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Inri, 24

Inri was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He came to New Alternatives with some friends whom he met while living on the streets of New York City.

What Inri likes the most about New Alternatives are the volunteers. “I want to be like them, one day,” he says. “They’re such great people. They inspire me to do something good with my life.”

Inri started attending college classes, but was forced to stop because he didn’t have enough money. For several months, he lived in the parks of Manhattan before moving into a youth shelter.

With the money he makes as a temporary worker, he hopes to eventually return to school, get his bachelor’s degree and move abroad where he hopes to teach English as a second language.

Inri loves attending New Alternatives’ Life Skills Workshops. “We all learn things from one another,” he says.

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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.