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Established by community organizers in 2005 with IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit status granted effective 2010, the AMAAD Institute's mission is to facilitate access to programs and services that foster safe and supportive healthy environments for people to live, learn, and develop to their fullest potential. While AMAAD's primary administrative and program office is located Los Angeles, California the organization is aggressively pursuing the development of a national program portfolio that addresses the intersection of social justice and health disparity issues that LGBTQ populations are disproportionality impacted by HIV and Substance Use Disorder.
AMAAD is truly a specialized boutique organization with a modest budget that consists of a diverse mix of government and private funding sources. AMAAD's mainstay activities consist of peer-based essential services that faciliate the connection of people to a broad range of coordinated health and human social services, community resources, and capacity trainings.AMAAD's existing funded efforts include:
AMAAD Ambassadors: Young Black Gay and Bisexual Men's Leadership Development & Engagement in South Central Los Angeles;
Fierce, Fabulous, and Free: Identify Affirming Support Groups & Activities which include "Chat & Chew" and "Your Story, Your Words";
Navigation Support & Case Management: HIV, Substance Use Disorder (SUD), and Mental Health Service Linkage
Recovery Community Support: Peer-to-Peer Recovery Counseling and Coaching;
House of Resiliency (Big Mamma's House): Temporary Residential Shelter for Homeless Gay Youth;
Reclaiming Innocence Project: Prison/Jail Reentry Behavioral Health Therapy;
Public Policy Advocacy: Public Education and Community Organizing.