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.
EPIC (Empowering Positive Innovative Change) is a holistic health overnight retreat experience for those looking to build community. EPIC serves those who are ready to learn and have conversations about important topics related to health including mental health, trauma, relationships, spirituality, and stigma related to gender identity, HIV status and race. EPIC is open to individuals regardless of HIV status – serving those living with HIV and those who are HIV negative.
EPIC offers customized retreat experiences for two different age groups:
- African American young adults between the ages of 18-29, and
- Individuals over the age of 30, regardless of race
To learn more and enroll, contact Eric at (312) 887-1633 (text/call) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 holistic health retreat. Contact Eric at (312) 887-1633 (text/call) or email@example.com to learn more.
KEEPIN’ IT EPIC!
Keepin’ it EPIC is a monthly support group exclusively for individuals who have graduated from the EPIC program. Participate in lively conversations about the topics you care about—relationships, dating, community building, 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 Ebony at firstname.lastname@example.org (773) 989-9400 x 202 to check on open availability.
CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Are you a graduate of the EPIC program and looking to get connected to someone for help with access to medical care, housing, employment assistance, or other supportive concerns? If so, contact Jeff at (773) 989-9400 x271
Participants who may be experiencing substance use issues and interested in further support will receive referrals to our program partners at Southwood Interventions and Haymarket Center. Please contact Jeff if you’re interested in our partnership with Southwood or Haymarket.
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.
The Tea Room: TPAN's Youth Drop-In Center
The Tea Room
The Tea Room, TPAN's drop-in youth center, is a safe space open to 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 and brunch.
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 Ashley at 773-989-9400 x234 with questions regarding The Tea Room.
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 Ashley at 773-989-9400 x234 or Gwen at 773-989-9400 x203 to schedule a time to come in for a test or to ask more about HIV or HCV.
Referrals & Information
Navigating the health system can be hard. We understand and want to be here for you 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 treatment or primary care, 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