Youth & Family Support


We’re here to help you feel safer and healthier with a wide variety of services. At Whitman-Walker, we offer education, prevention and health programs tailored to young people ages 13 – 24. Our programs are designed to create safe space where all youth feel respected and welcome to be themselves.



Our Youth Care Navigation Services are about education, prevention and helping you understand your health needs. From free HIV/STI/pregnancy testing to lessons on safer sex, our youth team will answer all your questions.

Looking for a safe and stigma-free space to share your thoughts? Youth mental Health services are open to all young person ages 13-24 who have experienced or witnessed something that is difficult to talk about (i.e. crime).

RealTalkDC is our main youth program. It connects you to free health resources and provides inclusive sexual health education for young people ages 13-24 through presentations in schools and programing on Instagram at @RealTalkDC_.

For more information on youth services or RealTalkDC, contact

Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health services provide individual and group therapy for young people ages 13-24 with a specific focus on trauma recovery, LGBTQ identities and other life challenges. These services are free and available to young people who have experienced or witnessed a crime (no police report required). The program provides low-barrier mental health support to maintain overall wellbeing.

This program strives to provide young people a safe and affirming space to explore their own individual capacities for healing. Therapists use a wide array of techniques, from art to music to sand play in session; we tailor sessions to meet the young person’s specific needs. Therapy can be provided virtually, at any Whitman-Walker Health location or at other locations in the community.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a screening, please contact the Youth Mental Health Program Coordinator at 202.321.3303 or

Youth & Family Support

Youth and Family Care Navigation services are designed to help youth and families living with HIV to reach their care goals to live happily and healthily. Through specialized services, we make getting quality medical care easier, while also helping you face other life challenges. Whether it’s a new diagnosis, a new pregnancy, signing up for public assistance, or coordinating an individual care plan, our team is here for you.

A healthy family is a thriving family. We want to see your family thrive.


Our Youth & Family Support Services include:

  • Youth Care Navigation
  • Family Care Navigation (STABLE Families)


Youth Care Navigation

Community-based services to support HIV+ youth in engaging in care. This can include:

  • Youth who are newly diagnosed with HIV
  • Youth transitioning to adult HIV care
  • Youth finding it hard to manage their HIV care on their own


Our goal is to help you remove any barriers preventing you from being healthy and stable.


Family Care Navigation (STABLE Families)

Community-based services to support families impacted by HIV. This can include:

  • Anyone who is pregnant and living with HIV
  • Anyone who is living with HIV and parenting


Our goal is to help you remove any barriers preventing your family from being healthy and stable and if you are pregnant help you birth an HIV-negative baby.