Lowell Community Health Center has a special program that supports the healthy development of young people and empowers them to become leaders in the community. The program is called Teen BLOCK (Building Leadership Opportunities in the Community). Programs include:
Teen Talk is a weekly support group for teens to discuss common issues that they face. The group is made up of their peers and run by a Mentor/Program Coordinator of Lowell CHC Teen BLOCK. Along with discussions, there are group activities that encourage self-expression through art and writing.
Youth Reaching Out
Through the Youth Reaching Out (YRO) program, young people are able to serve agencies within the City of Lowell in order to engage and encourage them to serve their community. Youth Reaching Out’s main focus is violence prevention through strategic activities and meaningful dialogue. There is power in our voices, and Youth Reaching Out enables young people to express themselves in constructive ways.
Healthy Teens, Healthy Relationships
Making Proud Choices is a science-based curriculum which provides sexual health education. Participants work in small groups with staff to discuss values, human growth and development, relationships, dealing with family stress, and issues related to the social and emotional transitions from adolescence to adulthood. Participants develop communication and decision-making skills through interactive activities, games, and discussions. By creating a safe place for sharing, teens are able to share personal experiences in a confidential setting.
Valuing Our Insights for Civic Engagement (VOICES)
VOICES provides a space for youth to explore their personal experiences and develop leadership skills that they can use in their lives and communities to make changes they are interested in seeing.