Mission, Vision & History
Hatch Youth is dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allied (LGBTQIA) youth, ages 13-20, to become positive contributors to society by providing a safe social environment, offering role models and peer support, and sponsoring educational and community outreach opportunities.
To achieve a climate of societal acceptance and understanding without regard to sexual identity.
Hatch Youth formed in 1987 to meet the needs for sexual minority adolescents between the ages of 13 and 20. Today, Hatch Youth is a program of the Montrose Center, a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Hatch Youth was founded in response to the request of a lesbian teenage attending the First Unitarian Universalist Church for a place where gay and lesbian youth could meet, share concerns and support on another. In its first year, through word-of-mouth promotion, teens attended weekly meetings from not only the Houston area, but also Galveston, Kingwood and Victoria. The organization had ups and downs over the next four years and was reorganized in 1991. Over the years, Hatch Youth has seen continued growth in the number of teens attending, community support and requests for our outreach services.
Hatch Youth holds that being a sexual minority is neither better nor worse than being heterosexual or cisgender from moral, psychological or philosophical viewpoints. Hatch Youth has not, does not, and will not advocate sexual activity of any kind; homosexual, heterosexual, or bisexual. Naturally, Hatch Youth does not view homosexuality, bisexuality, or “non-traditional” gender identity/expression as problems themselves, but deals with the problems that may arise for such persons because of homophobia and transphobia in our culture.