By Kimberly Paulk, Senior Connector at SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits
“As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.”
― Frances Ann Lebowitz
Being a teen can be complicated. The folks over at Teen Health Connection understand that, because they’ve been working directly with teenagers since 1992.
Designed to serve a growing number of teens who did not receive routine healthcare, Teen Health Connection has become a source of comprehensive, affordable healthcare for adolescents. Every service they provide is geared directly toward teens, including preventive care, vaccinations and acute care (for things like colds, acne and injuries), along with resources for mental health care and health education.
The Center for Disordered Eating, an outpatient treatment program, provides medical and nutritional services for adolescents 11 to 22. The GEMS Mentoring Program is an ongoing community and school-based group of girls ages 13 to 17 who participate in health education discussions and projects, self-esteem building activities and various community service projects.
Services are provided on a sliding fee scale for any teens without insurance. Interested in getting involved? Check out the opportunity below and visit SHARE Charlotte for more information.
Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS) Mentoring Program – This ongoing mentoring program for girls ages 13 to 17 relies on community volunteers.
Teen Advisory Board – These teen volunteers are the youth voice for Teen Health Connection, and are responsible for participating in community outreach, informing Teen Health Connection decisions and leading public service projects. Applications are accepted once a year. The next deadline will be in April 2015, so mark your calendar!