POWER Teen Center
The POWER Teen Center is a center run by teens for teens with professional staff backing the peer outreach workers.
Together, our staff create a safe place where youth can receive health care referrals, visit with one another in a relaxed environment, and learn about safer, healthy ways to live. No one makes judgments – the only goal is to help.
In 2016 the Drop-in Center/Clinic had over 14,000 youth contacts. We provided services to youth like Rachel who waited at our drop-in center doors to get lunch, with a hunger pains so bad that her hands shook and Billy, who after years of accessing street outreach services, talked with our case manager to enroll in Job Corps employment program.
Youth 13-23 can access services in our midtown location which is open Monday-Thursday from 1pm-5pm. Click here to learn more about the teen center.
The POWER Teen Center has been operating with a peer to peer approach for decades.
In 2008 the Teen Center was expanded to include a more comprehensive drop-in center with professional counseling and case management. Youth up to 23 years old are welcome and provided safety from the streets to meet basic needs including, but not limited to: food, clothing and hygiene items as well as support in longer term goals such as education, employment and housing.