Homeless Youth – Health, Outreach, And Peer Education (HY-HOPE)

The Homeless Youth-Health, Outreach, and Peer Education program (HY-HOPE) offers three services – healthcare, outreach, and peer education in order to engage runaway and homeless youth, build trusting relationships, provide healthier alternatives to being on the streets, and assist youth in developing skills needed to support their well-being.

Healthcare is provided through an adolescent health clinic on-site at Calli House. Sponsored by Health Care for the Homeless, a Nurse Practitioner provides health assessments, physical exams, immunizations, STD testing, and family planning services.

No appointment is necessary and all services are provided confidentially and free of charge to homeless youth.

Outreach is conducted weekly to homeless youth living on the streets and youth at-risk of homelessness. The team provides direct access to Calli House youth shelter; critical information and referral to services; health and safety education, crisis intervention and counseling

Peer Education is interwoven into all CCYCS services and allows youth to provide support and education to each other. Current and former CCYCS youth have opportunities to lead support groups, life skills education classes, conduct outreach, and participate in community service activities.