TPAN has been offering dedicated youth programming since 2010. In that time we've developed a unique niche for connecting with youth of color between the ages of 18-29 in the LGBTQ community. TPAN strives to be a reliable, safe, and responsive resource for our younger clients.
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.
TPAN’s newest program EPIC (Empowering Positive Innovative Change) launched in 2018. EPIC is a holistic health intervention for those desiring support and education in regards to substance use, stigma, trauma, and mental health. The intervention culminates in a retreat-styled format. Other services provided through the program include HIV testing, hepatitis C testing and case management. For EPIC participants needing a higher level of substance abuse care, our program partners at Southwood Interventions and Haymarket Center offer detox/residential and intensive outpatient services. EPIC’s target population is same gender loving African American men (18-29) and same gender loving African American men (30 and older).
TPAN’s HOTTER program (Healthy Outcomes Through Treatment and Recovery) is a SAMHSA-funded program that focuses on mental health issues and substance use. The program is designed specifically for 18-29 young black men in the LGBT community. The program includes a holistic health intervention that touches upon issues such as stigma, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, spirituality, and alcohol and drug use. HCV testing, HIV testing, and outreach are also segments of the program.
Interested in getting away for the weekend? Come and join us for HOTTER’s holistic health retreat! Want more details on what we have to offer? Contact Ashley (773-989-9400 x234) for more details on the next retreat!
Keepin’ it HOTT!
Keepin’ it HOTT is a monthly support group exclusively for individuals who have graduated from the HOTTER program. The group provides a space for graduates to continue conversations and relationships that were built at the HOTTER retreat.
Youth Mental Health Services
Are you a graduate of the HOTTER program and want to make an appointment to see someone for individual counseling or psychiatry services? Contact Paul (773-989-9400 x282) to check on open availability with our Mental Health team!
The Thrive Edition
Thrive is a weekly open process group facilitated by a licensed counselor open to all HIV-positive YMSM (young men who have sex with men) between the ages of 18-29. Thrive meets Thursdays, 6-7:30p.m. Thrive provides a safe space to process one’s HIV status, emotional and mental health, relationships, identity, and personal growth. The group also provides fun activities and cultural outings once a quarter.
Other Helpful Programs – TEAM, Future Focused, Art Therapy
Although these programs aren’t specific to youth, they offer great resources and have been found to be very useful from previous graduates of our youth programming. If you’re interested in learning more about HIV, talking about your status, or engaging in therapeutic art activities and conversations, check out these group programs.
Youth Drop-In Center
The Tea Room, TPAN's drop-in youth center, is a safe space open for young adults to congregate, find help and community. The Tea Room is open Wednesdays to youth 18-29, regardless of HIV-status, race, or gender. Here you'll find a haven and community, as well as medical and mental health care services.
The Tea Room provides a washer-dryer, educational resources, creative arts programing, assistance with school work, linkage to medical care, TV, games, and other services. Light snacks are provided.
All services at the Tea Room are free and open to the public.
TPAN offers free HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) testing services. Check out more information about TPAN’s free HIV and HCV testing hours.
Not sure if you need to be tested for HIV or HCV? We understand. Learn a little bit more about vulnerability for HIV and HCV.
You’re busy and we understand! If you can’t make TPAN’s walk-in testing hours work for your schedule and you’re enrolled in one of TPAN’s youth programs, contact Breon (773-989-9400 x293) to see what we can do. We’ve got you covered.
Referrals & Information
- 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