid” she likes to describe herself as. She said Hatch was her salvation.

“To see people like you made everything less weird”, she shared. Her time in the group provided tools to be more confident as Anna. The friendships she made at Hatch have been life-long. She recounted recently attending an out-of-state wedding. “It was like a mini Hatch reunion,” she joked. Her experience and nourishment in Hatch helped pave the way for her future work as an adult.

Anna also is an accomplished musician, playing drums, guitar, bass guitar, and doing vocals. She was part of a short-lived, all-girl band that helped light the passion for helping other young women find their voices – literally and figuratively! In 2010 she launched the Houston chapter of Girls Rock Camp, a non-profit that empowers young women through music. Many of the goals of Girls Rock fall right in line with Hatch's mission.

Her activist fire continues to burn brightly, taking on the fight for reproductive rights, women’s rights, racism and classism. Adding LGBT youth to her list was a no-brainer for Anna when the Youth Services Associate position opened up. For  her it was coming full circle. Anna is excited to give back to the program that was such an influence for her own life.

The Montrose Center is lucky to have scored such a fireball of enthusiasm and positivity! Not to mention, we now have our very own Rock Girl!

DigiHatch: Comcast Supports Digital Literacy for LGBTQ Youth

DigiHatch posterComcast in partnership with CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers are reaching out to LGBTQ youth across the nation with grants to promote digital literacy. Hatch Youth's DigiHatch project was one such winner.

The project will engage youth by combining digital literacy instruction with LGBT history and heritage, as well as creative expression through a series of classes to held here at the Center. Over the course, each youth will learn to create a blog or website of their own, giving voice to their own opinions and perspective by incorporating original prose, poetry, art, graphic design or content of their choosing. Select volunteers and staff will lead the course.

The Comcast grant provides Hatch Youth with the necessary tools, equipment and connectivity. The equipment (computers, tablets and visual equipment) will remain with Hatch and allow us to continue digital literacy and creative programming in the years to come.

Though previous generations have gotten by with limited technological proficiency, it is an expectation for all youth who are entering or preparing to enter the job market. Not every person born in the "digital age" has regular access to the Internet at home, or uses it. A majority of regular Hatch Youth participants are from low-income households in which connectivity may be intermittent and devices to access it scarce, shared among the entire household, and/or low-performing. Others may overuse computers or spend an inordinate amount of time on one specific type of technology (i.e., gaming or social media), which can impact educational performance and create "blind spots" regarding other common technologies. Research suggests that variety and moderation of technologies is important to becoming digitally-literate.

DigiHatch Spring 2015 session starts January 25. To register, contact us by email.

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About the Prom

Prom 2014

The Hatch Prom is held on the first Friday of June. The Prom Steering Committee, comprised of Hatch youth, develop a new theme each year. They then work with the staff and designers to transform the first floor community room at the Montrose Center into their prom dream.

NEXT PROM    June 5, 2015 • 7pm - Midnight

The Hatch Prom is a tradition and rite of passage for Houston-area LGBTIQA youth. Imagine going to your high school prom and being able to dress like you want to, dance with your partner, and just be yourself! That's what Hatch prom is all about. You won't recognize the place because it'll be transformed into an awesome dance floor with a rockin' DJ, and tons of yummy food. We'll have a photographer there to take your photo.

As always, adults are invited to attend to relive their own prom for $25 at the door. LGBTIQA youth up to age 20 are admitted for free. We encourage the youth to wear a costume, come in drag, gown, tuxedo, or whatever they're comfortable wearing as long as it's legal.

Prom also happens to be an opportunity for the community to give back and earmark their funds for this youth program. In the last few years, we've expanded Hatch to offer in-school meetings, Safe Zones on-campus counseling, Outreach workers who try to keep LGBT youth from living on the street. We thank our generous sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible!


Any Houston-area businesses who want to participate with food donations or prom court donations should get in touch with Des Walwyn at 713.529.0037 x368.


We need lots of super-awesome volunteers to get things ready and for clean-up. We especially need people that can help decorate and run errands on June 5-6 during the day. If you want to join our Prom Volunteer Crew, please contact Jay Mays at 713.529.0037 x395.


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