Healthy Options for Prevention and Education (HOPE)

The HOPE Coalition (Healthy Options for Prevention and Education) is a youth-adult partnership coalition created to reduce youth violence, substance use and promote adolescent mental health in the City of Worcester.

PEER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

HOPE Peer Leaders are central to the Coalition. Whether changing social norms or creating policy, HOPE Peer Leaders are making Worcester healthier for youth and families. Read more...

HOPE MENTAL HEALTH

Recognizing that teens have a different style of accessing help, the HOPE Peer Leaders created the HOPE Mental Health Model. Reducing stigma and other barriers, mental health counselors are now integrated into youth organizations to provide help 'on demand'. Read more...

YOUTH WORKER TRAINING INSTITUTE

HOPE Peer Leaders have engaged with hundreds of youth in Worcester through surveys, speak outs, focus groups and interviews. We learned that one reason teens stop attending youth programs is because they feel that the staff focus on the younger children. We created the HOPE Youth Worker Training Institute to address this issue. Read more...

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