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ABCD Health Services: Know Your Status

ABCD Health Services is part of the community, and is invested in helping you avoid risk and take steps to address issues that could impact your sexual health. That includes knowing your status — getting tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea. Early detection can make all the difference.

For Boston residents 15 to 24 years old and identify as women.

All year round, ABCD Health Services produces events and workshops that feature free testing, including Testing Tuesdays. You’ll get a $10 gift card for participating.

105 Chauncy Street 4th Floor Boston MA 02111

 Irvienne Goldson: 617-348-6263

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Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD): Head Start

Head Start programs are available to preschool-age children 2.9 to 5 years of age. Children may qualify for the part-day or full-day program. Provides superb child care and early education while parents work, look for a job, or pursue their education.

Early Head Start programs are available for children from birth until they turn 3 years old. Pregnant women may qualify for the pregnant women program, home visiting program, or part-day or full-day program. Provides superb child care and early education while parents work, look for a job, or pursue their education.

Boston MA

 Main Number: 617-348-6388

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BAGLY’s Virtual Community Center

The Boston Alliance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth (BAGLY) supports LGBTQ youth. BAGLY has moved all of its programs and meetings to Zoom.

 

Check out their website to see the programs they offer.

Boston MA

 

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Boston Baby Cafes

A free drop-in breastfeeding support group where new moms can receive breastfeeding support from certified lactation counselors, and meet other families in the early stages of parenthood. Visit website to find information on address, times, and contact numbers.

Five Locations in Boston:

  1. Boston Medical Center
  2. Codman Square Health Center
  3. Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center
  4. Tufts Medical Center
  5. South End Community Health Center

Boston MA

 

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Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services)

Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) offers free HIV testing, behavioral health services, Hepatitis C testing, and STI testing. In addition, it offers safe sex kits for youth. The hours listed are drop in STI testing hours but call to make an appointment outside of testing hours if needed.

*During COVID-19, GLASS is offering in-person HIV/STI testing, treatment, and PrEP for LGBTQ+ youth ages 18-29. By appointment ONLY, no walk-ins. Every Wednesday between 10am and 3pm. 

Contact: Francisco Rivera, [email protected] or call/text 978-604-6937. 

75 Amory Street Garden Level Boston MA 02119

 Testing Site: 978-604-6937

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Boston GLASS Virtual Services

Boston GLASS supports LGBTQ+ youth of color in Boston. They are offering virtual services such as: individual therapy, in-home therapy, prevention services, and online support groups.

Check out the Boston GLASS virtual services list to learn more about their virtual services.

Boston MA

 

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Boston Medical Center: Violence Intervention Advocate Program

Offers coordinated and intensive home-based service to women who are pregnant or parenting a child under the age of 5 and are survivors of a gunshot or stabbing, or are the significant other or parent of a male survivor of a gunshot or stabbing, who present at the Boston Medical Center Emergency Room.

850 Harrison Ave Dowling Building Ground Floor Boston MA 02118

 Main Number: 617-414-4926

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Boston Public Health Commission: Father Friendly Initiative

Father Friendly Initiative offers case management service designed to assist fathers in becoming more involved in their families—before, during, and after the birth of their child—by encouraging participants to become emotional, financial, and nurturing resources for their children.

 

774 Albany Street Boston MA 02118

 Main Number: 617-534-9525

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Boston Public Health Commission: Healthy Baby Healthy Child

Provides home visiting to pregnant and parenting families with a child under the age of five who reside in Boston. All services are free, voluntary, and confidential. Program includes: health education, nutrition, prenatal education, breastfeeding counseling, family planning, parenting education, etc.

Additional programs within Healthy Baby Healthy Child are:

  1. Partners in Parenting: A parent support mentoring program
  2. Healthy Baby Healthy Child Food Pantry: emergency food assistance for clients and Boston residents

774 Albany Street Boston MA 02118

 Healthy Baby Healthy Child: 617-534-5832

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Boston Public Health Commission: Healthy Start in Housing

Collaborative initiative of the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Housing Authority that helps to secure and retain housing for housing insecure, high risk pregnant and/or parenting families with a child under the age of 5 years, who has a complex condition requiring specialty care. The program includes intensive case management, aimed housing retention, and participant engagement in services and interventions.

 

Boston MA

 Main Number: 617-534-5832

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Boston Public Health Commission: Welcome Family Program

Welcome Family is a newborn (1 day to 8 weeks old) home visit pilot program. Home visit is free, confidential, multilingual, and voluntary. Goals are to increase parental skills;  improve maternal and infant health and well being; increase access to maternal, infant, and family health services; and improve coordination of community services.

774 Albany St. 5th Floor Boston MA 02118

 Main Number: 617-534-5832

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Breastfeeding Support Groups

Free breastfeeding support groups open to the public.

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Stronger Generations

The Stronger Generation Program lays the foundation for a lifetime of health through a focus on the social, medical, and economic needs of women and their families before, during, and after their pregnancies. The program extends beyond the exam room and works to provide social support, reduce stress, and connect families to community resources. The goal of Stronger Generations is to engage young families through leadership development and employment and parenting opportunities to ensure a lifetime of health beginning at birth.

801 Massachusetts Ave Boston MA 02118

 Main Number: 617-582-0188

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Passageway Program

Works to improve the health, well-being, and safety of those experiencing abuse from an intimate partner. Offers free and confidential advocacy services, safety planning, individual counseling and support, support groups, medical advocacy, legal and court advocacy, and referrals to community resources.

 

Boston MA

 Main Number: 617-732-8753

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Proud to Parent Program

A Stronger Generation’s program that increases the communication between young parents and the organizations and agencies that serve them. Proud 2 Parent offers a variety of programs for young parents in Boston that include mentoring, workforce development, and workshops.

Boston MA

 Main Number: 617-582-0187

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Cambridge Family & Children’s Services: Young Parents Support Program

The Young Parents Support Program at Cambridge Family & Children’s Services is a strengths-based program aimed at supporting pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers under the age of 23 years old living in Boston. Parents will have access to home visits, case management, referrals, parenting groups and activities. Holds two location in Boston, MA.

60 Gore Street Cambridge MA 02141

 Young Parents Program Director: 617-876-4210 Ext. 4266

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Casa Myrna Vasquez: Teen Parenting Program

Residential program for pregnant and parenting teens and young adults who have been victims of abuse. Participants receive intensive education in parenting their young children, attend high school or GED classes, enroll in vocational or job skills training, and participate in nightly group meetings. Residents stay for 12-14 months.

451 Blue Hill Avenue Boston MA 02121

 Casa Myrna Shelter: 617-521-0165

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Children’s Services of Roxbury: Priority Population Program

The Priority Population Program at Children’s Services of Roxbury works directly with priority families, such as teen parents, to improve parenting skills, increase knowledge of child development and learning activities, expand social support, and promote positive parent-child interactions

504 and 520 Dudley Street Roxbury MA 02119

 Priority Population Program Main Number: 617-516-5203

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Criterion Child Enrichment: Boston Early Intervention Program

The Boston Early Intervention Program is designed to enable parents and other caregivers to realistically assess their child’s development needs, incorporate educational and therapeutic strategies into daily routines, and utilize available community resources.

 

Boston MA

 Main Number: 617-469-3080

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Family Daycare: Teen Parents

At Family Daycare, the Teen Parents Program connects young parents to child care. Services include: family child care, home visitor services, and outreach and counseling services. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of teenage parents, ages 13-24 years old, and their children.

120 Mt Hope St Roslindale MA 02131

 Main Number: 617-323-6899

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Family Nurturing Center

Family Nurturing Program is designed for parents and children together to build their nurturing skills and understanding of healthy development, appropriate expectations, and discipline with dignity.

Nurturing Father’s Program: Brings together men of all circumstances who need help with understanding how to be nurturing and supportive, while also maintaining their authority and providing consistent guidance and structure.

View Calendar: https://www.familynurturing.org/partner-program-calendar

185 Columbia Road Dorchester MA 02121

 Development Officer: 617-474-1143 Ext. 224

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Father’s Uplift

Empowers fathers to overcome barriers and become positively engaged in their children’s lives. The goal of the program is to uplift fathers and strengthen families.

12 Southern Ave. Dorchester MA 02124

 Main Number: 617-708-0870

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Fenway Health: LGBT Family and Parenting Services

Fenway Health provides resources, information, and educational services to LGBT-headed families. Educational presentations are held where parents can network.

 

1340 Boylston Street Boston MA 02215

 Coordinator of LGBT Family & Parenting Services: 617-927-6243

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Health Resource Center at Another Course to College

Health Resource Centers (HRCs) are a Boston Public Health Commission resource that offers two sexual health educators in ACC on Mondays and Tuesdays. The HRC Team delivers classroom sexual health education; offers students 1:1 health education; and has condoms available for students.

 

Must be a student at Another Course to College to get services from this HRC.

 

During COVID-19, HRC staff are able to meet with students from Another Course to College via phone or email. Students can reach HRC staff Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Condoms are not available at this time. If you are unable to reach Health Educators Marc or Jazmine, feel free to contact Meagan Hemeon at 857-343-0432.

612 E Metropolitan Ave. Hyde Park MA 02136

 Jazmine, Health Educator: 857-343-2300

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Health Resource Center at Boston Arts Academy

Health Resource Centers (HRCs) are a Boston Public Health Commission resource that offers two sexual health educators in Boston Arts Academy on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The HRC Team delivers classroom sexual health education; offers students 1:1 health education; and has condoms available for students. This site also offers STI testing whenever HRC staff are in the school. HRC office is room A-228B.

 

Must be a student at Boston Arts Academy to get services from this HRC.

 

During COVID-19, HRC staff are able to meet with students from Boston Arts Academy via phone or email. Students can reach HRC staff Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Condoms are not available at this time.

11 Charles Street, Room A-228B Dorchester MA 02122

 Meagan, Health Educator: 857-343-0432

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Health Resource Center at Community Academy of Science and Health

Health Resource Centers (HRCs) are a Boston Public Health Commission resource that offers two sexual health educators in Community Academy of Science and Health on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The HRC Team delivers classroom sexual health education; offers students 1:1 health education; and has condoms available for students. This site also offers STI testing whenever HRC is present. HRC office is room 308-B.

 

Must be a student at Community Academy of Science and Health to get services from this HRC.

 

During COVID-19, HRC staff are able to meet with students from Community Academy of Science and Health via phone or email. Students can reach HRC staff Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Condoms are not available at this time. If you are unable to reach Health Educators Heather or Mackensy , feel free to contact Meagan Hemeon at 857-343-0432.

11 Charles Street, Room 308-B Dorchester MA 02122

 Heather, Health Educator: 857-343-0439

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Health Resource Center at English High School

Health Resource Centers (HRCs) are a Boston Public Health Commission resource that offers two sexual health educators in English High School on Wednesdays and Fridays. The HRC Team delivers classroom sexual health education; offers students 1:1 health education; and has condoms available for students. 

 

Must be a student at English High School to get services from this HRC.

 

During COVID-19, HRC staff are able to meet with students from English High School via phone or email. Students can reach HRC staff Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Condoms are not available at this time. If you are unable to reach Health Educators Marc or Jazmine, feel free to contact Meagan Hemeon at 857-343-0432.

144 McBride Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130

 Jazmine, Health Educator: 857-343-2300

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Health Resource Center at Excel High School

Health Resource Centers (HRCs) are a Boston Public Health Commission resource that offers two sexual health educators in Excel High School on Mondays and Tuesdays. The HRC Team delivers classroom sexual health education; offers students 1:1 health education; and has condoms available for students. HRC office is room 316.

 

Must be a student at Excel High School to get services from this HRC.

 

During COVID-19, HRC staff are able to meet with students from Excel High School via phone or email. Students can reach HRC staff Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Condoms are not available at this time. If you are unable to reach Health Educators Heather or Mackensy, feel free to contact Meagan Hemeon at 857-343-0432.

95 G Street, Room 316 South Boston MA 02127

 Heather, Health Educator: 857-343-0439

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Health Resource Center at Fenway High School

Health Resource Centers (HRCs) are a Boston Public Health Commission resource that offers two sexual health educators in Fenway High School on Mondays and Tuesdays. The HRC Team delivers classroom sexual health education; offers students 1:1 health education; and has condoms available for students. This site also offers STI testing. HRC office is Room 126.

 

Must be a student at Fenway High School to get services from this HRC.

 

During COVID-19, HRC staff are able to meet with students from Fenway High School via phone or email. Students can reach HRC staff Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Condoms are not available at this time. 

67 Alleghany Street, Room 126 Roxbury MA 02120

 Meagan, Health Educator: 857-343-0432

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Health Resource Center at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

Health Resource Centers (HRCs) are a Boston Public Health Commission resource that offers two sexual health educators in O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science on Thursdays. The HRC Team delivers classroom sexual health education; offers students 1:1 health education; and has condoms available for students. 

 

Must be a student at O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science to get services from this HRC.

 

During COVID-19, HRC staff are able to meet with students from O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science via phone or email. Students can reach HRC staff Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Condoms are not available at this time. If you are unable to reach Health Educators Marc or Jazmine, feel free to contact Meagan Hemeon at 857-343-0432.

55 Malcolm X Boulevard Roxbury MA 02120

 Jazmine, Health Educator: 857-343-2300

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Healthy Families Massachusetts: Boston Area Healthy Families

Boston Area Healthy Families is a free and voluntary support program for young, first-time moms and dads across the state. New parents can sign up for the program during pregnancy and continue up to their child’s third birthday.

Boston MA

 Main Number: 617-983-5800

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KeySteps at Boston International High School

KeySteps provides year-round counseling and support services for youth including newcomers to the country, special needs youth, expectant and parenting teens, and other young men and women in need of social and emotional support to resolve barriers that interfere with success in school.

100 Maxwell Street Boston MA 02124

 

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KeySteps at Charlestown

KeySteps provides year-round counseling and support services for youth including newcomers to the country, special needs youth, expectant and parenting teens, and other young men and women in need of social and emotional support to resolve barriers that interfere with success in school.

240 Medford Street Charlestown MA 02129

 

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Let Girls Learn

Maybe you can relate: no one’s really talked to you about how to have a healthy relationship, you want to better understand sexual identities, body changes you are experiencing, and you want to stay healthy when you choose to be sexually active.

This 10 hour program from ABCD is for young women ages 11 to 19. Women who are 20 or 21 years old and are pregnant or parenting or in state systems such as foster care may also be eligible. The program teaches about sexual health.

Open to all self-identifying and LGBTQ+ girls. Participants recieve a $25 gift card for completing the program.

105 Chauncy Street 4th Floor Boston MA 02111

 Irvienne Goldson: 617-348-6263

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Massachusetts Asian & Pacific Islanders for Health

Massachusetts Asian + Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health provides an inviting safe space where API LGBTQ+ youth can come together to find support, make friends, and learn how to lead healthy lives. MAP for Health offers health counseling and support, referral and screening services, and general health promotion and advocacy for Asian and Pacific Islanders in the Boston metro area and beyond.

During COVID-19, weekly drop in hours are online. For more details, please contact [email protected].

322 Tremont Street Boston MA 02116

 (617) 426-6755

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Roca, Inc. Young Mothers Program

A program to help high-risk mothers get out of violence and poverty, go to work and care for their children. Supports mothers through outreach, tailored programming, and collaboration with community partners.

 

101 Park St. Chelsea MA 02150

 Main Number: 617-889-5210

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St. Mary’s Home

St. Mary’s Home welcomes young women between ages 13 to 21 years old at any stage in their pregnancy or postpartum. Residents live at St. Mary’s Home for approximately one year, where they learn parenting skills and increase their independent life skills, while also pursuing educational, vocational, and personal goals.

 

Boston MA

 Main Number: 617-436-8600 Ext. 460

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