Donate during November and December to the Y-HEP Clothing Drive
New or gently used clothes will benefit those in need.
Here at Y-HEP, we strive to provide excellent services to everyone that comes through our doors. No matter what obstacle or barrier they may come across, we are there to assist in overcoming them. In the past, we have struggled with effectively supporting all of your young people to stay warm throughout the winter. We make due, but we could always do more. This year looks to be no different, so we’re asking for our community members to help us make this winter a lot warmer.
Boots & Shoes
For young folks (ages 13-24) and children (infants – age 5), for all genders and body types.
Drop off between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday at 1417 Locust Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA.
If you or anyone in your life has access to community spaces, please Download the Clothing Drive 2015 Flyer (PDF) – Coffee Shops, Universities, Common Areas, Support Groups, Companies; it all counts. If you want to post it online, you can grab the JPEG file.
For 20 years, Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP) has been a refuge, a safe space, and in many cases, a place where thousands of vulnerable Philadelphia youth have been able to call a home.
Philadelphia FIGHT is excited to announce the Y-HEP 20th Anniversary: “This is How We Do It,” which will take place on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Moore College of Art, 1916 Race Street in Philadelphia.
Openly gay former NFL player Wade Davis is coming to Philly tomorrow to speak at Philadelphia FIGHT’s 2014 FIGHT For Life Gala, a fundraiser for the organization’s mission to destroy HIV in Philly and beyond. Before he takes that stage, though, he’s going to warm up with a quick game of dodge ball with some of FIGHT’s youth.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control announced it was monitoring the drug’s use in four cities — Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston and Newark, N.J. That resulted in a burst of news reports about the drug, but not the expected rush of new prescription requests.
“It’s the history of HIV. It was pushed aside. It was stigmatized. It was something other people had to worry about, so not enough resources went into it,” said Tiffany Thompson, who directs Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Project (YHEP).
“It’s easy for me and other folks in the bubble who are aware, but go into certain communities in North Philly or South Philly. Go into a bar in Rittenhouse. You’d be surprised at what people don’t know. That’s why we’re still struggling.”
Truvada, which generally has few side effects, is the most effective tool yet developed against HIV, which infects 50,000 Americans each year. Its California-based manufacturer, Gilead, offers financial-assistance programs covering the entire cost of the pills for the uninsured or the co-pays of those with insurance. (Purchased outright, the drug can cost as much as $1,000 per month.)
Philly FIGHT just announced that Grammy-nominated rapper Wale will headline this year’s “Hip-Hop for Philly” concert during the 20th anniversary AIDS Education Month. The evening of music doubles as an initiative to motivate young people to get tested. Tickets will be free to anyone aged 13 to 24 who get an HIV test at one of four HIV-testing events around Philly.
Philadelphia FIGHT’s Youth Health Empowerment Project recently opened the doors of a new clinic designed to provide primary health care to young people.
The Y-HEP Family Care Clinic is located at the agency’s headquarters at 1417 Locust St., on the third floor. Y-HEP provides treatment and prevention services and other programs for at-risk and hard-to-reach youth.
Philadelphia FIGHT has announced a new program director for its Youth Health Empowerment Project, which is a program under Philadelphia FIGHT. Tiffany Thompson, 31, took over as program director last month.