Louise M. Miller, MPH, is coordinator for the South Bay Free Clinic's Teen Advocate Program in Hermosa Beach, CA.
Teen Advocate Program
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
1982 American School Health Association
Journal of School Health
Volume 52, Issue 10, pages 605–607, December 1982
How to Cite
Miller, L. M. (1982), Teen Advocate Program. Journal of School Health, 52: 605–607. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.1982.tb03942.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2009
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The South Bay Free Clinic's Teen Advocate Program is comprised of three basic components: Clinic duties, outreach and CARE-line. The ten Teen Advocates (TA's) spend a total of ten hours per week divided among these activities. In the Clinic, they perform such duties as intake, blood pressure and hematocrit measurement, exam room assistance, birth control raps and answering the phones. Outreach consists mainly of speaking informally with their peers at school, home, parties or wherever young people congregate. Occasionally, TAs speak formally in high school classrooms or at youth-serving agency meetings (e.g. YWCA). They also distribute evaluation forms for each group presentation given. The CARE-line, a health information and referral helpline for teenagers, is staffed by Teen Advocates Monday-Thursday, 4–8 p.m. Adult volunteer supervisors provide necessary support and guidance for the teen listeners.