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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.