Community Programs & Initiatives

The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine provides comprehensive care to promote positive health outcomes for youth in and around Chicago. Our services are structured to support all youth, specializing in reaching young people who often experience barriers to accessing services. We believe in a holistic model of care, recognizing that supporting the health of youth must extend beyond our clinical spaces and into the community.  Community Programs and Initiatives collaborates closely with community members and organizations to promote healthy and inclusive spaces for youth across the Chicago region.  

TransMentor

The TransMentor Program, the first of its kind in the country, pairs , gender non-binary, gender expansive and gender questioning youth ages 12-20 with trans and gender expansive adults. TransMentor uses a youth-centric approach that focuses on the needs of mentees, designing the program around their goals and crafting mentor trainings and support to meet their unique needs.

For more information about the program or to become a mentee or mentor, please contact us at transmentor@luriechildrens.org or visit the TransMentor page

Health Education Program

Our Sexuality Education Program supports students, parent/guardians, and school staff by facilitating thoughtful, culturally responsive, and LGBTQ+ inclusive conversations related to sexual health. Our specially trained staff support conversations and educational sessions related to relationships, social emotional development, and their bodies.

Sessions offered by our team include:

  • Student education: Direct facilitation with students across all levels of education
  • Parent/adult sessions: Supporting parents/guardians/supportive adults in understanding ways to engage youth in conversations related to sexual health
  • Professional development: Modeling ways that teachers/staff can, themselves, facilitate inclusive and engaging sexual health education for their students. Ongoing technical assistance is also available.

For more information on programming and fees, please reach out to Dawn Ravine, Sexuality Education Program Coordinator at dravine@luriechildrens.org or visit the Sexuality Education Program page.

Trainings Education

Our staff facilitate interactive and engaging education and outreach sessions that are designed to improve awareness and understanding of issues facing adolescents and young adults today.

Sessions include but are not limited to:

  • LGBTQ Cultural Competency
  • Creating Gender Inclusive Environments
  • Safer Sex Practices and HIV/STI 101
  • Substance Use Vaping Prevention (beginning 2020)

We’ve conducted hundreds of trainings, reaching over 2,000 attendees at schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, local clinics and health centers, faith-based organizations, and professional conferences.

Staff cater trainings and educational programs to fit the unique needs of individual organizations, businesses and/or schools. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jennifer Leininger at Jleininger@luriechildrens.org or visit the Trainings Education page

HIV/STI Screening

The division provides free confidential HIV/STI screening and safer sex counseling for anyone age 12-24. Our certified counselors offer these testing and counseling sessions in our offices and at community spaces/events. If you’re interested in making an appointment for testing or having us provide free HIV/STI screening at an event at your school, business, or community space, please contact Sal Salam at ssalam@luriechildrens.org or visit the HIV/STI Screening page

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