Days of our Lives and Venice star, creator, producer, writer, Crystal Chappell has been named the newest Ambassador for the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI). The Hetrick-Martin Institute creates a safe and supportive environment in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, ages 12 to 21, can reach their full potential. Through a comprehensive package of innovative and creative after-school programs support services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin, with its experienced professional staff is a leader in caring for our most vulnerable at-risk youth.
HMI is also host to the Harvey Milk High School, an inclusive voluntary New York City public high school focusing on the educational needs of children who are in crisis or at risk of physical violence and/or emotional harm in a traditional educational environment. Crystal recently became involved with HMI after visiting the Harvey Milk School in New York City and through her efforts as well as her wonderful fans, HMI has received hundreds of donations and in-kind gifts from individuals and Starbuck’s coffee. Each Ambassador agrees to raise awareness about HMI and share a common belief that no young person should feel ashamed of who they are and that each deserves a safe, supportive space to grow and thrive. Other Ambassadors of HMI include Andy Bell, Tim Gunn, Cheyenne Jackson, Heather Matarazzo, Mary-Louise Parker, Robert Verdi and B.D. Wong.
Congrats to Crystal, and what a great advocate for this important institution!