TPAN began offering dedicated youth programming in 2010. Since that time we've developed a unique niche for connecting with those between the ages of 18-29 in the LGBTQ community. Our youth programs offer social and cultural outings, monthly peer-led groups, holistic health retreats, individual counseling, psychiatry, and a drop-in space that allows for safety, support, and conversation. Each and every service is free of charge.

Youth Programs

HOPE

HOPE (Health Outreach Prevention and Education) is TPAN’s newest program for young adults, ages 18-24. Participants will discuss important health and wellness-related topics such as spirituality, dealing with stress, mental health and HIV. Those enrolled and active in the program will attend an overnight health retreat at a local hotel. HOPE is open to African-American same gender loving men and African American women.  
 
To learn more and enroll, contact either:
Jovante at (312) 887-1636 (text or call) or j.thomas@tpan.com
Darnell at (312) 887-1637 (text/call)  or d.thurmond@tpan.com
 

EPIC

EPIC (Empowering Positive Innovative Change) is for those ready to learn what they can do to make healthy lifestyle changes. Participants will learn about topics which could be preventing them from living the life they want. Topics will include mental health, trauma and stigma related to gender, HIV status and race. Those enrolled and active in the program will attend an overnight health retreat at a local hotel. Participants who are ready to address substance abuse issues will receive referrals to our program partners at Southwood Interventions and Haymarket Center. EPIC is open to African-American same gender loving men over the age of 18.

To learn more and enroll contact Darnell at (312) 887-1637 (text/call) or d.thurmond@tpan.com

Retreat

Interested in getting away for the weekend? As an enrolled and active member in HOPE or EPIC you are eligible to participate in an overnight health retreat. Contact either Jovante or Darnell to learn more.
 
Jovante at (312) 887-1636 (text or call) or j.thomas@tpan.com
Darnell at (312) 887-1637 (text/call)  or d.thurmond@tpan.com

 

Keepin’ it HOTT!

Keepin’ it HOTT is a monthly support group exclusively for individuals who have graduated from either the HOPE or EPIC program. Participate in lively conversations about the topics you care about—relationships, dating, etc. Stay connected to the friends you made while participating in TPAN programs. For the next group, check out TPAN’s calendar here.

Mental Health Services

Are you a graduate of the EPIC program and looking for counseling or psychiatry services? If so, contact Paul  at (773) 989-9400 x282 to check on open availability. 

Other Helpful Programs

TEAM is TPAN’s treatment education program for HIV-positive individuals who want to learn more about managing their HIV care, HIV medications and talking to their doctor. 

Committed to Living (CTL) is TPAN’s ongoing ‘Lunch and Learn’ series for HIV-positive individuals who want to stay up-to-to date on the latest information on HIV treatment and health. Upcoming CTLs are posted on TPAN’s calendar here.

TPAN has a number of support groups, one of them may be right for you. Oftentimes, we think we are struggling alone. Support groups help us see that there are others who may be dealing with similar situations and who, in turn, can help us get better. Visit here to learn about our current groups.

Youth Drop-In Center

The Tea Room, TPAN's drop-in youth center. It is a safe space open young adults to congregate, find help and community. The Tea Room is open Mondays (4-8 PM), Wednesdays (12-4 PM) and Fridays (11 AM - 3 PM). Here you will find a washer-dryer for your use, snacks, TV, videos games, a computer and easy access to services, including medical care and case management. Check out TPAN's calendar for upcoming Tea Room events, including movie nights.
 
Anyone between the ages of 18-29 and a member of the LGBTQ community or an ally is welcome, regardless of HIV-status, race, or gender.
 
All services at the Tea Room are free and open to the public. 
Contact Jeffrey with questions regarding The Tea Room at (773) 989-9400 x 271.
TPAN
5537 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

Getting Tested

TPAN offers free HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) testing services. If you can’t make it during TPAN’s walk-in testing hours and are enrolled in a TPAN youth program, contact Jeffrey at 989-9400 x271 to schedule a time to come in for a test. 

Are you unsure about if you should take an HIV or HCV test? Decide is you might be vulnerable for HIV or HCV.

Contact Jeffrey at 989-9400 x271 to schedule a time to come in for a test.

Referrals & Information

Navigating the health system can be hard and we get it, but we are here to help pave the way to whatever services you may need outside of TPAN. Whether you’re looking to get more information on housing or needing to get linked to a medical provider for HIV or HCV treatment, give us a call and we will help you every step of the way.
 
TPAN provides information about and frequently refers clients to the following services:
 
  • STI Testing
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) Testing
  • Vaccinations for Meningitis, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B
  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Medical Providers for HIV and HCV Treatment
  • Housing
Don’t see what you’re looking for? If you have questions or you don’t see what you are looking for in our listed youth services, contact Ashley at 773-989-9400 x 234 for additional information. 

Contact Ashley at 773-989-9400 x 234 for additional information about our Youth Programs.