Vision, Philosophy, and Guiding Principles:

Youth partnering with community for social justice and health represents the vision for The SPOT. True to this vision, The SPOT welcomes ALL youth (13-24) and responds to their particular needs through a comprehensive model of health and social services.

At the SPOT youth can

  1. access health and prevention services;
  2. strive for positive educational and vocational outcomes;
  3. have a voice and influence in their communities through leadership opportunities.

Our philosophy requires that the SPOT be structured around the following guiding principles:

  1. remove barriers that currently impede youth from seeking or obtaining health and prevention services;
  2. create a center separate from a child or adult clinic environment that is youth-specific;
  3. combine needed health and social services into a single setting;
  4. engage youth in all aspects of the program development and allow opportunities for their leadership to be fostered;
  5. successfully link youth into the existing healthcare system by addressing and eliminating specific barriers.