HiTOPS is a health education and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring every adolescent safe passage to adulthood by providing comprehensive sexuality education and promoting healthy relationships and supportive connections.
HiTOPS accomplishes its mission through these initiatives:
Reduce rates of HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies through medically accurate and age appropriate curriculum.
Reduce rates of intimate partner violence (including sexual assault and dating violence).
Reduce incidences of self-harm as well as physical assault, harassment and bullying, with particular attention to LGBT youth.
Create healthy, supportive peer/adult connections by training adults and peer leaders, and offering support groups.
How HiTOPS is Unique
Founded by nurse practitioners and health educators, HiTOPS’ collective expertise is in providing medically accurate, age-appropriate, prevention and risk-reduction education to youth. HiTOPS has 27 years of experience promoting best practices in adolescent health for reducing risks and promoting positive youth development.
HiTOPS believes in an adolescent’s ability to learn and make good decisions when given factual information in a non-judgmental way.
HiTOPS values prevention as a cost-effective health strategy that positively engages youth in their own healthcare and averts problems before they begin.
HiTOPS values diversity and promotes inclusivity in everything that we do.
HiTOPS recognizes the strong influence of peers and adults during adolescence, and promotes supportive social connections as important factors affecting the health and well-being of young people.
Theory of Change
If we teach comprehensive sexuality education and promote healthy relationships and supportive connections, then more youth will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed, respectful choices which will lead to increased health enhancing decisions and reduced violence, self-harm and risk-taking, and ultimately healthy adults and a healthy community.