Y-HEP is a program of Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive health services organization providing primary care, consumer education, research, and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at high risk, state of the art, culturally competent HIV primary care, consumer education, advocacy, social services, outreach to people living with HIV and to those who are at high risk, and access to the most advanced clinical research. FIGHT’s goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of those currently living with HIV.
Y-HEP began in 1994 as a citywide pilot project to reduce the spread of HIV and STDs among adolescents and young adults in the Philadelphia area. Today, Y-HEP is a vibrant, multi-faceted, community-based health and leadership development program that serves over 3000 youth every year.
Y-HEP is a trauma-informed, comprehensive adolescent and young adult program that offers holistic health services, sexual health education, drug and alcohol support, drop in day services, and leadership activities to over 3000 high-risk/high promise, low-income, urban youth ages 13-24 living in Philadelphia.