Youth Services

In February 2015, Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) became a part of Whitman-Walker Health. Together, we’ll eventually be able to offer a wider variety of health-related services to youth ages 13 to 24 and their families than ever before. Below is information on the youth-focused programs and services we currently offer. These continue to operate out of the Eastern Market location.

REALTalkDC

The REALTalkDC team links young people ages 13 to 24 years old to sexual health information, training opportunities, free condoms, and and HIV/STI/pregnancy testing. Information on all RealTalkDC events and programs can be found on our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
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In February 2015, Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) became a part of Whitman-Walker Health. Together, we’ll eventually be able to offer a wider variety of health-related services to youth ages 13 to 24 and their families than ever before.

Below is information on the youth-focused programs and services we currently offer. These continue to operate out of the Eastern Market location.

REALTalkDC

The REALTalkDC team links young people ages 13 to 24 years old to sexual health information, training opportunities, free condoms, and and HIV/STI/pregnancy testing. Information on all RealTalkDC events and programs can be found on our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

  • RealTalkDC operates out of the FreeStyle Peer Education Center located at the Eastern Market location. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3:30 pm – 7 pm during the school year and 1 pm – 7 pm during the summer.
  • The FreeStyle Peer Education Center offers youth a safe space to be themselves. They have access to staff, peer representatives, and peer ambassadors who can help address personal concerns, sex-related questions, or free and confidential testing. The Freestyle Center also hosts weekly events to foster healthy youth-focused interactions and discussions.
  • RealTalkDC provides youth with opportunities to develop leadership, workforce readiness, and facilitation skills. Youth can complete community service hours through volunteer opportunities within the program or by enrolling in a Boot Camp training program that covers a wide range of topics from STIs to resume writing.

HIV, STI, and Pregnancy Testing

Please note HIV/STI testing will be closed all day Friday, November 11th at our Eastern Market location for building updates.

Our Eastern Market location offers free HIV, STI and pregnancy testing Monday through Friday from 11 am to 7 pm. No appointments are needed as testing is walk-in only, but clients must arrive no later than 6:40 pm.

  • HIV Testing—We offer two types of testing. They are the INSTI (finger stick) with instant results in 60 seconds and the OraQuick (oral swab) with results in 20 minutes. For those who test positive, immediate assistance is available with confirmatory testing, care advocacy, and linkage to medical care and support services.
  • STI Testing—We conduct urine-based STI testing. Results take 1 to 2 business days, and we offer treatment referrals for those who test positive.
  • Pregnancy Testing—We offer urine-based pregnancy testing with results in 3 minutes. Additional assistance with resources and referrals for carrying to term (whether parenting or adopting) and terminating are available.

Behavioral Health Services

Free individual and group psychotherapy is available to LGBTQ young people ages 13-30 who have experienced or witnessed a crime (no police report required). This program provides low-barrier access to competent outpatient mental health services helping support clients’ overall wellbeing. Therapy can be provided at any Whitman-Walker Health office or within the community. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a screening, please call 202.803.6848.

Capacity Talk

This program offers free capacity building services to youth-serving organizations and schools in our nation’s capital.

STABLE Families

Provides direct supportive services to families affected by HIV, including HIV-positive pregnant women.

Youth Care Navigation

We offer support to make sure that young people living with HIV are connected to medical care and STAY in care.

Meet the Youth Services Team

Megan Broderick

Megan Broderick

Care Navigator

Megan Broderick joined Whitman-Walker after earning her Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University. She works as a Care Navigator for families impacted by HIV, with a focus on... Read More

J’Mia Edwards

J’Mia Edwards

Community Health Worker

J’Mia Edwards became an advocate for HIV/AIDS after becoming infected in 2005. Since that time, Edwards has been an Outreach Worker with The Women’s Collective, and an HIV Tester and Counselor... Read More

Timothy Elliott, LICSW

Timothy Elliott, LICSW

Coordinator of LGBT Youth Mental Health Programs & Psychotherapist

MSW - Andrews University

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment – Level 1
Certificate in Co-Occurring Disorders Competency

1525 – by appointment
Eastern Market – by appointment
Max Robinson Center – by appointment

Latoyia Johnson

Latoyia Johnson

Senior Youth Health Educator

Latoyia Johnson is a Senior Youth Health Educator and has more than twelve years of experience in the public health field. Johnson started her public health journey with Planned Parenthood’s... Read More

Jamir Kirby

Jamir Kirby

Youth Health Educator

Jamir Kirby is a Youth Health Educator who started at Whitman-Walker in December 2015. He is originally from New Castle, Delaware and received his bachelor’s degree in health science from Lincoln... Read More

Jennafer Kwait

Jennafer Kwait

LGBT Research Manager

Jennafer Kwait is an LGBT Research Manager at Whitman-Walker Health. She worked with Metro TeenAIDS since September 2014, leading their new LGBTQ youth wellness initiative. Prior to coming to MTA,... Read More

Dwayne Lawson-Brown

Dwayne Lawson-Brown

Youth Health Educator

Dwayne Lawson-Brown has managed the RealTalkDC social marketing campaign since its 2008 inception. With Metro TeenAIDS’ transition into the Whitman-Walker family, Lawson-Brown has taken greater responsibility in planning and implementing... Read More

Kimberly Morrow

Kimberly Morrow

Evaluation Specialist

Kimberly Morrow is the Evaluation Specialist at Whitman-Walker Health.  She serves as the database administrator for youth and family-based programming.  She monitors the data collection process for programs and analyzes... Read More

Chiquita Reid

Chiquita Reid

Youth Health Educator

Chiquita Reid is a native of Washington, D.C. She participated in an AmeriCorps apprenticeship program. Through Public Allies DC, she joined Metro TeenAIDS as an Education Coordinator and had been... Read More

Christy M. Robinson

Christy M. Robinson

School Services Manager

Christy Robinson earned her bachelor of science in health education and a master of science in health science, with a concentration in school health. She spent 11 years as a... Read More

Genoa Rucker

Genoa Rucker

Education and Leadership Coordinator

Genoa Rucker serves as the Education and Leadership Coordinator in the Whitman-Walker Health Youth Services department. Rucker coordinates community workshops and the REALTalk peer education program. She assists youth in developing... Read More

Melissa Sellevaag, LICSW

Melissa Sellevaag, LICSW

Manager of Youth Care Navigation

Melissa Sellevaag, LICSW is currently the Manager of Youth Care Navigation at Whitman-Walker Health. She comes to WWH through the collaboration with Metro TeenAIDS where she served as Director of... Read More

Shane’a Thomas, LICSW

Shane’a Thomas, LICSW

Psychotherapist

MSW - Howard University

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

1525 - by appointment
Eastern Market - by appointment

Monique Thompson

Monique Thompson

Youth Health Educator

Monique Thompson joined Metro TeenAIDS (MTA) in 2012 through Public Allies DC, a movement grounded in the framework that “Everyone Leads.” Through Public Allies, Thompson was placed at MTA as... Read More