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Homeless Youth Vincenzo Alexander

On Jan. 22, 2011, New Alternatives Executive Director Kate Barnhart and volunteer Kate Spencer delivered Vincenzo Alexander to Hampshire College for his first semester there.  Vincenzo was forced to drop out of college and became homeless when his parents disowned him after he came out as transgendered, but now he has a second chance.

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Mission Statement

Created in 2008, the mission of New Alternatives is to increase the self-sufficiency of homeless LGBT youth and to enable them to transition out of the shelter system and into stable adult lives. We do this by providing case management, education services, life skills training, community-building recreational activities, opportunities for self-expression, and support services for HIV+ youth. Our guiding principles are those of harm reduction, youth development, and empowerment.