This is a center run by teens for teens with professional staff backing the peer outreach workers.
Together peer outreach workers with professional staff create a safe place where youth can receive health care, visit with one another in a relaxed environment, and learn about safer ways to live. No one makes judgments – the only goal is to help.
In 2013 the Drop-in Center/Clinic had over 9,000 youth contacts. Youth like Rachel who waited at our Drop-in center doors to get lunch, with a hunger so bad her hands shook. Or Billy, who after years of accessing street outreach services, talked with our case manager to enroll in Job Corps employment program.
[symple_toggle title=”Details to Refer a Youth”]Youth 13-24 can access services in our downtown location which is open from 10:00AM – 5:00PM Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday and 1:00PM – 5:00PM on Tuesday. Click here to learn more about the teen center.[/symple_toggle]
[symple_toggle title=”History and Philosophy of the Teen Center”]The POWER Teen Center has been operating with a peer to peer approach for decades.
In the early nineties youth were being tested for HIV on the park benches in the downtown transit center. In 1999, after seeing the increased need for HIV, STI/STD, and pregnancy testing the Teen Clinic was formed. Through community partnership and collaboration youth have access to professional walk-in clinic services 3 days a week. Each year over 400 youth are tested for STI/STD’s. In 2013 over 15% of youth tested were positive for Chlamydia and 100% were treated. The Teen Clinic model is highly acclaimed and won the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for a promising public health innovative practice model in 2007.
In 2008 the Teen Center was expanded to include a more comprehensive drop-in center with professional counseling and case management. Youth up to 24 years old are provided safety from the streets to meet basic needs such as food, clothing and hygiene items as well as support in longer term goals such as education, employment and housing.[/symple_toggle]