Broadway Youth CenterYouth Services at Howard Brown
We serve as a safe haven for LGBTQ youth.
For more than 1,500 teens and young adults, the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) of Howard Brown Health is a haven to seek refuge, medical care, social services, clothes and other much-needed care. All of our services are FREE of charge for youth, ages 12 to 24. To reach BYC directly, please call 773-935-3151.
Located at 615 West Wellington Avenue (at Broadway), BYC also offers confidential HIV testing and STI screenings for chlamydia/gonorrhea (urine test) with results in one week. Syphilis testing is provided during Health Services Clinic hours (listed below). Need your test results or want to find out if they’re in? Contact one of our health educators at 773-299-7621. No appointments necessary, walk-ins only.
Health Services Clinic Hours
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: Noon – 6 pm
Friday: Noon – 5 pm
1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday: Noon – 5 pm
Services Provided by Broadway Youth Center:
- HIV/STI testing
- Health services clinic, including pregnancy tests, birth control options
- Referrals for housing/shelter, employment assistance, mental health and medical services
- Drop-in services (e.g., food, clothing, workshops, counseling)
If you would like more information on volunteering with or donating to the BYC, please 773-935-3151.
Want to donate to the BYC? Please call 773-935-3151.
BYC – Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ (WAUCC)
Services at this location include drop-in, medical and free HIV/STI testing, and Howard Brown’s GED Program.
615 West Wellington (at Broadway)
Transit: CTA-36 Broadway bus, Belmont Red Line, Wellington Brown and Purple Lines
Services at BYC-Wellington are wheelchair accessible. However, the Howard Brown Health Lakeview location is not wheelchair accessible and individuals must ascend a full flight of stairs. Please call Imani Rupert, Director of the Broadway Youth Center, at 773-299-7622 or email ImaniR@howardbrown.org to strategize and explore accessibility, which includes access at BYC or the Howard Brown Health location at 4025 N. Sheridan Road (at Irving Park).
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 3 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
BYC offers confidential HIV testing (mouth swab) and STI screenings for Chlamydia/Gonorrhea (urine test) with results in one week. Syphilis testing provided during Health Services Clinic hours. Need your testing results or want to find out if they’re in? Contact one of our health educators at 773-299-7621. No appointments necessary, walk-in only. Last appointment made at 7 p.m.
With the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may qualify for free expanded healthcare! We can meet with you one-on-one to discuss your healthcare options. We will explain information in simple and plain language, answer your questions and enroll you in healthcare benefits that best fit your needs. The Benefits Enrollment Counselor works with other BYC and Howard Brown Health programs to provide resources and referrals for healthcare specifically tailored for youth and transgender individuals.
For questions about ACA and assistance enrolling in healthcare benefits, contact our Benefits Enrollment Counselor and call 773-388-1600.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 3 – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
BYC offers treatment for syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomaniasis (trich), bacterial vaginosis (BV), yeast infections, HPV (warts), and HSV (herpes). Provides pregnancy tests/options, birth control options and basic medication and flu/cold season care. No appointments necessary. Walk-ins only. Last appointment made at 7 p.m.
615 W. Wellington (at Broadway)
BYC provides referrals for housing/shelter, identification needs, employment assistance, vocational/educational services, mental health and medical services, and basic needs. This program can be accessed through drop-in services or by appointment. For a referral to one of the Resource Advocates, call 773-935-3151.
Please see below for a full list of Resource Advocates:
Sadie Baker at 773-299-7615 or SadieB@howardbrown.org
Sarah Daoud at773-299-7609 or SarahD@howardbrown.org
Offers a safe space for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness to access:
- A place to hang out with your friends, dance and listen to music, make some phone calls, pick up some supplies, and get something to eat
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: Noon – 3 p.m.
For more info, contact Kylon Hooks at 773-299-7624 or KylonH@howardbrown.org
- Clothing Vouchers
Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Limited slots available and must be scheduled in advance with a resource advocate. For house/furnishing needs, contact a resource advocate for an individual visit.
Please sign up Fridays at 1:30 p.m. during Drop-In hours. Laundry will happen at 4:30 p.m. at an off-site location.
Meet at Wellington Ave UCC.
- Youth Food Bank
By appointment with a resource advocate or during Drop-In hours.
- Peer Advocate Project
Project for and by youth of color that builds youth leadership through harm reduction, anti-violence, and anti-oppression frameworks. For more info, contact Maya Patitucci-Cruz at 773-299-7626 or email@example.com
- Community Meetings and Youth-Led Workshops
For more info, contact Mayadet Patitucci-Cruz at 773-299-7616 or mayadetPC@howardbrown.org.
To schedule an appointment, call our main line at 773.935.3151
To schedule an appointment for the GED program, high school and college tutoring, or college application and scholarship assistance, contact Adrianna Collis at 773-299-7601 or adriannaC@howardbrown.org.
Broadway Youth Center
615 West Wellington
Wednesday: 5 -7 p.m.
TYRA is a fabulous group for transgender and gender nonconforming youth 12-24 to share a meal and talk about issues affecting our community. For more info, contact Myles Brady at 773-299-7604 or mylesB@howardbrown.org.
WORKSHOPS AND PRESENTATIONS
BYC offers workshops and presentations with the goal of HIV/STI prevention for young people. These workshops include topics of sexual/reproductive health, safer sex, healthy relationships, self-esteem, transgender 101, how to be an ally and more. These workshops are inclusive of all genders and can be tailored to youth, service providers, and adult ally audiences. If you are interested in more information about presentations, contact Latonya Maley at latonyaM@howardbrown.org.
OUTREACH TABLING AND TESTING
BYC is happy to support partners in events that promote the health and well-being of youth and LGBTQ folks. In addition to HIV/STI testing, we provide information on BYC services, educational materials and free safer-sex materials including a variety of condoms, latex and non-latex barriers (dental dams, finger cots, gloves), and lubricants. If you are interested in partnering with the BYC for your event, contact Latonya Maley at latonyaM@howardbrown.org.