Teen HYPE is not a typical after-school program, we are a youth launching pad.

Through the following programs, youth acquire leadership skills, engage in healthy risk-taking, practice readiness abilities, and access sexual health services.

Young people love coming to Teen HYPE because we have created a safe, welcoming, and youth-friendly environment.

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Peer Education

High school students apply to join a cohort of teens and tap into their innate talents and gifts while participating in fun, impactful activities, and creating meaningful experiences they will cherish for a lifetime.


Annual Theatrical Production

For over a decade we have utilized the arts and leadership to raise awareness about social justice issues facing young people. Every year, thousands of youth see reflections of themselves and their stories on the stage. The play is more than an opportunity to showcase young talent, Peer Educators also co-write and design the production alongside professional actors and directors, and Teen HYPE staff.



Love Notes is used to build skills and knowledge for healthy and successful relations for romance, friends, family, school, and work. LN curriculum is facilitated in 12-13 sessions to students in grades (9-12). It’s an innovative and strengths-based approach within a positive youth-development framework that teaches youth about forming and maintaining healthy relationships. The uniqueness of this approach also empowers them to make healthy sexual choices that will boost sexual delay and sexual risk avoidance. All youth, regardless of sexual orientation, have attractions, emotions and desires for healthy relationships. All youth need skills and knowledge to navigate their relationships and make wise sexual choices.

HIV & STI Prevention Services

Teen HYPE provides FREE, confidential HIV/STI testing and counseling services for 13 to 29 year-olds through a Center for Disease Control (CDC) grant. We offer consultations for at-risk individuals including HIV/STI testing, physician visits, and a prescription for treatment to prevent HIV infection.

If you would like to schedule a free test, please call Camille Martin, Health Educator & Outreach Worker, at (313) 948‒8427 or email her at camille.martin@teenhype.org.

If you are looking for other sexual health or substance abuse rehabilitation services, check out our resource guide.


Empowering youth today (eYT)

EYT uses a curriculum for middle school students called REAL Essentials: Starting Point! Starting Point is an evidence and relationship-based intervention with a Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) component. Our Empowering Youth Today program is geared towards assisting youth develop and maintain healthy relationships as they transition from childhood to teenagers. EYT increases knowledge and awareness around the importance of communication, and the significant role decision making plays in forming relationships that helps youth live a healthier lifestyle. The EYT program is implemented through several class sessions on a scope and sequence basis.


Keepin’ It Real

This federally funded, evidence-based substance abuse prevention program focuses on risk avoidance. Keepin’ It Real equips 7th to 9th graders with the skills to help them become confident decision-makers and effective communicators. Over the program’s eight sessions, the students reflect on their lives and personal values to shape a meaningful and relevant learning experience.

If you would like to bring Keepin’ It Real to your classroom or community organization, please submit the appropriate Program Implementation Form below.