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Harvey Milk High School Competes for Gaga Funding

Harvey Milk High School Competes for Gaga Funding

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Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk High School, has been chosen to compete for $1 million that Lady Gaga will donate to New York-area charities to support impoverished youth.

The superstar entertainer has partnered with the New York-based Robin Hood Foundation, which serves the poor and homeless, to distribute the funds. Of the five groups competing for the money, Hetrick-Martin is the only one whose main focus is at-risk LGBT students. A statement released to the media notes, "The goal of all of Hetrick-Martin's programs is to engage low-income New York City LGBTQ youth ages 12-24 in after school and supportive services, providing them critical programs that promote mental well-being, emotional resilience, and set these disenfranchised youth members on a constructive path towards a healthy and stable adult life. The organization helps teens who have no where else to turn."

The other four charities are the Door, Lawyers for Children, SCO Family of Services, and Safe Horizon.

A Facebook competition has been launched to select the winning organization. Voting is open until this Friday. The winner will receive a $500,000 grant over a two-year period, and the remaining charities will receive smaller grants.

Click here to vote.

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